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Home made granola Ⓥ

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Raw granola, before going into the oven

Buying granola is such a chore, as when I start reading the ingredients’ list, I’m put off. So much crap they put in there, even in organic granola. Obviously, it comes in plastic or whatever packaging, hence I’ve started making my own. It’s super simple! It demands quality ingredients, that I buy from organic shops that are packaging free, or mostly. Basically, you buy in bulk, and can bring your own jars & reusable bags.

 

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Baked granola, cooling on tray

 

My inspiration for today’s recipe is a mix of two of my favourite recipe websites & cookbook authors: Angela Liddon, Oh She Glows Every day & Minimalist Baker.

 

 

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 1/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/3 cups raw nuts/ seeds (I used almonds, cashews, sunflower & pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds (preferably ground)
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Wet

  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) coconut or another neutral vegetable oil (suitable for baking)
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup (sub with brown rice or maple syrup )
  • optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: 3 tbsp peanut or almond butter

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. In a small pan over medium low heat, melt the (coconut) oil. Once melted, take the pan from the heat source & whip in agave syrup and vanilla extract. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly onto a a large baking sheet or tray and bake for 10 minutes, stir, then turn the cooking tray to ensure even cooking. Bake for another 8-12 minutes. The coconut oil will help this granola to become crispy, check carefully as it browns quickly (my first time making granola: the granola baked too long & had a slight burnt taste, I ate it anyway…).
  5. Once the granola is visibly golden (about 18 minutes in this case), remove from the oven and let cool completely on the tray before storing in glass jars.

It’s delicious with some coconut flakes, dried raisins or cranberries & maca powder with your favourite type of plant based milk or yoghurt, but also wonderfully eaten just like that as a snack.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Banana-oat breakfast cake Ⓥ

20170916_093643This morning I felt like eating something sweet but relatively healthy, hence I went to my go to banana ‘bread’ recipe by ‘The Colorful Kitchen’ and pimped it a bit with:

  • A few tablespoons of coconut flakes
  • A handful of crushed walnuts
  • Some ginger & cardamom powder
  • FYI: I used buckwheat milk & 2 ultra ripe bananas

Enjoy it warm or cold with or without peanut butter on top 🙂 (that’s the Dutchness in me).

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 

 

 

 

 


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24-28 April 2017 – 5 day early morning yoga

early yoga breakfastIt’s April, so the Sampoorna Yoga Studio celebrates Spring with the delightful 5 day early morning yoga challenge.

Let this week be your inspiration to a daily morning practice! Get up early and start your day with yoga followed by a nourishing vegan breakfast of porridge and fruits!

On five consecutive mornings we meet up before work and duties for a full practice of hatha yoga. There’s no better way to start the day!

 Price: 50€ for the 5 classes (or you can use your regular pass). Free vegan breakfast included!

Dates: 24-28 April 2017 from 7 to 8AM, followed by a filling vegan breakfast

Register online or simply drop by on the day(s) you can make it


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October 2016: early morning yoga challenge

sampoorna_yoga_studio_receptionGet up early and start your day with yoga and a nourishing breakfast!

Let this week be your inspiration to a daily morning practice! On five consecutive mornings we meet up before work and duties for a full practice of Sampoorna Yoga. There’s no better way to start the day!

Price: 50€ for the 5 classes (or you can use your regular pass).

Complimentary vegan breakfast!

Dates: 3-7 October 2016 from 7 to 8AM, followed by a filling vegan breakfast

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Vegan treat: nice cream

Ooooh how I sometimes crave ice cream! As a vegan it’s not always easy to find ice cream, as most ice creams are made of cow’s milk cream…

Hence my huge happy surprise when I discovered nice cream! Ice made of frozen bananas! It’s super easy, healthy and cheap. Often you might not know what to do with overripe bananas, so from now on, trust me, you’ll simply make nice cream out of them.
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Preparation

  1. Peel, slice and freeze a very ripe banana/ some bananas.
  2. Mix the frozen banana(s) in a blender or using a handheld blender or a kitchen machine.

 
 
 

Variations

BananasFrom here you vary according to your desires and the available ingredients. Some examples:

  • Chocolate nice cream: blend in 1-2 tbsp of cocoa powder & some small pieces of black chocolate.
  • Raspberry nice cream: blend in a handful of (frozen) raspberries.
  • Blueberry nice cream: blend in a handful of (frozen) blueberries.
  • Bounty nice cream: blend in 1-2 tbsp of cocoa powder,1-2 tbsp of grated coconut and 2 tbsp of coconut milk or cream.
  • Acai bowl: add 1-2 tbsp of acai powder to your nice cream, blend. Add toppings such as granola, blueberries, goji berries, banana, coconut shavings, chocolate sprinkles, …
  • Peanut butter nice cream: blend in 2 tbsp of peanut butter and some nuts of your choice.

 


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4 more days this week: early morning yoga challenge

Sampoorna photo Aug 2013 (4)Do join us and feel bright & light after participating to 1 (or several) early morning yoga classes this week at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, followed by a free vegan porridge and fruit breakfast !

4 more days: from 2 to 5 June, 7-8 AM

40, Rue du Houblon / Hopstraat, 1000 Brussels

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5 day early morning yoga challenge at Sampoorna Yoga Studio (Brussels)


early yoga breakfastGet up early and start your day with yoga and a nourishing vegan breakfast!
Let this week be your inspiration to a daily morning practice!
On five consecutive mornings we meet up before work and duties for a full practice of
Sampoorna Yoga. There’s no better way to start the day!
Read more about the benefits of starting your day with yoga.
Dates: 1-5 June 2015
Teachers
: Eknath, Ramdas & Ambika (on Thursday and standby on Wednesday & Friday)
Price: 50€ for the 5 classes (or you can use your regular pass). Free vegan breakfast.
Place: Sampoorna Yoga Studio, 40 rue du houblonstraat, 1000 Brussels.