Simple Date-Sweetened Granola (vegan & gluten-free)
I don't know about you, but I tend to over-analyze a few things.
Okay, fine, maybe a lot of things.
But one thing I simply do not like to think twice about, is food. I eat a predominantly whole-foods diet, though y'all know I'm gonna be the first one to run for the vegan ice cream aisle (Nadamoo, I'm looking at you). Yet, I find that so many people stress about every little thing they're consuming (vegan or not) and honestly, can you blame them? From the internet to magazines, all anybody can see is the new health craze that's trending at the moment, and how it can help you lose 30 pounds in just two weeks!
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure 30 pounds in two weeks is not healthy at all. It's kinda scary, actually.
it's so tough to combat this stigma that people have around food and self-image, but I think that if you're eating predominantly whole-foods, you'll be perfectly fine. There is so much added stress that comes to food that the simple joy of eating, seems to just disappear into thin air.
So yes, I am a huge believer in soul food. Being vegan for almost three years now, I've had some of the best vegan food around, and though it may not be sugar-free, gluten-free, and fat-free, these delicious foods tend to bring us a joy that sometimes can't be found in your day to day healthy diet. And that's okay. Food is intended to bring people together, and to bring you joy and happiness. Good food is soul food, and nobody should be depriving themselves of something delicious, due to any 'health kick'. Of course, the treats and foods I eat, healthy or not, are always plant-based, but that is my personal decision - whatever diet you eat, make sure you're not restricting yourself - because then, that healthy food isn't so healthy on the mind anymore. But, also, I love eating simple and wholesome foods - it's what makes me feel my best! But the whole point I was trying to get across, was that restricting ourselves from some kind of treat we're craving is definitely not healthy, and brings added stress to our lives, which results in a less healthy being, right? So GO for that vegan chocolate ice cream sundae, girl! You'll be fine. Enjoy the goodness.
Oof. I really went on a tangent there, huh?
So - on to the granola!
This date-sweetened granola is a recipe I've actually been making for over a year now, and it's one that always brings me some joy. Yes, it is that healthy, minimal ingredients breakfast you'll want to have on the daily - but it's all about balance, right? I mean, I share on here all kinds of recipes - from delicious cakes and cookies, to healthy granolas and smoothies. So here is one of those healthy breakfast recipes, that we all know and love - though, I must say, anything sweetened with dates is just that much sweeter.
DATE - SWEETENED GRANOLA
1 cup oats
1/2 cup nuts of choice
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp flax seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup water
Preheat your oven to 350*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a Medium bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, salt, chia and flax seeds and set aside. In a food processor, mix together your dates and water until a paste forms, Add your date paste to the dry ingredients, and mix until everything is fully incorporated. Place the granola on your baking sheet, and bake for around 25 minutes - flipping halfway through. Best served over ice cream, smoothies, and yogurt!