Paleo Granola

In my quest for delicious, dairy free (and now gluten free – ugh) recipes, I keep finding drool-worthy Paleo recipes.  I’ve been making my own almond milk, and as a result, I have a bunch of dried almond meal piling up.  When I found a recipe for Paleo Almond Honey Granola, I got super excited!  It sounded delicious and gave me a reason to use up some almond meal.  Naturally though, I couldn’t just leave it how it was.  I had to put my own spin on it.  So, here’s what I ended up with:

Paleo Granola – Dani’s Way

1 1/2 cups almond meal – dried

1 cup chopped almonds

2 1/2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 1/2 Tablespoons honey

1 packet Stevia sweetener (I used Truvia)

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Mega Chunks

(I skipped the first two steps in the original recipe because my pulp was already dry.)

1. Preheat oven to 325*.

2. Mix almond meal, chopped almonds, stevia sweetener, salt and cinnamon together.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the melted coconut oil, honey and vanilla together.

4. Mix everything together.  Mixture should only be slightly wet.

5. Evenly spread mixture onto a cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 15 minutes.

7. Remove from oven and stir.

8. Place cookie sheet back into the oven and let bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until slightly browned, stirring every 5 minutes or so.

9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.  (It will get crispier as it cools.)

10. Stir in chocolate chunks while granola is still pretty warm.

11.  Find something else to do so you don’t drool all over your cooling, delicious smelling granola.

12. Enjoy!

I know the picture isn't great, but here's the finished granola!

I know the picture isn’t great, but here’s the finished granola!

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Dairy Free Diary

Hi.

It’s been awhile, I know.  I got lazy.  Sorry.

That pesky dairy allergy that made itself know a few years ago has reared its ugly head again.  The itchy face and breakouts are back, and they brought a friend with them this time – migraines!  Yay!  Not.  And the list of dairy based foods I can tolerate continues to shrink.  In addition to milk and yogurt, cheese (that hasn’t been warmed/cooked/baked in some way – even then it’s sketchy) is also off the list. Boo… So, now I’m cutting out dairy completely and on the hunt for replacements.  Because I love cheese.  And milk.  And yogurt.  A LOT.  I miss them.  A LOT.

I decided to fire up the ol’ blog again… mostly for my own peace of mind and to chronicle my findings… because, frankly, this whole no dairy/finding replacements that don’t require “acquiring a taste for it” is intimidating, and I have no idea where to start.  Luckily for me, food allergies/aversions have become quite prevalent in today’s society, so I have plenty of resources at my disposal.  For that, I’m incredibly thankful.

So join me on my forays into allergen free eating.  Or don’t.  Whatever.  I won’t be offended.  Here’s hoping I learn something worthwhile!

 

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OCM Update

I know, I know.  I haven’t been on in awhile.  I blame Christmas. =)

Speaking of Christmas, I hope everyone had a great one!

Now on to my Oil Cleansing Method update! (Still no pictures.  Sorry.)  I added tea tree oil to my mixture a couple of weeks ago because I was still getting some minor surface breakouts, and it’s working BEAUTIFULLY!  (PS – If you’re looking for a great spot treatment, go ahead and get yourself some tea tree oil.  I had a bad breakout a couple of days ago.  I put some pure, undiluted tea tree oil on it before I went to bed, and it was GONE by the next morning.  You can buy TTO at Wal Mart.  It’s by the vitamins and totally worth the money.)   Except for a few old scars, my face is completely clear! (I’m fairly certain this hasn’t happened since I was 12.)  Even the scars are beginning to fade!  I made a couple of my friends a sample of this stuff and gave it to them today.  I can’t wait to hear what they think of it!

If you have troublesome skin, give this a try.  Seriously.  It could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.  Do it!  Do it now!

 

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How to Clean Your Face Naturally… With Oil?

I know what you’re thinking.  Oil?  As a face cleaner?  Seriously?  What?

Yes!  Oil as a face cleaner!  I was a bit (ok, a lot!) skeptical at first.  It went against everything I had been taught about washing my face.  Facial cleansers are supposed to be oil free.  Right?  Well, maybe not.

I stumbled upon the Oil Cleansing Method on Pinterest.  As I read the article, the nerdy part of my brain woke up, and things began to click into place for me.  It was based on basic chemistry principles I had learned and used  in high school.  “Like dissolves like,” and “oil and water don’t mix.”  I had a “duh” moment.  How could water based face washes be getting rid of the oil on my face?  Odd as it sounds, wouldn’t oil do a better job?  I decided to give it a try.

Two Fridays ago, I mixed up a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and castor oil and smeared it on my face.  (I used the 3:1 castor oil:olive oil ratio.)  Everything in me was screaming “Stop!  Stop!  Don’t do it!”  It just felt SO WRONG to be putting pure, undiluted oil on my already oily skin.  But, I kept going, and I’m so glad I did!  So far, I’ve only made two small batches that add up to about three teaspoons, and I just finished the second one this morning.  Seriously!  That’s all I’ve used!  This method is SO much cheaper than regular face wash, and it’s been days since I’ve needed to use moisturizer on my face.  Yay for more savings!

Frugality factor aside, I love this cleansing method!  Yesterday, my awesome friend, Katie, actually commented on how great my skin was looking and asked me what I was doing differently!  Those of you that have known me for awhile know what my face used to look like.  That compliment was a big deal for me! I don’t remember anyone ever telling me I have great looking skin! =)  Anyway, she wants to give it a try now too!

This stuff works against hormonal breakouts too.  (Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.)  It got to be “that time,” and my face barely broke out!  The one breakout I did get cleared up and healed within a day or two.  Usually, it takes at least a week!

If you struggle with your skin, I would seriously recommend reading the article and giving it a try.  The mini facial you get while cleaning your face is GREAT, I’m saving a whole bunch of money, and my skin is in the best shape it’s been in a very long time!  As soon as I find my memory card reader, or even the correct USB cord, I’ll upload some before and after photos.

Seriously.  Check it out: The Oil Cleansing Method 

Thanks for stopping by!

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This made me smile today…

Ah... Christmas spirit. =)

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Welcome To My Blog!

Hello!  Welcome to my blog!

Ten quick facts about me:

1. It hate it when people spell the word “cool” “k-e-w-l” with a burning, fiery passion.

2. I dig exercising… especially when there’s yoga involved.

3. I love baking and cooking.

4. I HATE cleaning and organizing. I don’t think there is an organized bone in my body… but I’m trying really hard to remedy that.  As much as I hate cleaning and organizing, I also hate having a dirty, disorganized house.

5. I can knit circles around your grandma.

6. I always check the backseat of my car every time I get in. You never know… there could be a serial killer in there waiting to murder me.

7. I <3 perfect grammar.  I also <3 fixing people’s bad grammar.

8. I drink an obscene amount of water, and I’m a snob about what kind of water I drink. I refuse to drink tap water. (Unless I’m at camp. I’ll drink that tap water.) In fact, I bring multiple bottles of water to work with me every day, just so I know I’ll have good water to drink. (The water at work is GROSS.)

9. I have an unhealthy fear that I, or my husband, will die young/in some sort of freakish manner. Car accident, serial killer in my backseat, drowning, house fire… you get the idea.

10. I am forever grateful that, even on my worst days, I serve a God that still loves me, and that He saw fit to bless me with a husband that will put up with me. =)

Join me as I chronicle my adventures in the kitchen, getting healthy and fit, living more frugally and naturally, and everyday life!  Thanks for stopping by!

Dani

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