Honey Granola Recipe
Do you love granola as much as I do? Make your own healthy, gluten free honey granola!!!!
Keep it in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. It makes a beautiful gift for your friends and family, just put the granola in a large mason jar, label it and gift it wilt love!
This recipe yield about 8 cups of granola, enough for 16 servings.
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups raw nuts or seeds of your choice (almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or avocado oil
- 1/2 cup of your choice of Sunny Honey Miami
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup dried fruit of your choice : chopped dried apricots, cranberries, dried cherries, etc
- optional mix ins: 1/2 cup chocolate chips or coconut flakes
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.
- In another bowl mix together the oil, the vanilla and the honey
- Pour the oil mixture onto the oats mixture, mix well, until every oat md nut is lightly coated. Pour the granola onto your prepared pan, spread it into an even layer.
- Bake until lighly golden, stiring halfway. Let the granola cool completelly, undisturbed. Top with the dried fruits, chocolate chips or coconut flakes. Mix well.
- Enjoy it and remember that you can customize this recipe, starting with the creamed honey used for the recipe.
Tips for Staying Healthy Through the Changing Seasons
As autumn changes to fall, and fall into winter, the days become shorter, the air becomes colder, and the leaves fall to the ground to decompose. Just as nature moves through seasonal changes, so too do our bodies. This is a time when we can turn inward to regain our strength through practices that ground and nourish us. Doing so will help us to reemerge in the spring with vitality and vigor.
Simple meal swaps that focus on seasonal offerings, grounding lifestyle practices, adaptogenic herbs, and the cultivation of balance, are all key ingredients to a staying healthy through flu season.
The seasonal transitions into the darker, colder months can leave your body feeling dry and depleted. Tending to your body’s needs for increased nourishment and more digestible foods is fundamental for a smooth transition between seasons, all year long. When you support a healthy digestive and immune system during times of seasonal change, you give your body the resources and “back-up” it needs to face any colds and flus headed your way. Focus on preparing meals with seasonal ingredients, like carrots, beets, pears, citrus, celery root, and more, and prepare them in ways that are grounding, like low and slow cooking methods, and in warming dishes like soups, stews, warm beverages, and more!
Luckily, many of the most beneficial herbs for cold and flu season are probably sitting in your spice cabinet or on your counter right now – making them the perfect immune-supporting addition to any breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Garlic, thyme, ginger, oregano, to name a few, are some of the most powerful and safest antivirals and antibacterial herbal medicines we have available. Cook dishes packed with antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral rich food choices, and your meals will not only be delicious, but nutritious and immune-boosting as well!
Delicious Ingredients with Medicinal Benefits
Honey: Not only is honey a superfood, it may also help prevent both viral and bacterial infections, including colds, flus, and more! Honey, especially raw/unprocessed honey, offers a wide array of nutritional benefits, makes a great sugar replacement in coffee or tea, and can be eaten right off the spoon as a delicious, throat-soothing remedy with immune-boosting benefits. Sunny Honey Miami only uses raw honey, infused with whole ingredients. https://sunnyhoneymiami.com/product-category/creamed-honey/
Sage (Salvia officinalis): Traditionally, sage was used to support upper respiratory distress and sore throats, move phlegm out of the body during sinus infections, and soothe the stomach when upset. The earthy-pine flavors make sage easy to incorporate into soups, stews, and a wide variety of sauces/gravies.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric is a well-known herb for its bright color, and without a doubt, this herb is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory botanicals recognized by modern research. Turmeric can be easily added to any cold or warm dish, giving any meal a pop of color and potent dose of antioxidants!
We hope you’ll put to use some of the strategies and tips from this article to help you minimize the chance of becoming sick this cold and flu season. Fall and winter are a great time to check-in on your health and tend to self-care habits that will provide a strong foundation for your mind, body, and soul to thrive throughout each season ahead.
Gluten Free Chickpea Cookie Dough
This chickpea cookie dough is a healthier take on regular cookie dough, vegetarian and gluten free!
