I never measure. Most of the time I am not even paying attention. I throw. Play. Experiment. Make a mess. Get lost in the moment. So lost, in fact, that I forget that my intended purpose is to create a blog recipe.
But then I realized that I like my way. It makes me feel free. Less intimidated. I can really explore and create based on my senses and intuition. That is why I fell in love with cooking and food, and I would like to extend that opportunity to you.
Don't worry about measurements.
Take some things out of your cupboard that sound good and go for it.
Yes, I have had to eat some fairly unsavory mashups in my experimentation, but most of the time it turns out so good that I wish I had made more <-- I have a boyfriend that can attest to this fact
So here's is my kinda-recipe. These are extremely rough estimates - my best guesses based on making this multiple times. I encourage you to throw out anything that doesn't sound good and add in whatever does. You are the one eating it, after all.
Maple Spiced Peanut Butter Granola
serves many (unless you are me, then it serves one)
4-6 cups of whole oats
A crap ton of cinnamon
1 tbsp maca
1 tsp cardamon powder
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated (fresh will yield more flavor but dried powder will work too)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup honey (you can substitute yacon syrup or coconut nectar if you want this to be fully vegan. Agave may work, but you really need something sticky to help clump the granola)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut butter (any nut or seed butter can be subbed)
Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees.
Combine oats and spices in a large mixing bowl. Grate fresh ginger and mix in thoroughly. In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine coconut oil and maple syrup. Once fully melted, turn off heat and add in 1/4 cup peanut butter and the honey. Mix well. Combine wet and dry ingredients, making sure the oats are fully covered. If it is significantly dry or not clumping well, you will need to increase your wet ingredients. At this point the mixture should be fairly sticky and slightly clumpy. Add in the rest of your peanut butter (1/4 cup) and mix well with your hands.
Lightly oil two cookie sheets and spread out the oat mixture between both by grabbing handfuls and gently crumbling it on the pan (this should, theoretically, keep it chunky). Place both pans on a center rack for approximately 30-45 minutes, flipping the mixture halfway through. The time it takes to cook fully will depend on your oven, how much moisture is in the oats and how "done" you want it. Use your best judgement.
I like to throw in some toasted nuts, dried fruit, cacao nibs, coconut, bee pollen...whatever I have on hand, really. Again, feel free to use what sounds best to you. Put it in a bowl with some fresh coconut milk, organic greek yogurt, whatever & enjoy!
This is truly my comfort food. I hope you love it as much as I do and experiment with the recipe. If you make this, be sure to tag your photos on facebook or instagram with #megafresh so I can see!
So much love to you,