Loaded Granola | Makes 7 1/2 cups
This is my new favorite granola recipe && it’s really low in added sugars. It’s also incredibly customizable if you don’t have all these ingredients in your pantry and want to make some swaps. I’ll add a few ideas for substitutions at the end.
- 1 c rolled oats
- 1 1/2 c puffed millet or puffed rice cereal
- 1/2 c dry millet [another 1/2 c oats works too!]
- 1 c almonds, chopped
- 1 c raisins
- 1 c pumpkin seeds [pepitas]
- 1/2 c chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 c walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 c unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 c hemp hearts
- 1 T cinnamon
- 1 t salt
- 3 T natural peanut butter
- 1 T agave nectar
- 1 1/2 large or 2 small ripe bananas
- 1 T vanilla pure vanilla extract
- Dried cranberries, gogi berries, mulberries, dried cherries
- Sesame seeds, pistachios, macadamia nuts
Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Place wet ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Beware: this little concoction tastes like peanut marshmallow fluff. Don’t eat it all. Stir the “fluff” into the dry ingredients. Mix and mix and mix until everything is coated really well. Pour out evenly onto the baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning the pan half way through. Do NOT stir up the granola while it’s baking or immediately after removing it from the oven! Let it cool for 15 minutes before breaking the granola up into clumps.
Store in a airtight container. Keeps for at least a couple of weeks. Enjoy :)
HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY ?
Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.
Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
And this is the purpose of human life.
die a lot!