This Holiday I made several batches of spiced cashews as gifts for family and friends. To round out the goodie bag, I added a homemade candle and some chocolate bars. So fun and easy. I happen to adore receiving homemade gifts – I actually prefer it to store bought items. I wanted to share my simple spiced cashew recipe with you today. The combination of spices are endless really, but I like the combo of sweet and spicy. Continue reading
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Hello Friends. The Holiday season is upon us…are you feeling the stress yet (ha ha). Personally, the process of purchasing gifts totally stresses me out. So to simplify life and decrease that pesky stress, I like to do homemade gifts for family and friends. Hands down, it’s always so appreciated and well received. I start by making a list of family, friends, and “other” (school teachers, co-workers, piano teacher, childcare, etc) and then decide on what I am going to make. This year I am doing a gift bag with a homemade candle, jar of homemade spiced nuts, tea, mandarins, and small jar of honey. I might also add my favorite Raw Pepperminty Nutty-Roons – we will see how motivated I feel. The last two years I made my popular homemade granola which you should definitely try. It’s soooo good!! This year I making something new…candles! I have wanted to make candles for years. Last year I bought a bunch of supplies but never got around to testing them out. And you know what, it’s ridiculously easy. I have both beeswax and soy and started with the soy (it’s so pretty and white). The process is easy as well as fun and not to mention fast. I’m super excited about adding a sweet little homemade candle to my gift bags this year. Yay! xo, -Amber Continue reading
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-2 cups certified gluten-free rolled oats
-1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
-1/2 cup raw organic almonds
-1/2 cup raw organic walnuts
-1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
-2 tablespoons hemp seeds
-1 tablespoon chia seeds
-1/4 cup coconut sugar
-Pinch of salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 teaspoon ground ginger
-1/2 cup local honey (vegans use maple syrup or coconut nectar)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-3 tablespoons melted coconut oil here or here
Preheat oven to 350
1. Combine oats and shredded coconut in a large bowl.
2. Add the almonds to a food processor (with S-blade), and chop up until they are in little bits, then add almonds to the oats and shredded coconut.
3. Add the walnuts and pumpkin seeds to a food processor and chop until they are in small bits, add to mixture.
4. Then to the bowl add the hemp, chia, salt, ginger and cinnamon.
5. In separate bowl add honey, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix well with spatchula (I use a silicone).
6. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix (with hands preferably) until the entire mixture is well incorporated and moist. Now allow this mixture to rest for about 10 minutes.
7. Put a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Spread the granola out on the parchment paper. Please note that when you spread out the granola, it needs to be in a very thin layer with small holes of parchment paper showing through. This allows the heat to cook all around the granola and latch it together.
8. Bake for 10 minutes exactly (not a second longer). Transfer the parchment paper to a cooling rack. The granola will be soft out of the oven, but become hard once cooled.
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