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Honey Sweetened Coconut Oil Peanut Butter

I finally did it. 
I made peanut butter and now I curse myself why I hadn’t done it earlier. 
Easy. Fast. Cheap. Delicious. 
It takes me 5 minutes to make it. 

it has 3 ingredients. 

and if I let them, my kids would devour it in one sitting. 

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I buy my peanuts in bulk: roasted and salted

Unsalted will do, too but you will need to add a pinch of salt to the recipe. 

Depends on how thick you like the peanut butter you can adjust the amount of coconut oil. 

So there are no precise measurements in this recipe. 

It all depends on how sweet you like it and how much coconut oil you want in it. 

My last recipe looked like this:

2 cups roasted salted peanuts 

2 TBSP raw honey

2 TBSP coconut oil 

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Because I run out of coconut oil the last batch came out a little too thick. Still delicious, though. 
My kids were fighting over it, and the younger one didn’t let me finish with the pictures.

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She is a little piggy when it comes to food. She eats my dinner and then what’s left from her sister’s plate so this delicious creamy stuff was just too much to say no to! 

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As for the directions how to make it, well… 
You will need one of those super powered ( 🙂 ) blenders: Vitamix or Blendtec
I have Blendtec and I am LOVING IT 

Directions: 

1. Throw the peanuts and blend on “ice crushing” mode.

2. Scrape the sides and blend it on “ice crushing” mode again.  

3. Scrape the sides and blend on “smoothie” mode. 

4. Scrape the sides add coconut oil and honey. 

5. Blend on “smoothie” mode again. 

6. Adjust the flavor adding more coconut oil or honey.  

7. ENJOY

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Coconut Oil Giveaway (+amazing recipes how to use it)

Today I’ve got something special for all my readers and guests.

I’ve got something what I truly love myself.

COCONUT OIL!!!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

Let me explain to you why I love it so much and share with you a few of my favorite recipes with coconut oil in them.

It’s been 2 years since I bought my last body lotion or facial cleanser.

A year from my last purchase of deodorant or shampoo.

For a few months now I’ve used home-made body wash as well.

Body scrub, Eye cream, face cream, diaper rash cream, all home-made.

For a long time I had made body lotions based on olive oil or almond/hazelnut oil, where the emulsifier was an emulsifying wax. At some point I have decided to try to make something that do not require any artificial ingredients.

Then I found out about coconut oil and about how wonderful it is for our bodies.

I’ve made a coconut oil-cocoa butter deodorant and I was hooked. This deodorant is the best one I have ever had in my life. (download the recipe in pdf from here).

After that I made a coconut oil eye cream which has become a face cream and a diaper rash, since then (pdf file with the recipe here).

Later I discovered something called whipped coconut oil and have decided to experiment with it. I was able to make whipped coconut oil-cocoa butter body butter and I loved it (download the recipe in pdf here)

Just for this post I have made something special:

Ingredients:

2/3 cup coconut oil,

1/2 cup fresh brewed strong coffee, cold *

4 capsules vitamin E

* coffee can be substitute by GREEN TEA. In this case this cream is great to use as a baby body lotion.

Directions:

So, I am going to tell you from my experience how it works for me EVERY SINGLE TIME I make it.

The coconut oil HAS to be in its hard state. Preferable if you put it in the fridge for 10 minutes before starting to work with it.

Using KitchenAid whip the coconut oil like you would beat egg whites, until stiff peaks form. It might take time and you might have to put the bowl with the oil to the fridge for a few minutes once or twice.

When the oil is whipped and have a silky gloss, add 1/2 cup cold coffee. At this point you will have to cover the mixer with a towel if you don’t want to get yourself and everything around splashed. 

Turn on the mixer on high-speed and whip for another 3 to 5  minutes stopping and scraping the sides of the bowl a few times. For sometime it will look like the coffee is separated from the oil and it doesn’t want to combine well.

Just keep mixing and it will all come together as a wonderful mocha coffee scented cream.
When the cream is almost ready, with a sharp knife, poke a hole in vitamin E capsules and squeeze the content into the cream. Mix the mixture for a few more seconds.

Done!

