Homemade Nut Free Cranberry Quinoa Granola bars

So here it is guys! The recipe from my Facebook Live this morning. I love love granola bars, but it’s hard to find some without nuts, especially when nuts are not an options. I love to eat all kinds of nuts, but sometimes we don’t get along, but I will not bore you with that drama. LOL. 🙂

Today it’s all about this recipe. It’s easy and very delicious and you can add your own favorite seeds or dried fruit. Food is truly one of the best places to explore endless possibilities. What I love the most about this recipe is the quinoa element. The quinoa is toasted along with the seeds and gluten free oats. The toasted quinoa, lends a wonderful nutty taste to the granola, lots of crunch and not to mention, it’s a complete protein. So why not?

Oh yes, share with your friends and family as you Set the Table with Love.

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Nut Free Cranberry and Quinoa Granola

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free, if desired)

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoon Earth Balance buttery spread

1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (vegan)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon clove

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup flaxseed meal

1/2 cup cranberries

1 -2 tablespoon orange juice

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Nut Free Cranberry and Quinoa Granola

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Add oats, quinoa, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to a large baking sheet and spread around evenly. Once oven is preheated, toast the oats and quinoa for 8-10 minutes. Once done toasting, pour oats and quinoa into a medium bowl and set aside.
While quinoa and oats are toasting, add Earth Balance buttery spread, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and sea salt to medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes, then add to the bowl with the oats and quinoa. Stir well to incorporate. Fold in flaxseed meal and dried cranberries. Add half of the mixture into a food processor with a tablespoons of orange juice and blend until mixture incorporates together and looks like dough.
Line an 8×4 or 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper; pour mixture in and spread out evenly, then press mixture down in the pan very firmly.
Place pan in freezer for 30 minutes or until mixture has hardened. Remove bars from pan and cut into desired amount of bars. Store bars in the fridge.

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Nut Free Cranberry and Quinoa Granola

Quinoa two ways ~ Toasted and Roasted

Quinoa is one of the only complete protein grains in the vegan/vegetarian circle of life. Quinoa is considered a whole grain, but in actuality,  it is a seed, from a leafy plant that is related to the spinach family. I do enjoy a good bowl of sweet or savory quinoa, but I love to explore other ways I can use ingredients. So, this morning I kept going back and forth with the question, what should I eat, quinoa or oatmeal? I just wasn’t feeling the big bowl of either and wanted something different.

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Toasted Quinoa

 

Toasted Quinoa Recipe:

Preparation
Cook the quinoa in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring or shaking the pan occasionally, until it is lightly dried out and toasted, about 15 minutes.

It will make slight popping sounds as it approaches being done. …
Remove the skillet from the heat.

 

How about granola? Well, I have made granola from scratch a million times, but not with quinoa. Yes! that’s the ticket. Roasted Quinoa granola. I can put this over fruit, yogurt, ice cream, whatever my heart desires. Well, if quinoa can be sweet, how about making it savory. Yes! again that’s the ticket, so I decided to roast the quinoa for my granola and to toast the quinoa for a savory corn salad, I am making for dinner tonight, boom!  Both of these recipes are easy and you could go wild with the possibilities.

I took my Roasted Quinoa and topped it over some sautéed peaches that I seasoned with cardamom, cinnamon and a little pink salt, delish and yum yum approved.

I hope you will enjoy this  complete protein healthy treat and remember to go wild with your imagination when making your granola. After it is cooked and cooled, add dark chocolate chips to it, or  us a different dried fruit, like apricots or a different nut, such as hazelnuts or pecans.  You decide, but whatever you come up with, Remember to Set the Table with Love.

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Roasted Quinoa Granola

Ingredients:
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

1/2 cup uncooked Bob’s Red Mill White Quinoa

1 cups raw almonds, roughly chopped

1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup cranberries

1 1/2  tbsp  organic cane sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 vanilla extract

pink sea salt or reg sea salt , just pinch

2  tbsp coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Add oats, quinoa, almonds, raisins, cranberries,  sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl – stir to combine.
To a small saucepan, add coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup. Warm over medium heat for 2 minutes, whisking frequently, until the two are totally incorporated.

Immediately pour over the dry ingredients and stir to combine until, everything is covered with the syrup mixture.  Arrange on a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper and spread into an even layer.
Bake for  35 – 40 minutes.  Then remove from oven and stir/toss the granola. Rotate the pan to the other side, so you can cook the other end of

the granola and bake 10 -15 minutes more, until it is golden brown. * KEEP WATCH OVER IT SO IT DOESN’T BURN.  Once done, remove from the oven and cool for 20 minutes, before serving.

Caramelized Pears with homemade Granola and Mascarpone cheese

Breakfast and brunch is my favorite time of the day to eat. I love everything about a good breakfast and brunch. I feel, it’s the most creative time of the day to combine savory with sweet. You can have eggs, grits, muffins, toast, cakes, salmon, meat, chicken, juice, coffee and champagne, all at once. So, you see why it’s my favorite time of the day to eat.

I love having fruit for breakfast, but sometimes you want more than a raw apple or a banana. Sometimes, you want something decadent, rich, but also nutritious. I came up with this pear recipe when I got a little to happy in the produce department and bought tons of pears. I ate several and put several in salads, but there was just a few left over and starting to look a little too ripe. I am standing over my counter thinking, what will I do with these pears?  Hmm… sauté them!! Yes!!

