It's the Lenten season again, and like last year I've decided again to give up sugar for this period! (If you're interested in knowing more about why I celebrate Lent and what giving up sugar looks like, let me know and I'm happy to write a post explaining it) but for today, I wanted to begin a small series of sugar-free recipes that are helping me through this season and keeping me from being a grouchy chocolate-and-cereal-craving lady!
Today's recipe is granola. As you're probably now realizing, I'm a huge fan of cereal which - besides chocolate, because I mean chocolate - is probably my worst eating habit. I could it eat for every meal of the day (i.e. Blueberry Mini Wheats with fresh strawberries and a lot of milk. Can I get an amen?!).
But fasting from sugar cuts out every type of cereal known to man (if you know of any crunchy cereal that doesn't have sugar included, I would love to know!) and so I've had to come up with other ways to satisfy that crunch-craving. Enter homemade granola!
Recipe adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow's "It's All Good" cookbook.
-1 1/2 cups rolled or old fashioned oats
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1/3 cup of honey
-1/2 cup plain dates, chopped roughly
-1/3 cup chopped walnuts/almonds/pecans
-a pinch of sea salt
-preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
-whisk together olive oil and honey in a large bowl until it creates a slurry; add in oats and stir to evenly distribute the slurry. The mixture at this point should be a bit clumpy
-throw in your chopped fresh dates, and pour the mixture out onto a baking tray, sprinkling with a pinch of sea salt.
-bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
-let the granola cool in the tray for a good 10 minutes before transferring it back into a bowl and combining with the remaining ingredients.
-serve on top of yogurt, fruit or with milk in a bowl (because cereal. remember? XD)
Let me know if you try this recipe! Is anyone else out there as obsessed with cereal as I am?