- 1 1/8 cups (400 gr) canned chickpea
- 1/3 cup cashew butter or any nut butter of your choice
- 3 Tbs Sunny Honey Miami Cacao Creamed Honey or the infused honey of your choice (pumpkin spice creamed honey, vanilla creamed, plain creamed)
- 1/4 tbs salt
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 4 Tbs Oat flour (grind rolled oats)
- 2 Tbs Almond milk or the nut milk of your choice
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
If you are using rolled oats, process them first in your food processor.
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until well combined. For firmer cookie dough which can be rolled into balls, add more flour.
Store it refrigerated in your recycled honey glass jars, eat it within a week.
For a quick snack, eat the chickpea cookie dough by the spoonful! For on the go snacks, make a firmer cookie dough and roll it into balls or shape it into bars. You can serve it with apple slices, pretzels or graham cookies. This cookie dough is a great addition to your fruit board.
Enjoy it, guilt free!
Maybe you only know the benefits of a warm glass of water in the morning or maybe you have only heard about how honey is great for your skin, but have you heard what wonders combining warm water and honey can do for you overall? Read on and let me tell you the wonders of honey and warm water. I promise you; this is no old wives’ tale.
- Watch Your Weight Melt Away
Yes, drinking water and honey can help you lose weight. Get the plaguing thoughts about the sugar aspect of honey out of your head, as that is one of its benefits. I know, I know, it sounds crazy and too good to be true, but it isn’t. The sugar in honey is a natural sugar (or read: good for you), which provides a healthy source of calories. Not only that, but it can also help to ward off any sugary sweet beverage cravings you may have. Soda pop is full of empty calories, and though everyone knows this they still reach for the bubbly refreshment. By cutting back on the amount of pop you drink, your calorie intake drops and with that so do the pounds. It may not be an overnight success story, but it is better for you all around in the long run.
- Stay Regular
OK, I know talking about being ‘regular’ can sometimes be taboo, but if Jamie Lee Curtis can do it, so can I. Drinking a warm glass of water with honey first thing in the morning helps to improve your digestive system. The antiseptic benefits of honey help relieve the acidity in your stomach while increasing the production of intestinal mucus. It also helps to hydrate the colon and infuse water into your, excuse me for this, stool. All of this combines you passing much more easily and regularly. Which brings us back to watching your weight melt away, because… well, I think you can figure the rest of this one out without my help.
- Gives Your Immune System A Helping Hand
Have I stressed just how good honey is for you yet? Honey has amazing bacteria-killing properties. If you go for raw, organic honey (you should) it is full of enzymes (hello again digestion), vitamins and minerals that lead the front line against protecting against bacteria. One study presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Harrogate; UK found that Manuka honey may even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Honey is also an antioxidant, which helps fight those bad free radicals that wreak havoc in our body and on our skin.
4. Reduce Your Allergies
And no, I’m not suggesting taking a Claritin or something like that with the glass of honey water. By using raw, local honey you help to acclimate your body to the pollens of your area. In turn, this helps to reduce your susceptibility to environmental allergies. If you really think about what bees do in the grand scheme of things, this makes perfect sense. Now I know the warm water isn’t necessarily crucial to helping with allergies but being hydrated is never a bad thing.
5. Hello Energy, My Old Friend
Move over coffee – honey and warm water are the new dream team for boosting energy. The benefit to your energy levels by staying hydrated has all but been shouted from a rooftop. Think of your body as a houseplant. You know how droopy and sad it gets when you’ve forgotten to water it? Your body essentially does the same thing. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can leave you feeling lethargic, drowsy, and sluggish. So, let’s add honey into this equation. Now you have a natural source of simple sugars and carbohydrates (energy-givers) to an already proven energy booster. The total? A refreshed outlook on life and energy that you didn’t know could come without a cup of coffee. Now, I’m not telling you to cut coffee out – I know I couldn’t function without it – but next time you feel an afternoon crash, try reaching for some honey and warm water first and see if that does the trick.
