Tropical Granola

Tonight was my first attempt at granola…and it was a huge success!
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Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

In a bowl combine:
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup trail mix (I used almonds, walnuts, cashews, dried papaya, and raisins)
1/4 unsweetened coconut shreds/flakes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp brown sugar
A pinch of salt

In a separate bowl combine:
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla

Mix dry and wet ingredients together. Pour into a baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, then stir and continue baking, stirring every 5 minutes until golden brown (mine took an additional 10 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying!!

Feel free to substitute any nuts, dried fruits, honey for maple syrup, get creative!

Vegan deliciousness

As I said earlier, I have had to stop eating dairy while breast feeding thanks to baby girl’s super sensitive tummy! It has been really fun trying new recipes and discovering the magic of turning nuts into cheese, sauce, and dessert!

Here are some of the amazing recipes we have tried:

Entree
Vegan Zucchini Gratin
Taco Chili with Nacho Cheeze Sauce
CauliPower Alfredo
Roasted Garlic White Pizza with Macadamia Ricotta

Cheese
Baked Cashew Cheese
Herb Cashew Cream Cheese

Dessert
Flourless Chocolate Cake (not actually vegan because it has eggs, but it is dairy free)
•and the most AMAZING THING EVERDouble Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

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Have you tried soaking cashews?? Who knew they become so creamy and versatile! Most of the time I don’t even miss cheese! (Although I could really go for some good cheddar on crackers, or a good cheese pizza!)

Also, I came across this recipe for a basic white sauce (can be used for sour cream, dip, sauce, cream cheese, etc, depending on how much water you add):
1 cup cashews – soaked in water for about an hour, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup olive oil
3oz of lemon juice
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 cup water (depending on what you want to use it for, I used 1/2 cup for sour cream/dip)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender. Blend until very smooth. Place it in the fridge, it will thicken slightly when cooled. You can also add anything else, spices, etc!