Cooking good food

I don't normally jump on health bandwagons, but I went and saw an ayurvedic practitioner and she mentioned a few things I should change in my diet. One was reduce and/or eliminate gluten, switch from cows to goats milk (FYI the Trader Joe's goat milk yogurt is delicious) and reduce/eliminate sugar. Just those small changes have made a huge difference in how I feel. 

I wouldn't say that I have a gluten allergy but I definitely feel bloated and a bit off if I eat too much gluten or any processed gluten products. I haven't completely cut gluten out of my diet, but I have significantly reduced it. One of my favorite things to eat was oatmeal in the morning and now I eat quinoa oatmeal which is good. I also loved adding granola to my yogurt and I had a really great gluten free alternative the other day, but it was just too expensive. 

So, I looked around and found a very casual recipe, which I love, that said do a 6:1 ration. 6 parts dry to 1 part wet and add the fruit at the end. I started chopping up all the things I could find in my cupboard. I threw in some almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, a handful of almond flour and coconut flour and a sprinkling of the Ancient Seeds mix from Trader Joe's. For the wet part I mixed some Wildflower honey from my farmers market (I seriously love this stuff it has a dark almost molasses taste to it), melted coconut oil and pomegranate syrup, which you can get from a middle eastern shop.  

I'm not even sure if it was an exact 6 to 1 ration but I mixed it all up, threw it in the oven on 300 for 45 minutes (checking it every 15 minutes) and right as it smelled slightly toasty I pulled it out of the oven and mixed in dried peaches and blueberries. This stuff is seriously good. Let it cool off completely before you store it or else it will get soggy. 

Eat it as a snack, sprinkle it on your yogurt or oatmeal, or eat it like cereal. It is chock full of nutty goodness. 

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