As the weather gets colder, I feel more and more in need of small comforts. Whether lighting a candle, getting into a warm bath, or indulging in some really rich, deep dark chocolate. I was recently having a discussion with a friend about how it’s not always one big thing that changes your life, but the small changes which all come together to make a difference.
As 2017 come to a close, and we look at our goals and aspirations for the year ahead, one of my goals is is to do things that make me feel good. Not always looking for progress or measurable change, but doing things to make myself feel good in the moment, since all these moments can add up to something we might consider, “happiness.”
One thing that always makes me feel good is doing things for others. My sister loves granola, and as much as I love eating it, I equally enjoy making it and then seeing others enjoy it. There’s something comforting about granola- and not the store bought kind, but the real homemade, stored in a mason jar kind. Even though I’ve posted one (or two) granola recipes on the blog, I don’t think I can ever settle on just once recipe. Once you have the basic “formula” it’s easy to take out or add in new things for a new recipe. This granola though I took out the usual basis- the oats! With just nuts and spices, this is the perfect snack you can eat on it’s own, or something to add onto fruit, yogurt, or a smoothie.
With this new granola for a new year, I hope you move into 2018 with all the good feelings this “granola” offers.
New Year’s Granola
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw pistachios (shelled)
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup almond butter (crunchy or smooth works!)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper
- In a food processor add almonds, pumpkin seeds and pistachios and pulse until they are broken into smaller pieces
- Add to a large mixing bowl and mix in flaxseeds.
- Melt coconut oil in a small pan over a low flame. Once melted, turn off the flame and stir in almond butter and maple syrup.
- Add the coconut oil mixture to the nuts and stir well to combine.
- Spread out evenly on the baking tray and bake in oven for about 30 minutes. Then stir the granala in the tray and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
- Store in airtight container in the fridge, to keep crisp and delicious!
Inspired by Rachel Mansfield’s Grain Free Granola.