Friday, September 11, 2015

Mason Jar Granola !

Mason jar meals might be the next best thing for meal planning! Mason jars offer a great opportunity to think outside the lunch box when it comes to mealtime and you can make a ton of great food ideas like soups, salads, and mixes just to name a few.

Right now in my kitchen, I am filling Mason jars of all sizes with homemade grown-up granola which I am slightly addicted to! 

This recipe is one of the most delicious anytime "I NEED FOOD NOW!!" moments and for those of you who love eating nuts and seeds. There’s so much goodness in every bite, with rare ingredients like Brazil nuts and various seeds you can add any dried fruit to make this a palate party unlike any store-bought granola without being processed from a factory. Let's bring on the healthy this fall season with this delicious recipe !

Here is my rendition of Homemade Healthy Granola !

1 cup each raw Brazil nuts, pistachios, almonds, and cashews
1 cup each raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds
1 cup coconut flakes unsweetened
1/2 cup raw local honey
5 dates
1/4 cup of cinnamon
2 pinches of turmeric
2 pinches of pink Himalayan sea salt
Filtered water
Parchment paper

The HOW TO :
Start the day before by adding the dates to a container. Cover with filtered water and place in the refrigerator overnight (or longer).

Add the dates and water to a food processor. Process to make a date paste and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grab a big bowl and add all the nuts. Using the food processor, mix the nuts to a medium size chop. Continue this until all the nuts are chopped.
Add chopped nuts to a large bowl and mix in the remaining ingredients, as well as the date paste.

Take two cookie sheets and line with parchment paper. Put a layer of the granola mixture on the trays and cook for 20 minutes (up to 30, depending on how well-done you like it).

I recommend setting the alarm for 15 minutes and checking every 5 so it cooks perfectly and does not burn. This is my fail-safe system for those who want the granola roasted just slightly.

Store in snack size Mason jars for grab-and-go ease in the refrigerator. Enjoy.

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