With a clean spoon transfer it to a clean glass jar. Preferably if the jar and the spoon were sterilized (5 minutes in a boiling water will do).

Store the jar in the fridge. The cream will get hard like butter.

For all my home-made cosmetics I use plastic spoons to scoop it out whenever I use it.

I reuse those spoons (washing them in a dish washer).

For easy use take the jar to the bathroom every time you go to take shower or a bath. While in the bathroom it will soften and get easier to scoop out. I NEVER PUT MY BARE FINGERS INSIDE THE JAR. That way I limit the amount of bacteria that can get inside the lotion/cream and cause it to go bad quickly. As you need to realize those lotions do not have any artificial preserves!

This butter melts almost immediately on skin. It applies easily and absorbs wonderfully.

It smells like heaven, too!!!

Using COCONUT OIL in homemade cosmetics is not the only way I use it. 

Here are a few of my my favorite ways to use it in foods:

– in pasta salad instead of dressing. It gives it an amazing and light coconuty flavor.

– drizzled over a mango-avocado salsa!!!gosh! it is DELICIOUS!

– 1 tsp to my morning cup of coffee – check my previous post with the link-up. Gabby@veggie nook shared her recipe for it!!! it is awesome!!!

– or to my apple cider vinegar detox drink

There is many more uses for coconut oil but I’ll stop here as I have to get to the point of this post. Thanks to Tropical Traditions

I am giving away, here on my blog:

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

1 quart of Gold Label
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All coconut oil related LINK-UP and a coconut oil – coffee face scrub recipe

This is a special post for all of you who love coconut oil and all the things you can make with it.

On Monday I’ll have something special here on my blog; I am hosting a GIVEAWAY. Thanks to Tropical Traditions there will be a big jar of coconut oil to win.

That blog post will have a few extra recipes for homemade body care products, as well. They are all made with coconut oil. I can’t say which one is my favorite one. I love them all. Each for something different and all of them for the coconut oil and its wonderful properties.

Just because the post with the giveaway can not have any links to an external websites (except Tropical Tradition) I am writing this post to give you all a chance to share with me and others YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE WITH COCONUT OIL in them.

As for myself I am going to share very simple recipe for every day face scrub. As some of you might know already, I do not use any commercial face cleansers, or body lotions, or shampoos, or deodorants.I went through a period in which I had tried the oil cleansing method. You can read about it here.

I ended up with a very dry skin, actually. YES! You read it right. Washing my face with a mixture of olive oil and hazelnut oil had made my face look like I had a facial dandruff.

After trying a few different mixes I have finally settled for coffee grounds-honey-coconut oil facial scrub.

I made it fresh every other day or every two to three days. It depends on the amount of the coffee grounds I use each time.

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. fresh coffee grounds (from my morning coffee)

1 Tbsp. organic honey

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients.

Each morning apply about 1 tsp. of the mixture on your face and rub it very gently with circular motion.

You can leave it on for a few minutes before washing off.

Note:

My face is and always has been an oily kind. For this kind of skin it is OK to use scrub every day, while for sensitive skin using scrub every day is not a good idea.

This scrub works great on the entire body. For this purpose you may want to add cinnamon and orange or lemon juice. I use it all the time and after each use my skin is so soft and moisturized that I do not feel the need for use of any lotion.

this is a picture from 2010, so you can see for how long I’ve been using this scrub. Before I’ve  discovered the coconut oil, I had been using olive oil and although it was a good body scrub it was not as fantastic as it is with the coconut oil in it.

Please link-up as many recipes as you wish but, please, keep it in mind that all of them should have coconut oil as one of the ingredient!!!

P.S 

For some reason my link-up tool has stopped working, so if you want to participate just post your recipe as a comment!
Thank you for participating!!!
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Pasztet z marchwi – Polish Carrot Pâté with coconut sugar glazed carrots

Dish this was in my head for a long time. As once vegetarian I used to make it quite often. I made a few changes like the glazed carrots inside or coconut oil but the rest of stayed pretty the same. 

Normally pasztet is meat based dish. In Poland it’s made from ground poultry, pork, ham (It actually could be made from any kind of meat). The meat is minced into a spreadable paste. It’s mixed with flour or bread crumbs, eggs, seasonings and baked in a loaf-like pan. It’s not the healthiest dish as it’s made mostly from the “strange” parts of the animal (like liver) and its fat.

