I wish I was more consistent with posting these days. I have so many recipes sitting waiting to be posted, I just need to DO it. I have been so busy…that’s life though right?! Today was the start of my new Challenge Group F.A.B.B. February! I am excited, as always! I love meeting new people and helping them reach their goals! Plus, I am doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme with my current group, so that should be a lot of fun! I am ready to amp things up a bit and see if it will help me change! I have been stuck for a while now…but I blame it on my back because it has been hurting a lot lately making my workouts slack. I have an MRI coming up though…but in the mean time I am doing what I can. I will say, the waist trainer helps support my back a lot. I do not wear it during the day, just during my workout, and I think it helps a lot so I can do more without feeling the pain. If you suffer from back pain or a weak core, those things are very helpful. A lot of my clients have back issues…I think because I talk about mine so much and have lost 80 lbs I tend to get a lot of questions from those wanting to lose weight with back problems. Its crazy how many people suffer from injuries…it’s seriously a pain in the butt…but on the plus side there are ways to still keep you active and reach your goals even after recovering from injury. I have had 2 knee surgeries and back surgery, its no fun, but not the end of the world. 🙂
Anyway, we can talk about granola now! I LOVE eggs, they are my favorite, and I do eat them for breakfast every day. However, now and then, granola for lunch or snack is so yummy! I love this granola, and the recipe makes a lot, and it keeps for a few weeks so you will have it available during a few meal preps! Plus, it is a little sweet without the guilt! I wanted this to be bars so badly…and I have tried several times. I wish I knew how to do that. No matter how much honey, they never stick together. I read you “need” corn syrup, but I really do not want to use that stuff. I am sure I will figure it out one of these days, and let you guys know as soon as I do lol.
Try it out and let me know what you think! I love to see your photos too…so tag me or hashtag #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram and ill share it too! 🙂
1.75 cups Hazelnuts, chopped
1 cup Almonds, chopped
1.75 cups Cashews, chopped
2 cups Brazil Nuts, chopped
1 cup Unsweetened Coconut
1 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp Raw Honey
1/4 cup Flax Meal
1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
All your nuts/seeds need to be raw. Try to avoid the roasted and salted options, it will throw off the taste and end up really salty.
After you chop all your nuts, add them to a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients, and combine so the honey lightly coats everything.
Pour the mixture into a large baking dish and bake for about 15 minutes, then stir, and bake another 15 minutes. You want to keep doing this every 15 minutes until golden brown. I baked mine for about 35-40 minutes total.
Remove and let cool. The granola will not clump together like a granola bar (obviously based on my comment above…the struggle lol) but there will be some clusters and single pieces in there (just like the photo).
You can eat by itself, or with some unsweetened almond milk. My kids LOVE this.