So the Granola worked pretty well - wasn't that crunchy after being cooked but prob because it was a bit moist when i mixed it altogether. I looked at a lot of different recipes but I'll put down what I decided to put in it, which is of course dependent on what you have in your pantry: (all ingredients are organic and water used was filtered)
# 1 1/2 cup almonds
# 1 cup macadamias
# 1 cup sunflower seeds
(all soaked together o/night and then drained and rinsed before using)
# 1 cup sultanas
# 1/2 cup dried apricots chopped small
(soaked in 3/4 cup water o/night - it will absorb a lot of the water but drain any excess off)
# 1/2 cup golden linseeds
# 1/4 cup sesame seeds
(soaked in 1/2 cup of water and o/night will become gelatinous so all mixture will be used)
In a food processor chop up your nuts and sunflower seeds to desired size, then empty into a big bowl.
Put dried fruit & seeds in food processor and mix till smooth. (At this stage you can add a 1/2 cup of sugar-free peanut butter if you want). Add 2 tsps of agave syrup for sweetness, 1 tsp of vanilla, and 2 tbsp coconut oil (also optional). Mix. Empty into bowl and stir into nuts. Add 1 tsp of cinnamon and pinch of sea salt. (Can also add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut at this stage). Mix well and then spread out onto 2 oven trays (lined with baking paper) and bake in oven till crispy and golden. (Mine wasn't getting crispy so broke off edges and then broke the rest up and turned it over to cook other side, still was rather soft at end but put it into glass cannister and into fridge.
There are so many other things you can use in this: walnuts, oat or buckwheat groats (?), other dried fruit etc.
I had a very late breaky and it was a bowl of yoghurt sprinkled with blueberries and broken up granola - heavenly. I have to be careful not to be snacking on it all the time and my 1 yr old could not eat enough of it either.
Had my next lot of blood tests done but they could not find a good vein so stuck me times and only got 3mls - very likely they will call me in to give more blood and that means longer to wait for results. Went home and made a delicious omelette with rocket, grated cheese, tomato rolled into it. Finally made my hommous this arvo as well - super delicious. Recipe below:
1 tin drained chickpeas
125g roasted capsicum (bottled or fresh)
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
1 tsp sea salt
enough oil to make it the consistency you want (I used the sunflower oil from the roast capsicum).
Put all in food processor till nice and smooth. I spread it on the buckwheat crispbread and was a bit of a waste because they weren't that nice. So would much prefer to have veges to dip into it - carrot, celery, radishes, cukes, etc. Mmmmmm....can't wait!
And was thankful I got a second meal out of the salmon for dinner tonight - a thai curry with coconut milk and salmon and veges. I had mine over bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts and coriander, while everyone else had rice.
Desperately need to buy some more stuff as I've used up a lot of dried fruit and nuts etc. These foods are not cheap (esp organic) so I'm hoping I get the most out of what I use. I feel like I'm not struggling yet with the sweets withdrawal and maybe not eating as much??? However, it's been agony to walk today with severe soreness up my ankles - could be from gym tho? Which reminds me, must be off to bed for my 5.30 wake-up!