Christine’s Granola Recipe

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I used to be the type of person who bought ready made granola from the supermarket. However, they were usually super sweet and/or included some ingredients such as nuts that were not my favorite. I always saw many bloggers making their own homemade granola and so I decided to give it a try since they all claimed it to be super easy.
A month back, I googled “easy granola recipes” and found so many options to follow. After several attempts, I’ve come up with my own combination of ingredients to create what I call “Christine’s granola recipe”.

Ingredients needed:
4 cups of old fashioned oats
1 cup crushed almonds & walnuts
1/2 cup of chia seeds, flax seeds & pumpkin seeds combined
1/2 cup of coconut oil (I use Power Goodness coconut oil)
1/2 cup of honey (I use Atelier Du Miel‘s Montagne honey)
Some Raw cacao powder
Dash of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt

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Procedure:
Preheat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius
Combine the oats, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl
Pour in the coconut oil and the honey
Mix all the ingredients in the bowl
Add the cinnamon, the raw cacao, and the salt and mix again

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Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet
Place the pan in the oven for around 45 min

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Keep the oats in the oven until they become a golden color, don’t forget to remove the pan and stir it a few times so that all the oats are exposed to the heat. After 40-45 min have passed, remove the pan and allow the granola the cool down slowly (you might think that they are not crunchy however they will become more crunchy after they cool down). After an hour or so, transfer the granola into an airtight container or zip lock for storage.

Don’t forget to send us/tag us in your pictures after you try the recipe. Trust me once you make your own granola you will never buy ready made granola again !

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

#whenChristinecooks

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Whole Grain Mango Muffins

As part of the Blog du Jour challenge by Spinneys, I was challenged to create a recipe using a few products I received that are exclusively sold at Spinneys. One of the main products I received is Bobโ€™s Red Mill 7 grain Hot Cereal that contains Flaxseed.

I have never baked muffins before, so I took the recipe found on the back of the bag as a base and adjusted it a little. Here’s my recipe:

Ingredients needed:

2 cups of oats

2 cups All Purpose Flour

ยฝ cup of Brown Sugar

1/3 cup of Bobโ€™s Red Mill 7 Grain Cereal

2 Tbsp Baking Powder

2 Eggs

1ยฝ cup of almond milk

ยฝ cup coconut oil

1 banana

1 can of Admiral sliced mango (containing natural juice)

1/3 cup natural mango juice found in the Admiral sliced mango can

Cinnamon (optional โ€“ I didnโ€™t end up using it)

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Some of the ingredients Used

Procedure:

[The quantity used makes 24 muffins]

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flour, sugar, Bobโ€™s Red Mill 7 Grain Cereal, and baking powder. Add the 2 eggs and the almond milk to the bowl.

Place the mango slices along with the banana, the coconut oil, and the natural mango juice in a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixed juice into the large mixing bowl and mix everything together.

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Line muffin trays and add spray pan onto it so the muffins donโ€™t stick (you can also use paper baking cups). Fill the trays and place in the oven.

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Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 15-20 minutes!

Sahtein Xx

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TARAAAA! Here’s the end result

Last but not least, I challenge @pearlmaaloufย !

#SpinneysChallenge

 

Yaduna Cook off

Did you know that Heart disease is the number one killer of women? Well I did not know this fact up until Thursday.

Yaduna Women’s Heart Health Center is a medical center founded the former First Lady of Lebanon, HE Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman. It is dedicated for screening and preventing heart disease.

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Although I am actively a part of an NGO; I believe that the world is connected and we live in a place where everything is interrelated and dependent; therefore helping people, supporting NGOs and spreading awareness is one of the simplest forms in which we can help one another.

So, you always hear people talking about a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition is one of the fundamental factors that prevents not only heart disease but also many other diseases.

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Therefore, Yaduna organized a very innovative event on June 2nd that involved a healthy cooking session held at Kitchen Lab – Gemmayzeh.

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Lead by a chef, we were split into two teams. We cooked a full quick meal that was made up of a salad, 2 main dish (chicken and fish), and a light desert. After all the mess we made in the kitchen, we ended our fun activity by tasting our master pieces.

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