I sautéed these pears in coconut oil and I sprinkled a little coconut sugar over the, to give them a nice caramelization, but the coconut sugar also gave them this wonderful nutty flavor. I made homemade granola the night before and thought this would be fantastic over the pears. But, here’s the decadence. I topped them off with little mascarpone cheese with lemon zest. OMG!! I hope your mama is not near, because you would want to slap her. LOL 🙂  Now, if we are going all out healthy , yogurt would be perfect. But sometimes you need to indulge a little, or a lot, depending on the day.  This makes an amazing dessert as well.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Oh yeah, remember to Set the Table with Love.

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Caramelized Pears with Granola and Mascarpone Cheese

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons coconut oil
4 medium Bosc pears, pitted and halved
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 cup granola,  homemade or bought tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, 1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup blueberries or  your favorite fruit
Drizzle of honey

DIRECTIONS

Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Sprinkle each pear with coconut sugar just enough to over lightly cover the pears, you will have some left over.  Melt the coconut oil. and then add the pears, cut-side down, cooking until they are slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the remainder of the coconut sugar and continue cooking until caramelized, 4- 5 minutes, depending on your stove top.

Mascarpone Cheese with lemon zest. 

Add the mascarpone to a bowl and add the lemon zest and gently stir, until the lemon zest is incorporated into the cheese. If you are using yogurt, just add the zest into the yogurt or just add honey to the yogurt, if you desire.

Plating

Divide the pears, 2 pears to a plate. Add the homemade granola, a dollop of mascarpone cheese, drizzle of honey, add the berries all around the plate and a little shake of cinnamon and it’s the bees knees.

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Caramelized Pears with Granola and Mascarpone Cheese

 

 

Raw Breakfast ~ Berry – Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Muesli

Sometimes we just need life to be simple, clean and not complicated. I have found the way you can experience such moments in within the simple things of life. Breakfast can be a great way to demonstrate this energy within your day. I love this breakfast recipe for those reasons, it is simple, clean and complicated but it will fuel you with goodness and energy for your day.

The Go  Raw Sprouted Super Simple Seeds is a great source of protein and iron to get your day energized and don’t you just love the name Sprouted Super Simple Seeds! 🙂

Enjoy!

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Southern Girls ~ Gluten Free Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican Beans

Today I spent time with my friend Melissa. We both are true southern girls, so we love ourselves some cornbread. I made two versions of this recipe. One vegetarian and one vegan.  They both were very delicious. We talked about our childhood, birth order, being girls, southern 🙂 and how much we both love dessert. You know of course I had to have dessert, so I made this Vegan Nice Dream using my Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola. Now remember to scroll down, that recipe with be at the end of this blog post.

Okay, back to the cornbread. The cornbread is sweet and the beans are spicy, an awesome combination. I topped the beans with cheese, and some cilantro and added fresh tomatoes all around the whole dish. I hope you will share this with your family and enjoy it as much as we girls did. Well till next time. Set the Table with Love.

Talk to you later, YA’LL. 🙂

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Southern Girls ~  Vegetarian Gluten Free Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican Beans a

CORN BREAD RECIPE Vegetarian                                                 

Wet Ingredients

2 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature

( For VEGAN VERSION USE ONE FLAX SEED EGG (1 tablespoon ground flax seeds + 2 tablespoons water)

1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 cup Organic Cane Sugar

1/3 cup Olive oil

Dry Ingredients

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Tapicoa Flour

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Sorghum Flour

1/4 cup Bob’s Mills Brown Rice Flour

1 cup Bob’s Mills GF Cornmeal

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Xanthan Gum

1 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease cast-iron skillet. Set a side.

2. In a large bowl, beat the wet ingredients with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended.

3. In a separated bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until thoroughly blended. Gradually, with a blender on low speed, add in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until the mixture is thick like cake batter. Spread evenly in the cast-iron pan.

4. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until top is firm and edges are lightly browned.

5. Remove from oven and set aside.

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Southern Girls ~ Gluten Free Vegan Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican Beans 

Spicy Mexican Beans

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup onions, diced

1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced

1 can organic dark kidney beans

1 can organic pinto beans

1 tbsp William Sonoma Apple smoked herb rub ( optional)

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp smoked chilis

1 tbsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp vegetable broth

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped, for garnish

4 campri tomatoes, cut in fours, for garnish

1 cup of grated white cheddar cheese for the vegetarian version as a topping, 1 cup of vegan cheddar cheese for the vegan version as a topping

Directions:

Add olive oil to a deep sauce pan on medium high heat. Add onions and red bell peppers, cook for about 3 minutes. Add beans and stir. Add spices and stir until beans are coated with the spices. Add 1 tbsp of the vegetable broth, turn the heat down to medium. Cook for 4-5 minutes more adding the rest of the vegetable broth. Cook on a low heat for another 7-8 minutes, until beans are a little tender but still have a firmness.

Remove the cornbread from the cask iron pans, by flipping them over into a plate. The bottom part should be face up.  Scoop the middle of the cornbread out, about 1 1/2 – 2 inches down. Keeping the bottom in tack. You need to just scoop out enough to allow a space for the beans. Add the hot beans into the hollow of the cornbread. The beans need to be hot to melt the cheese, so if you need to warm them up some, do so. Once they are heated up, add the cheese on top, and the cilantro.  Add the quartered tomatoes around the entire dish, if desired.