almond hemp hearts granola

would you like to know what people say behind your back? or live in sweet oblivion…

for years I have gone through life clueless to the fact that anyone might be talking about me…  I have gone into situations believing no one has an opinion about me…

recently it was brought to my attention, and not in a malicious way but a kind way, that someone might have something to say about me… and it might not be favourable…

and it shocked me…

not that I don’t talk about people… oh I do…  but only when it’s fair and just and they brought it on themselves…

I have lived with a mindset that I have never done anything to anyone that would warrant them talking behind my back about my bad personality traits

but, alas, it has happened…  and most likely has happened way more regularly than I would ever have imagined…

I know what you are thinking…  what would this innocent farmer’s wife who merely cooks, cleans, manages the occasional hockey team, runs, watches Netflix and tends to her garden ever be able to do to another human being to warrant them destroying her behind her back?

her children and husband might have another story to tell…  but so what?   do we want their opinion? no…

I was telling them about the slander directed my way and their responses were…

‘you are very friendly to people you want to be friendly to… and then really distant and mean to everyone else’

‘you are really judgemental… of us and everyone else’

‘we are afraid of you most of the time… that is why we laugh at your jokes and eat what you cook for us’

‘when you aren’t laughing at one of your own jokes, you look really mad’

but again, these are the options of a farmer and his 15 and 12 year old boys…  not to be taken too seriously…

you know what you can do once you realize people talk negatively behind your back?

either stop caring or change your behaviour…

third option is to let everyone know you don’t want anyone to tell you the truth about what is being said about you… this is the option I am going with…

I don’t like hugging and I don’t like hearing bad stuff about myself…

there I said it…  only rainbows and lollypops please…

and I’ll do the same for you… I will offer you a cup of coffee and some granola and lets chat about everything other than the garbage other people are saying about us…  or about our kids… or our husbands….

which doesn’t leave a whole lot of options so perhaps don’t come for coffee and granola and just let me eat it alone and watch Netflix…

(I really can’t believe anyone would have any negative vibes coming from me)

almond hemp hearts granola

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • set oven to 325 degrees
  • in a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, flaxseed, hemp hearts, cinnamon and salt
  • combine the dry ingredients and add the other ingredients and mix well with a spatula
  • spread granola mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • bake for 30 minutes, until it is golden brown
  • let cool completely on baking sheet
  • will keep in an airtight glass jar for up to one month (or 8 hours in my house)

 

a tale of two cookies

it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

and it’s all in the eye of the beholder…  in my attempts to produce healthy options for my kids lunches I have completely altered what they will grow up knowing as a ‘cookie’…

case in point… Miss Sienna was making cookies with me the other day… part of the process is I make her guess as to what the ingredients are and then we discuss their health benefits…

we cannot use peanut butter or nuts as our school is ‘nut-free’ so hemp hearts and Wow Butter are substitutes…

and when it comes time for the best part for every kid making cookies – that is licking the beater – Sienna kindly takes a pass…

this is when it hit me that I need to show them and the farmer that I remember how to make cookies that have more than 2 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of oil in them…

flaxseed and cherry cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • in a large bowl, combine oats, flour, flaxseed, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
  • wisk to combine
  • in a mixing bowl, combine bananas, coconut oil, egg and vanilla
  • mix until frothy and well combined
  • add to the oats mixture in the large bowl and stir
  • add dried cherries and chocolate chips and mix
  • using a medium ice cream scoop, scoop cookie dough out onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper
  • bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

and show them I did…

now, in the winter months I consume a lot of tea…  mostly black or herbal as green tea makes me feel like throwing up…  which could maybe be considered to be some sort of detox I suppose.. similar to the juice cleanses some go on in January… except you throw up a lot…

on this particular wintery day, I was drinking Glitter & Gold from David’s Tea…  just lovely…

and in the afternoon, over a cup of tea, I was craving a sugar cookie… dilemma… do I make a cookie that requires 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of oil…  or do I munch away on flaxseed and oats like a horse? I concluded that it was high time for me to bring a little sugary goodness back into our home…

in moderation of course… something I am really, really good at… moderating myself…  really have had a lot of success at this trait in my life so far…  might as well add 60 sugar cookies to the list of things that tempt me…

and part of the goal was to make a dough batter that a seven year old girl would actually want to lick… I feel like I can’t fail as a mother creating this memory for her…

I did use coconut oil instead of canola oil… telling myself it is so much better… and I had to use hemp hearts instead of nuts… but I actually enjoy them in a cookie… other than those healthy changes, these are old school, unhealthy but ever so tasty cookies…

 

turns out at 3 pm when I am having a cup of tea that I do just fine with the sugar rush that comes from a lovely little sugar cookie…  these ones aren’t as delicate as a regular sugar cookie… thus me calling them ‘crunchy’… but the quick boost to your mood will be the same…

my boys received Fit Bits for Christmas… and I told them that I made cookies that require them to get over 20,000 steps in a day to consume…

so far they’ve had three days this week they are rewarded with the sugary goodness…

my synopsis after considering the cookie options… make both… you will find times where it is appropriate to eat the sugar ones and then other times where you should dive into the flaxseed ones.. keep hitting your system with a rotation of sugar and then flax and keep it guessing… this might even boost your metabolism… it just might…

crunchy sugar cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 cups flour

Directions:

  • mix in order given
  • mix baking soda and cream of tartar with flour before adding to mixture
  • using a medium ice cream scoop, scoop cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  • flatten with a large fork
  • bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes