Pumpkin Pecan Granola: A Fall Favorite

What you need
• Puréed pumpkin
• Raw oats
• Grade B maple syrup
• Grapeseed oil
• Raw pecans
• Raw pepitas (shelled)
• Himalayan or sea salt

What you do
Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients and mix well. *Use as much or as little of each ingredient depending on your preferences.* Spread oat mixture onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Mix well then bake another 5 minutes. If you like granola a bit “toastier”, keep baking while checking/mixing periodically. Once done, transfer granola into glass jar and allow to cool before sealing shut and storing.

Note: If you want to give this granola more “holiday flare”, add cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger, and nutmeg before baking!

How do you make granola?

Homemade Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

What you need
For biscuits:
• 5 cups of flour
• 5 tsp baking powder
• 1 cup of cubed butter
• 1.5 cups of whole milk
• 3 large eggs

For gravy:
• Ground pork shoulder
• Sage, finely chopped
• Fennel, finely chopped
• Bay Leaf, finely ground
• Himalayan or Sea Salt
• Freshly Ground Black Pepper
• Crushed Red Pepper
• Butter
• Flour
• Milk
• Water

What you do
Preheat oven at 400 degrees. Mix butter and flour by hand until well incorporated. Add baking powder and continue mixing by hand. Add milk and two eggs and mix until the dough forms into a ball. Flour a clean work surface and knead the dough until it becomes a smooth ball. Roll the dough out to half inch uniform thickness and cut out biscuits. Place biscuits on a non-stick baking sheet. Beat the last egg and brush the tops of the biscuits with it. Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops have a golden brown finish.

Note: Make the sausage the day before you make your gravy. Combine pork, sage, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, fennel, and bay leaf and mix well using your hands. Cover and set in fridge. Cook sausage in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Once cooked, remove sausage and keep the grease in the skillet and the stove on. Add butter to the skillet. When the butter has melted, add about 2 tbsp of flour and whisk well. Next add water and whisk. Then add milk and whisk. Once the water, grease, milk, and flour are well combined add the cooked sausage and stir well. Lower the heat and allow the gravy to simmer and thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over your homemade biscuits!

Do you have a biscuit or sausage gravy recipe you’d like to share?

Basic Homemade Granola Recipe

What you need
• Raw oats
• Raw, unfiltered honey
• Grade B maple syrup
• Raw nuts
• Unsweetened shredded coconut
• Dried fruit

What you do
Heat oven at 300 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and transfer to a baking sheet. Spread oats out into a thin layer. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Mix oats and bake another 5-10 minutes. Let cool before storing in an airtight container.

Do you make granola? What’s your recipe?

Smoothie Time

I make smoothies most days- they’re my fast food. This is what I made this morning:

A handful of blueberries
1 banana
A handful of kale
A handful of raw cashews
Filtered water
1 tbsp coconut oil

Blend to desired consistency.

I don’t buy or use protein powder because raw nuts are packed with protein. I don’t buy frozen produce because fresh produce is cheaper and better for me. I don’t use my homemade nut milks in smoothies because I’m already adding nuts and water, which is basically how I make nut milk (minus the straining).

What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?