Keep exploring, seek and find. You know you might surprise yourself.

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

 

*Big thanks to this amazing human being in the photo above aka Elsa, thank you for your utmost support and endless conversations about anything/everything under the sun. Our adventures shall continue and many more years of friendship to come!*

Love,

Sarah

 

 

 

Recipe: Healthy nutty-licious granola

Crunchy crunchy yummy yummy! Homemade granola is actually really simple to make plus super customizable! Store bought ones can be oh so pricey and filled with excessively high amount of sugars. The main ingredient used here are raw rolled oats, pure peanut butter and honey. Additionally, I added raw nuts (cashews and almonds), raisins, goji berries, chia and flax seeds.

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups rolled oats

Half a cup of raw almonds (roughly chopped)

Half a cup of raw cashews (roughly chopped)

Half a cup of mixed raisins and goji berries

Half a cup of raw honey

1tbsp of chia seeds

1tbsp of flax seeds

2 tbsp natural peanut butter

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 large pinch of cinnamon

 INSTRUCTIONS: 

Preheat oven to about 170 degrees.

Melt raw peanut butter and honey together in the microwave to just loosen the mixture hence making the stirring in process easier.

Stir in coconut oil and microwaved mixture. Whisk/stir till combined.

Combine all the other ingredients into a mixing bowl and pour in the microwaved mixture. Use a spatula or clean hands to stir/coat the mixture evenly.

Lastly, sprinkle the cinnamon, chia and flax seeds over the coated mix.

Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, until very lightly toasted/crunchy. (I prefer mine crunchier so I baked it for about 14 minutes). Move the granola around to prevent any burnt bits.

Leave it to cool for another 15 to 20 minutes on a cooling rack or use a fan and direct the wind towards the granola (faster alternative). It is important to let the granola mix cool as it’ll enable to granola to harden up and cool down before consuming/packaging it.

*I packed mine in mason jars and are able to store for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Additionally, to make this recipe vegan, opt for raw maple syrup instead of raw honey! I love having my granola with soy milk or as my smoothie bowl toppings* 

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Healthy home-made granola filled with goodness!

 

Love,

Sarah

 

 

Recipe: Vegan Banana Oat Bread

Food! Don’t we all love to eat! I especially love me some sweet treats and this definitely hits my sweet tooth right in the bulls-eye. This recipe is a much healthier option than other recipes out there and actually only needs a couple of ingredients.

INGREDIENTS:
3 to 4 ripe spotty bananas (Peeled and mashed)
½ coconut sugar 
1.5 to 2 cups of purpose/plain flour (I used whole wheat all purpose flour) 
1 cup soy milk (reduced sugar) 
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 a cup of rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seed
1 tbsp flax seed
⅛ tsp cinnamon
INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F).

Roughly chop the bananas, place them into a large bowl and mash them with a fork to obtain a thick puree like consistency.

Add in the coconut sugar, the soy milk, the cinnamon and stir well to incorporate them.(You can use a whisk to whisk them together)

Add in the flour and mix it in a little at the time, do not just pour all the flour in. Then, tip in the baking powder and mix well.

Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil, pour in the batter and level it with a spatula.

Place the bread in the oven and bake the bread for about 60 minutes, rotating the loaf pan every 30 minutes to allow for even browning and cooking.

To prevent the surface of the bread from burning, remove the bread from the oven after 40 minutes and cover it with aluminium foil.

At the end of the cooking process, pierce the bread with a fork or chopstick to ensure it is cooked. If it is cooked, the pick will come out dry and with no mixture on it.

Make sure to let it cool for at least 20 minutes or so! Yes the temptation to just devour it right away is so strong but letting it cool and settle down really makes a difference so just be patient!

*FYI this banana bread is more of a denser bread and is best eaten warm! Vegan choco chips or swirling peanut butter in are great add ins as well!* 

 

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Yumz in my tumz! I hope you’ll try this simple yet healthy banana bread recipe asap and enjoy it as much as I do!

Love,

Sarah