It's been quite a while since I posted a recipe... so here ya go! But first, here's a little life update. This summer I traveled a lot with my mom, and it was fabulous! We were only home for about a week before my family moved me up to NYC. I started culinary school, and I could not be happier! My mom and I found the Natural Gourmet Institute almost two years ago, and I made my decision to attend in August 2017. It's been a long time coming! Living in NYC is harder than anyone will tell you, though. It's an incredible city full of everything you can imagine, but it's also a lonely city at times. It's been a difficult adjustment, but I love my roommates, and I love NGI and the friends I've made there! We have learned, laughed, and eaten so much already, and I feel lucky to be on this path with such amazing people.
So without further ado, here is the chunkiest, chocolatey-est, most delicious granola you've ever had... And it's full of healthy fats and protein that will keep you full for hours (not to mention all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will make you glow from the inside out). If you don't have all of these nuts and seeds and can't wait to make the recipe, don't worry! Just make sure you have about 2 1/4 cups of chopped nuts and/or seeds.
- 1/4 cup: almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cacao nibs
- 1 Tablespoon flax
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tablespoon cacao and carob (or just 4 Tablespoons of one)
- pinch salt
- 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Add flax, chia seeds, water, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, salt, cacao, and carob to a large bowl. Whisk until well combined, and set aside.
- Add almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds to a food processor, and pulse until they're broken down but still chunky.
- In a medium bowl, add the chopped nuts, cacao nibs, and sesame seeds. Toss with coconut sugar and cinnamon.
- Give the big bowl of wet ingredients a whisk, and add the nut mixture. Stir until all nuts are well coated.
- Place mixture on a parchment lined baking tray, and bake at 300F for 45 minutes to an hour, tossing halfway through.