Blueberry Coconut Granola

Apologizing outright for the two week hiatus that was taken. We may have jumped in to buying a darling house, only to find out at inspection that the flooring was held up by cinderblocks, wooden planks, and maybe a few screws– sounds stable. (I think the literal words our contractor said were “run, don’t walk, from this house”). Now here we are back to square 1 in our home search, only a few tears and many margaritas later. Jokes were made about DIY-ing our home with large cardboard boxes and duct tape, but at this point the laughter is laced with a little more consideration.

 

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Now we start the new month with a more determined mission to find a (stable) house, which has inspired a few of my own projects and challenges. I can promise y’all right now, my follow through is the worst. The amount of half-finished furniture my house has accumulated from one too many DIY projects is a bit ludicrous; I’m hoping I can pass it off as a charming quirk. The most recent mental undertaking is a headboard (relevant- the first two headboard attempts lie half finished in some landfill), and if it turns out to be any form of success by not collapsing, I’m fueling building a dining table and benches with that confidence. *insert some joke about being a Carpenter*

 

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You think my ah-mazing granolas are enough of a redeemer for whatever major commitment issues I have? Normally a giant vat of chocolate almond granola is sitting on my counter being eaten by the handful with 0 self-control, but I felt a change with the warm summer air…or maybe it was the 6 lbs of frozen wild blueberries in my freezer.

Favorite way to eat this? In a giant bowl with MORE blueberries, coconut yogurt, a thick drizzle of almond butter, and topped off with chia seeds. I know at this point I’ve listed about 30 other things as my favorite thing, but y’all, sweets that are free from refined sugars that actually keep you full are my favorite things. Was trying to think of a more catchy way to word this but my brain is zapped from adulting this week, so here’s my best attempt: fats are friend, sugar isn’t evil. Of course, the sources of both of those are the most important but don’t think plant based fats and natural sugars are even close to the other ones- those other guys don’t make your skin glow (lookin’ at you, dairy).

 

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Blueberry Coconut Granola

Gather

  • 2 cups of organic rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 cup of  organic blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of  birch xylitol (can sub coconut sugar)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp finely ground pink salt
  • (optional add ins: walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, hemp seeds)

 

Steps

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 325ºF.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a small stove top pan over low-medium heat. Add in the xylitol and stir until all the granules are melted.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Stir in the oats and coat well, then stir in the blueberries.
  5. Spread on to a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10. (If you want slightly toasted coconut, add it in for the last 5 minutes of baking).
  6. Once removed, stir in the coconut if you didn’t already, and any additional add ins. Let it cool at room temp. for 30-40 minutes. If you want those yummy clusters, don’t stir it at all after you take it out of the oven; it hardens more at room temp.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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I may have eaten this for a breakfast and snack for 3 days straight, and only stopped because it was gone, which means I’m definitely on my way to fixing that issue and making a giant batch. 7 all natural, all good for you, all plant based, ingredients? Pretty sure this is one of the easiest, most minimalistic (save this nicecream) recipes on my site. So hashtag worth it.

 

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