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Foodie Friday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe

#FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.com

I’ve made many batches of this recipe as gifts, and every single time I’ve been asked later for “more of that wonderful granola”! The blend of spices (especially the “secret ingredient” of cardamom) combined with vanilla is what I think makes it special, but feel free to adjust the seasoning to suit your own tastebuds.#FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.com

Tips

Use parchment paper or silicone baking mats on the baking sheet, or expect to scrub hard when the syrup adheres nearly permanently to the metal surface. (I learned this the hard way.)

Use sunflower seeds to make a nut-free version that’s a bit more accessible to those with food sensitivities.

Spiced Vanilla Granola

4 cups organic rolled oats

1 cup chopped raw almonds, pecans, or walnuts

½ cup organic raw unsweetened shredded coconut 

¼ cup freshly ground flax seeds

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cardamom

¼ tsp coriander

¾ cup Sucanat or Rapadura

⅓ cup coconut oil

¼ cup maple syrup or honey

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

#FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.comPreheat oven to 300°F. Cover a rimmed shallow baking pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients.

In saucepan, combine oil, sugar, and syrup or honey. Bring up to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. #FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.com

Pour hot liquid over oat mixture, stirring quickly to mix well.

#FoodieFriday: Spiced Maple-Vanilla Granola Recipe from Beeyoutiful.comSpread mixture onto baking sheet. Bake at 300°F, stirring every ten minutes until golden brown (about 30 minutes). Cool completely and store in air-tight container.

Makes about 6 cups. Recipe can be doubled or tripled to fill more than one baking sheet.

 

Snow Day Magic With Just 4 Ingredients

2Just when we thought winter had all but disappeared, she raised her cold head once again. Instead of coming in like a lion, our March has come in like a polar bear and we awoke to a fresh blanket of snow this morning. It is the powdery fine stuff, so the kids weren’t having as much fun without snowballs or sledding. I decided to put the snow to work entertaining them another way and made a quick batch of Snow Cream. Whether you prefer vanilla or chocolate, we know you will enjoy these two treats! (No snow? Use shaved ice!)

1Vanilla Cream

8-12 cups Fresh Clean Snow

1/2 cup coconut milk or raw milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
5-10 drops French Vanilla Stevia

Mix all the wet ingredients and then add to snow and mix. Eat immediately!

Chocolate Cream
8-12 cups Fresh Clean Snow
1/2 cup coconut milk or raw milk
1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder
1/2 cup Rapadura

Mix Milk, Cacao and Rapadura and then add to snow. Enjoy!3

Vanilla Dream Lotion Bar- Summer 2008 Catalog

By Kelsey Hoppman Dry skin is a common problem all over the United States throughout the year, especially in the winter months. Where I live, there is little to no humidity and dry skin is prevalent. That is why it is very important that I have something that will soothe and heal my dry skin. I began my quest for a product that would do just that.vanilladreamlotionbar2web The “lotions” that you buy in stores, are made up of chemicals such as: Methylparaben, Blue1, Yellow5, Propylparaben… I could go on, but you get the picture. Somehow, putting chemicals on my skin did not sound indulging. Also, I know that though, at the moment, it might feel good, it was harmful to my health. Sometimes people think that using products topically will not be hazardous to their health, or skin. In fact our skin is the largest organ of our body, so, whatever is applied will be absorbed into our system. That is why I decided to create a lotion bar made from natural ingredients. The result was the Vanilla Dream Lotion Bar.EveningPrimroseOilWebProPillS Each ingredient in this bar has a specific purpose and benefit. The grape seed oil inside the bar is a preferred cosmetic ingredient for damaged and stressed tissues. The Beeswax is non comedogenic as well as the fact that it provides a moisture barrier against harsh elements. Beeswax is also smoothing and moisturizing and among other things, it can be used as an antibiotic or antiseptic.Evening primrose oil comes from a wild flower that grows throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The flowers contain a certain fatty acid which has remarkable healing properties and has also been shown to ease inflammation. Evening Primrose Oil has been used to treat common skin conditions such as: acne, rosacea, and eczema. The benefits are not just for skin, but for women’s health as well. Vitamin E has many known benefits and works as a natural preservative. Cocoa Butter, or sometimes called Cacao Butter, has been called the “ultimate moisturizer” and used to keep skin soft and supple for centuries. It is recommended for eczema and dermatitis. Cocoa Butter also creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment and it helps retain moisture, just as beeswax does. By-the-way, it is also very helpful in preventing stretch marks in pregnancy. Finally, the Vanilla Essential Oil, or Vanilla Plantifolia has a soothing effect and stabilizes emotions. The really great thing about the lotion bar though, is that it is not just for dry skin. It can be used at any time and in any way. It also is very portable. Try the Vanilla Dream Lotion Bar out for yourself! You’ll be surprised at the smooth feel and your body will thank you over and over. Kelsey Hoppman is a home schooled fourteen year old and eldest of eight. At the age of eleven she began her venture in developing bath products, beginning with soap and later on: to sugar scrubs, lotion bars, chap sticks, and so forth. She is currently living in New Mexico and hopes to broaden her bath and spa line as soon as she finishes her schooling.