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In this post you will find an amazing recipe for grain free granola!
I was reading such an interesting article the other day. It was called ‘The complete DIET guide’ (it was in Italian).
At one point, I read a thought-provoking sentence:
“There are no secrets or tricks, we can lose weight with the Zone diet, the Mediterranean, Paleo, Vegan, whatever. The key is: stick to them.
And, since diets usually fail because of psychological stress, it’s better adopting the one that suits you best.”
NOTE: Don’t get me wrong, I was not looking for a diet (also I never did one).
I just consult this site once in a while and I love it because it always adopts a scientific approach.
This couldn’t be truer. Every day on social media I see people promoting ‘their’ diet/regimen as if it’s the only effective one.
Well, let me tell you one thing: the EFFECTIVE one is the one that makes you feel good, that makes you feel at your best, healthy, energetic.
Now think: would you follow a diet/adopt a regimen, if you knew this would cause you stress? I wouldn’t.
I could eat 100% healthy food, but I’m sure that this would not be the right thing for me since sometimes I also want to eat less nutritious food.
And honestly, at times, I don’t find veggies very attractive.
Remember, a restricted diet is not maintainable in the long term.
Regarding the recipes…
Let me be honest: some days I feel stuck and I feel like I can’t express 100 % my creativity. Whenever I’m about to cook something, my brain starts overthinking…
Is this quantity of sugar too high?
Will people consider this flour processed?
Is it too high in fats?
Am I using too many products derived from animals?
Am I hurting someone’s feelings?
Believe me, this can be quite stressful sometimes (and we don’t want stress, right?).
Take yesterday for example: I was making cookies, but cookies with no sugar at all are so difficult to make (I mean, this is pastry science).
Some days I feel like I’m here to please someone else, not me. Instead I should satisfy both me and you all.
Yeah, I know I should practice the ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k’ (Sarah Knight do you hear me?) but I can’t because people are so attentive to this and if I break the mold they notice it. Nothing bad with this I know, but still…
Do you feel free?
Yeah, do you feel free?
Are you sure you’re not prisoner of your frame of mind?
Does this make you think? How many times do you care about other people’s judgment?
Can you accept advice without confuse them with judgmental opinions?
I hope this will be food for thought, for you.
I’m really trying to encourage you to embrace healthy eating WITHOUT feeling stressed. And this means that if for one day you feel like you want eating junk, well just do it…if this is the thing that makes you feel at your best.
Ingredients: (for approximately 250 gr of grain free granola)
- Almond meal, 150 gr
- Pecan butter, 70 gr
- Aquafaba, 4/5 tablespoons
- Maple syrup, one tablespoon
- Cocoa nibs, 25 gr
Pre-heat the oven at 150° C.
In a bowl, combine your almond meal (I used homemade almond meal made from toasted almonds with no skin), with pecan butter (homemade in my case), 4 to 5 tablespoons of aquafaba (liquid from cooked unsalted chickpeas) and maple syrup. Stir using your hands, toss well to coat and make chunks, then add cocoa nibs and a pinch of cinnamon (I actually love strong flavors so I put a lot more than a pinch).
Now, spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 35 minutes (to prevent burning, remember to stir every once in a while).
Cook for other 20 minutes, at 175° C.
Let it cool down before eating, so they’ll be crunchy.
They’re delicious on smoothie bowls, milk, yogurt and to add some crunchiness to your porridge.
Tip: to make them even more yummy, add some dark chocolate chips.