There is many variations of this dish. Vegetarian variations as well. Mine is one of them. To like this dish you really must like carrots. It is essentially a carrot paste with whole sugar glazed carrots inside. I LOVE it. My husband DOES NOT.

Ingredients for glazed carrots:

4 carrots, lengthwise the size of a loaf pan*

2 Tbsp  butter, unsalted

1 Tbsp coconut sugar (brown sugar is fine, too)

orange juice from one orange, fresh squeezed

* You can cut those carrots in half but you don’t have to if you have a pan wide enough to cook them in.

First of all I need to mention that I’m in love in coconut sugar, lately (as well as coconut oil).
I discovered this sugar in our grocery store for about $5 per lb. It’s not the cheapest thing but I had to try it. Now I am hooked. I use it only in small amounts and in a few dishes so it lasts longer.

Place carrots in a sauce pan. Add coconut sugar, butter and fresh squeezed orange juice. Covered bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a medium low and cook for about 20 minutes or until almost all the liquid is gone. Stir it often.

Ingredients for pâté: 

9 medium carrots, washed

2 Tbsp plain yogurt

2 eggs

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

zest from one lemon

2 Tbsp coconut oil

 1/4 big red (sweet) onion

1 stick celery

salt, pepper, sugar (to your taste)

feel free to use ginger and nutmeg as well

Directions:

wash the carrots, cut into small pieces and place into blender. add flour, eggs, yogurt and lemon zest. blend until smooth. add spices and blend again. set aside.

in a small pan heat the coconut oil, add onion and celery. cook until both are soft. add it to the carrot mixture and blend again until smooth.

Pour half of the mixture to a loaf pan. Place 2 glazed carrots side by side.

Pour the rest of the carrot mixture over it and place the remaining glazed carrots on top of it pressing them so they are slightly covered.

Cover with aluminum foil. Baked in 355 F for 1.5 hour in a water bath.

After that let it cool covered or serve warm immediately.

It could be served warm or cold.

As a main dish or a side dish.

As a paste on a sandwich or with crackers.

It looks great and taste delicious with fresh mint 🙂

Store it in a fridge for up to a week. It actually tastes better after a few days.

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Yellow mango – avocado salsa (with coconut oil)

I love Spring, its richness (and low prices) of so many fresh fruits and veggies.

It makes me want to eat fresh and raw. I am not any near to say I eat raw a lot. To be able to say that I would have to stop eating all that home-baked breads and pies that I like so much (maybe too much), ah… and ice cream.

Sometimes, I wish my husband wasn’t such a carnivore, but that is his choice… I prefer to spend a little more time in the kitchen preparing two dinners (or lunches) just so I don’t have to eat meat. I think it’s worth it on a long run… and I feel so much better when I don’t eat it. I am not a vegetarian (I used to, though). I spoiled myself with a good and flavorful homemade chicken stock… and all kinds of soups made with it 🙂

Anyway,

once, after a long trip to a grocery store, which is always a challenge with two kids, we came back exhausted. Husband had quick leftover lunch (with meat) and I was planning to go through the afternoon snacking on some almonds. It didn’t work that way. I was too hungry. Unloading all the groceries I’ve decided to make a salad.
I thought, I came up with a great recipe. Later browsing the Internet I saw I wasn’t the first who invented mango-avocado-tomato salad… and that it actually has a name already: “mango salsa”.

I thought I found my “signature dish” 😉

Ingredients:

1 avocado

1 yellow mango

1 Roma tomato

1/4 red onion

2 Tbsp raisins

2 tsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp almonds, (optional)

salt

pepper

Directions are easy 🙂

Cut everything into pieces (except raisins) and mix with coconut oil. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped almonds.

Enjoy!

I have to add that the coconut oil in this recipe is a MUST!!!


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Homemade and fresh: Coconut Milk

Coconut milk, delicious, creamy and thick, that’s how I like it… with a hit of sweetness.

It’s been a while since I bought coconut or almond milk. I like to make my own and the way I like it. It’s not only cheaper but it’s made fresh and it taste better.