6. Soothe That Sore Throat and Cut That Cough
According to the Mayo Clinic, hot water with honey can help reduce the soreness and irritation of a sore throat. Honey helps to coat the throat while the warm water soothes. This soothing and coating action also helps to reduce your cough, as coughing is sometimes caused by irritation from a sore throat.
7. Detox, Detox, Detox!
Honey and warm water help to flush out the toxins from your body. By helping you to get regular, it helps you to regularly rid your body of toxins that can build up and cause disease. Adding lemon to the mix increases the benefits, as lemons help to increase urination, dispelling toxins more frequently and keeping your urinary tract healthy. Lemon contains citric acid, which helps to maximize enzyme function and in turn stimulate the liver and help with detoxification.
8. Gassy? It Helps with That.
Feeling a little uncomfortable and gassy? Drinking a glass of warm water and honey will help! Honey helps to neutralize gas.
9. Increase Your Health
Not only will drinking warm water and honey increase your hydration (plus everything else I’ve listed), but it also helps to increase the levels of “good” cholesterol in your body and reduce cardiovascular strain. I call that a win, win.
Raw Honey Nutrition Facts
If you’ve done any reading about raw honey in recent years, it may seem like one of the most powerful health foods available today. The truth is that it really is! Despite that fact, though, it remains a source of concentrated sugar, and while it’s a great way to compliment your current healthy diet, it’s not a food that you’ll want to overuse because of the amount of sugar that’s in it. What do you need to know about raw honey nutrition before you make it a regular part of your diet?
Understanding What Nutrients are In Raw Honey
Before you decide raw honey is the right addition to your diet, it may help to learn more about the nutritional facts that surround it. Here are five key facts you’ll want to consider.
There are Two Sugars Inside / Carbs In Honey:
Each tablespoon of honey you consume comes with 64 calories. Those calories come from the carbohydrates inside, which are primarily sugars. With honey, you’re getting about half of those from glucose and the other half comes from fructose.
It Has a Lower GI Than Sugar:
The glycemic index is a way to measure how fast your blood sugar level rises after you digest and absorb a certain food. This measurement ranks food on a scale of zero to 100, and foods with a high GI are digested and absorbed incredibly quickly, which pushes your blood sugar up fast.
Foods with a lower GI, though, are absorbed in a much slower rate, and that means that while your blood sugar does go up, it doesn’t go up as quickly. The GI for raw honey is just 58, depending on what type you buy. Contrast that with the GI for table sugar, which is 65, and you have a natural sweetener that you’ll actually want to add to your food.
Honey is actually a fat-free food. A small amount of fat is a must in a healthy, balanced diet. The body can’t actually make essential fatty acids, which help it absorb things like vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E.
You likely get the needed fat, though, from a variety of sources in your diet, which means you don’t need a lot of extra fat in your day. However, raw honey is a fat-free food, so you can use it without worrying about throwing off your commitment to a low-fat lifestyle.
It Adds Protein:
Your body needs plenty of protein if you’re going to remain healthy. In fact, there are more than 10,000 different types of protein found throughout your body. It’s in your organs, your muscles, and even your skin and hair.
Without enough protein, your body won’t have the energy you need to do the most important jobs like carrying oxygen to the different parts of your body. Honey actually contains some protein, and while it’s not enough to ensure your body can effectively do its job, it is a good addition to your overall protein intake.
It’s Packed with Vitamins and Minerals:
Vitamins and minerals help to boost your immune system and help your cells do their jobs. There are many vitamins and minerals packed inside honey, including B vitamins, zinc, copper, and calcium, just to name a few. It’s important to note that the content of the vitamins and minerals depends a bit on where the bees live and how the raw honey is actually processed.
In general, the darker the honey, the more the minerals.
The Power of Raw Honey
Raw honey is clearly an excellent source of nutrition, but it’s important to note that raw honey likely isn’t available on standard grocery store shelves. Raw honey comes directly from the hive.
Typically it’s not processed at all, which means it’s neither heated nor pasteurized. That’s important because that process can destroy key nutrients. More than that, though, the best raw honey options aren’t filtered either, which may make it look a bit different than what you might get off the grocery store shelves, but that difference is key to its nutritional power.