Honoring Ourselves in Silence
We skipped our Tea Talk this week. Why? We have had gray days and intense cold. Brian has been dealing with a cough and chest congestion. Kapha accumulation in the lungs. We were all tired. Tired deep in our bones. We decided that it wasn't in our best interest to randomly flap our lips when we truly didn't have anything to share. Silence was our cloak for the day.
So when confronted with seasonally aggressive weather....we step back and dial it down. We made the choice to keep our day simple. Soups and adaptogenic hot beverages. Brian indulged in Ginger-Cinnamon-Honey Toddies. We kept the house warm and basically settled in for a snuggly day.
Making Granola is a very simple meal prep option that can save you time and money. I like to use Granola for more than just breakfast. I use it as a topping for soups, salads and quick snacks when on the go.
APPLE-CRANBERRY MAPLE GRANOLA
2 apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
1 1/2 cup dates (pitted soaked and blended until smooth)
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ginger powder
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I use a heavy hand)
2 teaspoon pink salt
2 cups almonds (soaked over night and skins removed
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (soaked 2-4 hours)
3 cups pecans (soaked 2-4 hours)
1 cup pumpkin seeds (soaked 2-4 hours)
1 cup dried cranberry
Place apple, date puree, syrup, lemon, ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and salt into food processor. Add 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds and blend until very smooth. If dry a tablespoon at a time of date soaking water. Pour into mixing bowl.
Dump the rest of the nuts and seeds into food processor. Don't bother rinsing it out....it's all mixing together in the end. Ruff chop with processor. Add nuts and cranberry to the wet mixture and blend with a spoon.
Spread out on a Teflex sheet dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 115 for 6-8 hours. Flip the granola and remove the Teflex sheets. Continue drying for 8-12 hours. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can bake it in the oven on it's lowest setting. Around 250-300. The timing will very from oven to oven - plan on slow baking for most of the day. Check granola often. Break apart and store in fridge for a few week. We hope to see you next week on our livestream. Stay warm!
Sweet Granola Kisses!
Blessings to All!
Love Naomi & Brian