Posts Tagged ‘Honey’

Healthy Homemade Granola

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I have a weakness for granola. Especially when it is mixed in with yogourt and berries it makes such a nice summer breakfast. This is my attempt to create a healthier version of one of my classic faves.

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup cashews, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey, softened
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 250 F

In a large bowl combine oats, nuts, seeds, coconut and sugar.

In a separate bowl stir together coconut oil, maple syrup, honey and salt. (It will settle if it sits)

Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry, stirring until well combined.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 60 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes to ensure even colouring.

While it is cooling, stir several times so it does not stick together. Store in an airtight container.

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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

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On the path to healthy living and clean eating, there’s been a few rough patches. It’s not always easy to retrain taste buds and old habits can be hard to break – especially during stressful and busy times. This recipe is my kind of ‘cheat’. It’s sweet and chocolatey, but also gluten free, vegan and super easy to make. Many thanks to my friend Ashley for sharing this amazingly delicious recipe with me.

3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 1/2 cup oats
2/3 cup cocoa

In a large sauce pan, heat honey and coconut oil over low heat until just combined. Add vanilla and salt. I used coarse sea salt, table salt works too.

Turn off burner. Stir in oats and coconut. I used steel cut porridge oats with added flax seeds. Quick oats work too. Add cocoa and mix well with a wooden spoon.

Using a teaspoon, scoop onto a baking sheet. With your fingers, form into little balls. I needed to wash my hands several times through this process as it gets a bit sticky and messy. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.

Makes 36.
2 weight watchers points plus each

Dragon Bowl Peanut Stir Fry

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One of my favourite vegetarian restaurants is The Coup in Calgary, AB. They make one of the most delicious stir fry dishes, and they call it a Dragon Bowl. This is my take on it…

Home Made Peanut Sauce
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp water
A dash of Tabasco sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
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Mix peanut butter, honey and soy sauce together. Slowly add water into the mixture until the sauce is smooth. Add tobasco, garlic and ginger and stir until thoroughly combined.

Steamed Vegetable Stir fry
2 medium carrots chopped
1/2 red onion chopped
Red pepper, cut into strips
Yellow pepper, cut into strips
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup snap peas halved
Bean sprouts
2 lime wedges
Peanuts
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice

In a sauce pan bring 1 1/2 cups water to boil. Add rice, turn heat to low and cover. Cook approx 35 minutes until water has been absorbed and the rice is tender.

In a large sauce pan using a steamer, bring a small amount of water. Add carrots and onion to the steamer first. Cook until slightly softened. Add the peppers, broccoli, snap peas and steam all vegetables together for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
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Layer the ingredients in a bowl, starting with the rice, then vegetables and spoon the peanut sauce over top. Then top with fresh bean sprouts, peanuts and a wedge of fresh lime. YUM!

11 weight watchers points plus value for peanut sauce recipe
3 ppv for 1/2 cup cooked brown rice

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