Thursday, September 10, 2015

because you're sweet and lovely

Currently listening to: for you blue.

Today's VeganMoFo prompt was "something blue," and, surprisingly, I actually followed the prompt today. I was out of granola and thought blueberry granola sounded like a good plan, especially with some cacao nibs thrown in at the end.

More flaxseed meal and seeds in this one. Yay for omega-3s, fiber, and lignans.

Blueberry Cacao Granola:

2.5 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup flax meal
1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons blueberry jam (see recipe below)
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao nibs (optional, they're kinda pricey)

Preheat oven to 300 and line baking tray with parchment.

Combine oats, seeds, flax meal, ginger, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk jam, maple syrup, and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat until coconut oil is melted. Add wet to dry and mix well. Transfer to baking tray and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Before the last 15 minutes of baking, add the cacao nibs to the mixture.

Let cool and store in an airtight container.

Blueberry Jam:

2 cups blueberries (frozen is fine)
1 tablespoon water

Combine blueberries and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until blueberries start to break down, and then lower heat to a simmer and let cook for 30 minutes, until you have a thicker, jammy consistency. Use in above recipe (this makes the right amount for the granola, no need to measure).

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