I think I am in a rut. There, I said it. I don't know how I got here but if feels like everyday is the same. I have the urge to change things. Not in a big way, but I just need some motivation. It also has to do with the fact that winter is coming. As much as I am trying to love winter, I keep having issues with it. I can't seem to get out of bed, or do something with my day. Do you guys recognize that? I keep promising myself to do a yoga class, or go out and take a walk. However, I always end up on the couch turning on Netflix. AARGH.
When I was little, I used to tell my mom I'd prefer to live in a place without seasons, where the sun would shine day after day, warming my body, never having cold feet. She'd tell me I'd get bored. I, the stubborn child, disagreed of course. And yes, like all moms, she had a point. You probably appreciate the wonders of nature more because of the changing of the seasons. But still, I'd probably get a whole lot of yoga and running done when living in LA, eating raw cake all the time. ;-)
Besides ranting, I also want to talk about this super duper fantastic granola today. Yes that's right, I applaud my own recipe. Because I really want you to make it too! This recipe is the first in a series of four. I think there's nothing more special than giving someone an edible present during the holidays. It screams love & appreciation. Therefore over the next weeks you'll see some suggestions here on the blog, like this granola.
And to continue with not so edible, but nevertheless amazing gift ideas, the beautiful speckled ceramics are handmade by Zaira, the talented girl behind The Freaky Table. There's also an interview up with her on my blog. I think it'll really inspire you. You can find the ceramics on her blog. The small white jug is from Parament, my favorite Spanish webshop for textiles, tableware, and knives. And last, but not least, the dress I am wearing is made by a dutch designer called Liesbeth. Her company Sloppop Yeah sells cute bags, sweaters, and dresses for both children and adults. <3
Winter pear & chocolate granola
(makes 4 cups)
2 cups oats
1 cup puffed quinoa
1 cup hazelnuts, chopped in half
1 cup coconut flakes
2 tbsp palm sugar
2 tbsp bee pollen
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
100 gr/3.5 oz of your favorite chocolate
1/2 cup dried, unsweetened cranberries
1/3 cup freeze dried raspberries
4 small (Gieser Wildeman) pears, peeled
50 ml water
2 tbsp honey
1/2 lemon, juice
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
How to make it
1. Cut the pears in dices and place them in a pan. Add the water, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir frequently. When soft, mash and strain through a sieve. Now you have about 1/3 cup of pear butter. Set aside for a while.
2. Add the dry ingredients for the granola, oats, quinoa, nuts, coconut flakes, sugar, bee pollen, vanilla, and sea salt, to one bowl. Stir.
3. Place the wet ingredients, coconut oil + honey, in a second, smaller bowl. Stir and pour into the larger bowl with the oats. Mix to combine thoroughly. Add the pear butter and stir until incorporated.
4. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola all over the sheet. Press down with the back of a spoon so it sits tightly. If you don't want a clumpy granola you don't have to do this.
5. Place the sheet in the oven and bake the granola for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, flip over the granola and put back in the oven. Bake for another 20 minutes.
6. Remove the granola from the oven. Set aside to cool. Chop the chocolate in rough pieces and add together with the dried cranberries and raspberries to the granola once it has cooled. Mix and store in airtight jars.
PS: come back for the cranberry sauce next week. ;-)