Normally I buy peeled coconut which I have to open on the top and scoop out the white soft part. I keep the coconut water for smoothies or soups.

It’s pretty hard work to open it but it’s really worth it.

Most recipes for homemade coconut milk call for:

3 cups of water

1 coconut (the white soft part)

Of course, this way the milk is less thick and you get more for your buck.

I normally use only:

2 cups water, filtered,

1 coconut,

1 Tbsp agave nectar

This way I get more thick milk (if I don’t strain it, it’s even thicker).

The white part after it’s scooped out needs to be washed.

Then blend everything together, add whatever sweetener you use and blend a little more.

Enjoy or store in the fridge for further use.

It stays fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge.

All the recipes I found online say that you need to strain it after blending. I do not do that and I LOVE IT that way. It’s really thick and creamy. Yumm!!!

I think that if you have Blendtec, Ninja or Vitamix kind of blender it does pretty good job in blending and you don’t need to strain it but it’s only my opinion.

I can drink it just as it is without anything else.

Have a wonderful Monday and stay thirsty, my friends 🙂

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Whipped coconut oil-cocoa butter body cream

Since the day I made my first cream from coconut oil I am in love in it. In coconut oil, I mean. It works wonderful and it smells pretty darn good, too.

Lately I run out of my last homemade body lotion and at the same time I run out of emulsifying wax as well, so I went without any lotion for a while.

Looking for an inspiration for a new homemade cosmetic I came across Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter. I instantly fell in love in this VERY SIMPLE recipe. So I’d decided to make it.  

By that time I didn’t have KitchenAid just a simple electric hand mixer.

The recipe is simple. You pour a certain amount of coconut oil to a bowl and whip it until it looks like whipped cream.

So, the first time it took me about 30 minutes to finally give up on this project. I whipped and whipped and whipped and the consistency hadn’t changed almost at all. I thought the cocoa butter I added to the mixture was the main problem. I ended up with something that had the raw honey consistency. I used it all anyway.

A few days ago I decided to try it again. This time in my KitchenAid. I thought: “oh well, at least this time I don’t have to stand and hold it for so long. I’ll just turn in on and leave to do something else.”

And I did that.

I pour about 1/4 cup of coconut oil to the mixing bowl, turned the mixer on and went to play with my kids. After about 10 minutes It looked at it and there was almost no changes in the oil. I turned a little more white and it looked more thick.This time I’d decided not to give up so easily.

I turned the mixer off and put the bowl to the fridge for about 5 minutes. It was a really hot day when I was making it so I thought maybe the warm temperature at the house is the main problem why my oil doesn’t want to get thick.

After 5 minutes in the fridge I whipped it again for about 5 minutes. Turned it off and put it back to the fridge for 5 minutes. While the oil was in the fridge I melted 2 oz cocoa butter (over double boiler). When it melted I put it to the fridge to cool it down and I took the bowl with coconut oil out.

This time while whipping the consistency finally started to change and it got to the point where it looked like that:

And then I got very excited. FINALLY!!!

It smelled wonderful. Just like a coconut. The scent was so vivid and strong. Normally you can’t smell that coconut strong scent in regular coconut oil but when you whip it, oh… it’s just amazing. I love it!!!

At this point I took the cocoa butter from the fridge, it was cold but not hard, it had the consistency of honey, and I added it to the bowl with whipped coconut oil.

Then I added about 6 capsules of vitamin E and a few drops of grapefruit essential oil and whipped it for additional 5 minutes.

This is what I ended up with: smooth and silky whipped cream that smelled like coconut. 

The thing is that I do store it in the fridge and at this point it’s hardened. It didn’t stay soft and silky. I didn’t want to keep it in room temperature because I am afraid it will melt in this hot weather we’ve got here. 

Now it has the consistency more like a hard butter. It’s not REALLY hard but I need a spoon or a knife to scoop it out from the jar. Whenever I take a shower I take that jar with me so it gets softer in the moist and hot bathroom environment and after that it’s easier to scoop it out. 

It’s easy to apply on my body because as soon as it touches the skin it melts beautifully and it’s absorbs really good, too.

