Make a Mess in the Kitchen

Month: July 2018

Raw Chia Porridge

Raw Chia Porridge

One morning I wanted something in between oatmeal and chia seed pudding. I ended up throwing a few things in a blender and discovered this. It was perfectly creamy, warming with spice, and could be adjusted as needed. I have also added oats in for a chewier texture but typically stick to the recipe as follows. This is also great to pop in your blender the night before and refrigerate overnight. Then, in the morning, all you have to do is blend and serve! I would also imagine it would hold well if blended then refrigerated.

Raw Chia Porridge

July 4, 2018
: 1
: Easy

Always creamy, quick, and delicious!

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1-2 dates, pitted
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk of choice
  • Handful of frozen berries
  • Dash of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp or more of cinnamon/allspice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Directions
  • Step 1 In a blender combine all of the ingredients. Depending on how thick you want the porridge, add more or less milk, and adjust spices to taste. Serve in a bowl and top with peanut butter, maple syrup, and fresh fruit.

This has been my ultimate breakfast as of late because Chicago is experiencing a heat dome. The heat index is usually in the 100s (who wants to go outside in that?!). It’s been sweltering daily which means all I want are acai bowls and all of the iced tea.¬†What’s your favorite easy breakfast?

Soul-warming Granola

Soul-warming Granola

If I could, I would buy a share of Purely Elizabeth’s granola because it is one my (many) cruxes. Have any of you tried it? It’s somehow buttery, spicey, and oh so addicting. Which is why I’ve tried to step back and figure out how to make my own favorite granola. I’ve seen many recipes around the internet but all that I’ve tried aren’t quite spot-on. So I got into the kitchen and tried my hand at granola. Not gonna lie, I may have burned a batch and made my apartment smell bad for the rest of the day. All for the price of some wonderful granola. After trial and error, I have come up with a soul-warming absolutely delicious granola!

 

Soul-warming Granola

July 1, 2018
: 6
: 35 min
: 10 min
: 45 min
: Easy

Soul-warming granola that's oil-free and will become a staple in your pantry.

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Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup of whatever dry ingredients you love, PE typically has seeds (nuts, seeds, cereal, coconut, quinoa, buckwheat, etc.)
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (+1 more tablespoon for extra clusters)
  • Optional: 1/3 cup almond butter--this replicates that buttery taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Step 2 Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Step 3 Stir to evenly coat all the dry ingredients.
  • Step 4 Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Step 5 Press it into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Step 6 Bake for 10 mins at 375F until the edges are just starting to brown. Do not stir it.
  • Step 7 Remove from the oven. Let it cool for at least 30 mins before stirring or moving or touching.
  • Step 8 Then break apart into chunks.
  • Step 9 Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

What add-ins do you love in your granola? I’m a fan of seeds and lots of cinnamon. Ginger can also be a great add-in, as well. Hope you enjoy!