Weekend rituals right now include: walks, sunshine, simple self-care, reading, cooking. Oh, so much cooking– Ok, I do love that. Anyone else?
Every weekend (quarantine or not), I usually make us a little healthy treat– it’s so soothing and relaxing for me to use my hands to create something out of nothing, without time pressure.
It’s usually nothing too crazy– like the rest of my kitchen goodies, everything I make is pretty quick and not elaborate.
Last weekend’s pick? The gluten free cranberry walnut granola from the new cookbook (page 65)– which can I just say, has totally been saving us for quick & simple meals using minimal ingredients. Aka the name of the game for quarantine cooking. Get your copy here.
The best part??
This one uses almost 100% pantry staples. YUP. Get you some homemade granola this week using all the things you already have.
While we’re chatting about pantry meals… did you see I just opened up a 2-week pantry meal plan?! It has a full shopping list and recipes to get groceries one time and be ready to cook easy, healthy meals for 2 whole weeks. Get yours here.
But back to this heaven-in-your-mouth granola situation.
It’s the perfect one to just use up whatever you have on hand and make your own combo. (Read: recipe ingredients/instructions = optional. Make. It. Your. Own.)
Like mine this weekend: raisins instead of cranberries, and a random assortment of nuts and seeds at the ends of their bags. It all works! And tastes so good.
What are you loving and making lately?
Cranberry Walnut Grain-Free Granola
Makes 8 to 10 servings
2 cups walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons hemp seeds or flaxseeds
3 tablespoons olive or coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well until all the pieces are well coated.
Spread out the mixture on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until golden brown, stirring as needed.