So far I think, I have found my second favorite recipe for body lotion 🙂

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My experience with Oil-Cleansing Method plus Homemade face cream recipe

Months ago I came across a post from where I found out that it is good to wash your face with oil(s). Yes, THE oils that you cook with. I was sceptic at the beginning so I started reading more about it just from a curiosity. I am not going to re-write here what I read on those many blogs I have found, and you would be surprised how many people actually do it (use oil to wash their faces with). Instead, if you’re interested, I’m posting links to a few of those posts I think are filled with good information about OCM (Oil-Cleansing Method) on the bottom of my post (look at related articles).

I’ve decided to try it.

I do have an oily skin and almost every day I had to wash it with water a few times a day in order to get rid of that oily shining.

I mixed my first batch of oils about two months ago using:

3 tsp Olive Oil

9 Tsp Hazelnut Oil

I keep it in a bottle of my old store-bought cleanser in the bathroom.

I’m almost out of my first batch but, for sure, there will be another one. I really like the way my skin feels and looks. I do not have to wash my face with water every few hours in order to stop shining 🙂

In my entire life I might have used one or two face creams but for the last few years I used non. Using the OCM has made my skin REALLY dry in some areas. From what I read I know that it happens when you chose a bad mix of oils for your skin or the proportions are not right. Next time I’m going to use more olive oil and less of the second oil (not sure yet which one I’m going to use).

So far to get rid of that dry patches on my skin I’ve decided to make my own face cream that would help me but not make my skin oily again.

I choose to use coconut oil. This oil is very moisturaizing and it suppose to be one of the best to use on your skin. I bought mine in our local store for $6  (14 oz.). I used it before to make deodorant and there is still plenty left in the jar.

For the face cream I used only 1.5 oz. I didn’t want to make a whole lot in case if it turned out bad and in addition I had a very small jar (2.3 oz) kept after my last store-bought face cream cleanser.

For the cream I used:

1.5 oz coconut oil

2 pills of vitamin C (crushed) *

3 capsules vitamin E

This cream is super easy to make. Coconut oil melts when it touches the skin but to dissolve the vitamin C and E in it I had to melt it in a double boiler. It took only a few minutes for the oil to change its consistency. It didn’t even have the time get warm. I powdered 2 pills of vitamin C and mixed it to the oil. I made sure that the oil is cold and then I mixed in the vitamin E (poked a whole with a sharp knife in every capsule and squeezed the liquid out).

* When I was making this cream the temperature in my kitchen was too warm for the coconut oil to set to its natural consistency so I put it in the fridge for 5 minutes. After I took it out I’d noticed that most of the powdered vitamin C is on the bottom of the jar. I left the cream to sit on my counter for 10 minutes until it became very soft and almost melted again. After that I stirred it really good with a toothpick and put it back to the fridge for one minute. I took it out, gave a good stir and put it back to the fridge again. I repeated it for a several times. To get rid of that problem I’m going to get a liquid vitamin C for my next batch.

This is what I ended up with. Very soft and easy to put on the skin cream.

When the temperature is below 75 F this cream won’t melt, so you can keep in the bathroom, for example.

When the temperature reaches above 75 F this cream will melt so it is better to keep it in the fridge. At this point it will  get hard. It is still easy to apply and absorbs quickly.

Love, Love, Love this cream!!!

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Homemade deodorant with cocoa butter and coconut oil

Finally!

Finally I got rid of all of my store-bought deodorants. 

I make my own body lotions, scrubs and face creams so, I asked myself, why haven’t I made a deodorant yet 🙂

For years I’ve been using Tom’s because it does not have Aluminum in it which:

has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Than I discovered that the main ingredient in Tom’s is propylene glycol. Weirdly enough reading about it I discovered a quote: 

The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

to read more about it check out “related articles” on the bottom of this post

Since that day I barely would use a deodorant but that isn’t working for me. At the same time I’m not willing to pay $7 for an 2.5 oz. of organic deodorant.

So, while still using my old deodorant I’ve looked for homemade deodorants on Internet. I have pinned a few recipes I found. Finally, when the time to make it had come, I looked at all of them. In almost all cases I lacked one or two ingredients.  The easiest recipe made of ingredients I already had in my pantry was from How About Orange. Having that recipe and the one from Angry Chicken blog as a base I came up with something that would, kind of, combine both.

