Hi, everyone! Today's post is extra special for a two reasons. First off, it's my 500th Post! I still have to pinch myself sometimes that I've been able to blog so consistently for the past four years; I think it's truly a testament to how much this hobby enriches and energizes me! Thanks to each and every one of you for your support along the way. Your enthusiasm definitely keeps me going as well! Second, today's entry marks my first post in a brand new series, Vibrant Health. While I'm certainly no dietitian or fitness expert, my boyfriend and I have been on a serious healthy eating mission for the past few years and have accrued some fab recipes in the process. I've also been waaay into yoga since the new year and would love the opportunity to chat about that new-found passion here on the blog. As such, Vibrant Health was born!
For this inaugural installment, I thought I'd share with you an ultra delicious treat that my boyfriend concocted recently. I'm a granola girl through and through, which means my yogurt truly feels naked without it. We had been a bit dismayed at the amount of added sugars in store-made granolas (even those aimed at being "all natural"), so Adam went on a quest to create his own. Using the general parameters of "low sugar, yet still delicious", he found this recipe and tweaked it slightly to create perhaps the tastiest granola I've tried. Here's what went into it:
3 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups chopped walnuts and cashews mixed with unsalted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
3 tablespoons of cacao nibs
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
To prep the granola, he simply combined all the of ingredients and spread them out on a tray. He baked the mixture at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes and voila! Easy peasy.
Here's a closeup of the finished product:
The recipe yielded a fair amount of granola, almost enough to fill this giant tupperware container:
Overall, this recipe proves a couple of important things. First, my boyfriend is incredibly industrious and handy, and my taste buds are reaping the benefits! Second, sugar-free granola truly can be delicious! The coconut oil and cacao give it a lovely richness, the nuts and seeds, a delicious crunch, and the coconut, a perfect hint of the tropics. It's all a girl could ask for on her yogurt every day!
Thanks again for dropping by my 500th Post and first-ever Vibrant Health entry. Means so much! Let me know if you're excited about this new health-related series and feel free to leave suggestions for what you'd like to see next!
Are you a granola girl (or guy) like me? Does this recipe make you hungry?
Have a fantastic weekend :)