Gingerbread Paleo Granola
Start making granola by breaking up the larger nuts. This mix uses almonds, pepitas, and pecans, so place those in a food processor and pulse a few times to break them into smaller pieces. Then mix in the seasonings. The cinnamon, ginger, and cloves give the granola that spicy gingerbread taste.
Spread the nut mixture out in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until the granola is golden brown, and then let it cool completely – it should be crisp and crunchy. Use your hands to break it up into smaller pieces and crumble. The granola will keep in an airtight container for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
this granola is easily customizable – for example I think that dried cranberries or raisins would also work well in this recipe, if you care to add them. Such a simple recipe surprisingly packs in a lot of healthy fats and protein to keep you fuller for longer, so not only is it delicious, it’s nutritious.
1 cup almonds, 1 cup pecans, 2/3 cup pepitas, 1/2 cup coconut flakes,
1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp salt,
Pinch of ground cloves, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup coconut oil,
2 tbsp molasses, 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the almonds, pecans, and pepitas into a food processor and pulse to break the mixture into smaller pieces.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the maple syrup, coconut oil, molasses, and vanilla together for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave, add in the nut mixture from the food processor, and stir gently. Add the cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves. Stir well to combine.
Transfer the granola mixture to the lined baking sheet and spread it out in an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Break into chunks and store in an airtight container or resealable bag for up to a week. Servings: 6-8
Coconut oil...................If you want to buy coconut oil, then there is an excellent selection on an Internet Store like Amazon with thousands of customer reviews that are fun to browse through.
It is also available in most health food stores.
If you want to enjoy the health benefits outlined in the article, then you must get organic, virgin coconut oil… NOT the refined stuff.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg. People are using coconut oil for all sorts of things with incredible success.
I started small with just noticing the pesticides in the foods we eat and went on from there. I then found coconut oil and haven't looked back since.
Do you use it as a flavoring, cooking like other oils, etc? What all do you do with it?
1- Try Oil Pulling!
Oil pulling involves swishing oil around the mouth and has been used for thousands of years as an Indian folk remedy.
In order to oil pull, you put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swish it around for 15-20 minutes.
The main benefit of doing this, is that it reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
There are actually thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth. Some of them are friendly, others are not.The bacteria in the mouth create a “biofilm” on the teeth – a thin layer that they use to adhere to the surface. This is what we know as “plaque.”
Having some plaque on your teeth is normal, but if it gets out of hand it can cause all sorts of problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities.
The way oil pulling works is simple. When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria “get stuck” in it and dissolve in the liquid oil.
Basically, you remove a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this.
Dr. Debra Jaliman concurs that oil pulling is probably most helpful for the gums, as it stops the growth of strep bacteria, we shouldn't be quick to assume that it's a cure-all for other disease processes. However, nutritionist and naturopathic doctor Bruce Fife believes there are beauty benefits to oil gargling. Here are three:
It whitens teeth. Coconut oil possesses natural antibiotic and anti-viral properties that brighten dull or yellowed teeth and enhance the cleansing action of oil pulling, according to Dr. Bruce Fife. It also improves gum health, eliminates bad breath and makes for a prettier smile.
It clears up acne. The detoxifying effect oil pulling has on the body can also reduce the appearance of skin rashes and other blemishes. "Removing bacteria and toxins from the body eliminates a great deal of stress that results in improved energy levels," said Dr. Fife. And we all know how stress can lead to embarrassing skin problems.
It can lead to a healthy, glowing complexion. Because oil pulling involves "pulling" germs and toxins in the mouth that often leak into the bloodstream, affecting the entire body, Dr. Fife believes that it can improve skin health and appearance. But don't be mislead by random myths that the oil activates some unknown enzymes in the mouth that magically detox the body. The health benefits of coconut oil coupled with the cleansing action will have your skin glowing from the inside out.
Have all other ingredients at room temperature (like eggs, milk, and flour) before mixing them together with coconut oil that’s in liquid form
In most cases, it is best to melt coconut oil that’s in solid form before measuring and adding it to a recipe…
You can melt the oil by scooping some out of the jar and heating it in the microwave or on the stove
You can also put the entire jar in the microwave or stick it in a pot of warm water to bring it to liquid form (it’s okay for the oil to go back and forth many times between liquid and solid)
If you decide to scoop out the coconut oil before heating it then consider warming up some of the other ingredients (like honey and/or vanilla extract) together with the coconut oil to bring more than just the oil to a warmer temp
Quickly whisk in the warm/liquid coconut oil (and other ingredients you may have heated as well) at the end after all the other ingredients have already been mixed together thoroughly
Even after heating your coconut oil it can still turn into little solid chunks once it’s mixed with other cold ingredients, so…
Consider whipping the batter more thoroughly in a blender to get rid of those oil chunks
Make the recipe with the oil chunks in the batter anyway…I’ve done this with waffles and the end product still turned out okay
Consider heating and mixing all ingredients together in a double boiler on the stove…it doesn’t take much to get above 76 degrees
Some people actually prefer to use coconut oil in a solid form when using it as a replacement for Crisco or butter in recipes like pie or pastry crust
Coconut oil can also be used to sauté veggies and other foods on the stove, it can add an especially good flavor when making stir-fry.
Works great when popping popcorn.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Lipids consisted of testing the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean on a group of 40 women over the span of 28 days.
Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat, while the soybean oil group actually showed a slight increase in belly fat.
Additionally, the group that ate the coconut oil showed increased HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL ‘ bad’ cholesterol.
The Journal of Nutrition published a study where researchers investigated all studies relative to medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are abundant in coconut fat and weight management.
The studies showed that diets rich in fats such as those found in coconut oil prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass.
The study authors highly recommend using oils that contain MCFAs, such as coconut oil, as a tool to drop extra abdominal fat, manage a healthy weight, and even as a way to treat obesity.
The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition
Another study that assessed body belly fatweight and fat storage relative to three different types of diets including a low-fat diet, high-fat diet with long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) and a high fat diet with MCFAs. In order to bring about weight gain, caloric intakes were adjusted for the diets.
At the end of the research period (which lasted 44 days), the low-fat diet group stored an average of 0.47 grams of fat per day, the LCFA group stored 0.48 grams of fat per day, and the MCFA group only stored a mere 0.19 grams per day (despite purposely increasing calories).
Those in the MCFA group (coconut fat) had a 60 percent reduction in body fat stored compared to the other diets.
Consuming organic coconut oil (and coconut cream or milk) is that it tends to make us feel fuller for longer. Studies indicate that MCFAs help increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake when compared to the same amount of calories from other fats. When MCFAs are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver – these have been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect helping you to lose fat faster.