This is what I ended up with:

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. cocoa butter

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

2 oz. baking soda

1.5 oz arrowroot (or corn starch)

4 capsules vitamin E

10 drops essential oil (your choice)

Directions:

Melt cocoa butter with coconut oil over double bath until combined and there is no cocoa butter pieces remaining and it looks like that:

Wait until the mixture is cool and add baking soda, arrowroot, essential oil. Poke a small hole in vitamines E capsules and squeeze the content to the mixture. Mix it well until everything is well combined.

At this point the mixture won’t be very thick. It will get there, don’t worry. You need to stir it from time to time and, if you inpatient like me, put it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

In my case, after those 10 minutes in the fridge, my mixture got very hard. Definitely it wasn’t a consistency I was hoping for. I let it sit in a room temperature for 10 minutes and after that it got soft again, a little bit too soft. I figured it out that the temperature in my kitchen (as I was baking and cooking at the same time) might be to high for the coconut oil to get thick again. So I moved the jar to my bathroom where the temperature is much lower. That did the trick. My deodorant set perfectly. The consistency is thick-soft. I can use my finger to apply it on the skin without any problems.

To store it I used jar after Fleischmann’s dry yeast (4 oz.). From this recipe I filled that jar to about 3/4.

Not bad!

So far I really like it. It works way better than Tom’s and I use only tiny bit on my skin. It seems like that jar will last for a long long time.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and I have to say that the results are beyond my expectations. It smells nice. It’s safe to use. It’s cheap and fast to make and IT REALLY WORKS!!!


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Homemade Granola with Lemon and Orange zest

Yesterday I talked about my oatmeal homemade body lotion. Today it’s granola. Homemade as well. It’s oatmeal week. I think I need to bake some oatmeal cookies tomorrow 🙂

Every time I go to the store granola is one of the most expensive cereals in the grocery store. If I look at the organic variety… hm… those are definitely not at my budget range.

If you don’t regularly buy granola, making it from scratch isn’t the cheapest and most efficient thing to do but if you do… well… it is definitely a thing you could safe a few extra bucks on.

I know that this reason is not always the biggest one as many people still can afford buying as much granola as they want.

Making it from scratch gives you the freedom of making it the way you like it with the ingredients you like and I think, that’s a really good reason to start making it at home.

Like orange zest (LIKE ME!) ? Grate some and use it for your granola. Like it very sweet? Add an extra table-spoon of brown sugar or honey.

One of the most important reason for me to make my own granola is the list of ingredients listed on the commercial made boxes. Yes, I am a label reader. That’s why, for example, I have never bought bread crumbs. I simply bake a french bread and after three days I blend it, put it in a glass jar and store in the fridge. Works perfect!

There is plenty of homemade granola recipes to try on Internet.

When I made it for the first time I used article from USA Weekend. It gave me the basic information about making it at home.

For the granola I made yesterday I didn’t have to buy anything. I had every single ingredient at the house already. We always have raisins and some mix trail for snacking. Brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, oats and fruits are “must have” in this household. The peanuts I used were from my mix trail. I simply sorted out the nuts from the rest of the mix trail.

  • 2.5 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup peanuts mixed with some almonds (crushed)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • fresh squeezed juice from half of lemon
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon and orange zest
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of raisins

Directions:

Prepare the orange and lemon zest. Crush peanuts.

In small pot over low heat mix the coconut oil, honey, water, lemon juice, zests.

Mix the oats with brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour the wet mixture over it and mix it all really well.

Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet. I line my with aluminum foil and spray it with baking spray.

Bake it in 275 F for 30 minutes ( 40 minutes if you want it more crunchy).  10 or 15 minutes before it’s done add raisins. Put it back to the oven.

Enjoy your tea while your granola is cooling down after done baking.

Store it in an airtight container.

I eat my granola only with plain yogurt. It’s so tasty you actually won’t need any additional flavors. I love the fresh taste of orange and lemon zest in it. Thanks to those two ingredients it smells amazing, too. Definitely one of the best granola I’ve ever made 🙂

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