How has your January been? The first month of the new year is coming to a close and I’m feeling optimistic. Becoming more comfortable and confident with the sentiment of ‘I don’t know” is something that I’m currently working on. As a perfectionist, it isn’t easy admitting you don’t have all the answers. When did uncertainty become a negative thing in life? I feel like a lot of people would rather sit with unhappiness rather than step into the unknown. What we know and what is comfortable isn’t everything. What will this year bring? I don’t know. It makes me anxious but also stirs up excitement for endless possibilities.
This first month has been a grounding, inward starting point. I needed it. Getting to know myself better. Trying to imagine what I’m capable of giving to the Universe and what the Universe has coming for me. Refining my character for the good and the bad that is to come. Steps towards authenticity.
Today’s offering for you is a simple granola recipe. With a some warmth and some depth in flavour to ease the chill. Blood oranges are one of my favourite things right now. Such beautiful fruit. Pairing the orange with a kiss of cacao makes this feel indulgent, especially for breakfast.
Blood Orange & Cacao Granola
2 1/2 cups oats
1 cup chopped mixed nuts & seeds (I went for almonds, cashews & sunflower seeds but have used walnuts, pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts before – use whatever you have on hand)
1/4 cup cacao nibs
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon (depending on how warmly spiced you would like it)
1/4 cup coconut oil (as a liquid)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp blood orange juice
2 tsp blood orange zest
Pre-heat oven to 150C and line a baking tray. In a large mixing bowl add your nuts & seeds, cacao nibs, chia, cacao powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix everything together. In a small bowl mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, orange juice and orange zest. Pour the liquid mixture into the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated.
Pour the mixture onto your baking tray and spread out evenly. Press down firmly. Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes (until it is just starting to turn golden and is fragrant). Let cool completely before breaking into pieces and storing in an air tight container.