Wednesday, February 8, 2012

spiced pecan bunches of oats

I have to say, one of the hardest things about giving up sugar is finding the time to cook up healthy sweets. Snack foods can be particularly difficult, since it's not always easy to tote a smooshy pastry or a couple of melty truffles. My sweet tooth was kicking in before class the other day, and I had just a little time to pull together an easy snack.


A little of this, and a little of that...and suddenly, my kitchen gave birth to the healthy version of Honey Bunches of Oats.


I took these to school to crunch on straight from the bag, but I was later inspired to eat them with some unsweetened almond milk. I promptly decided to quadruple my recipe the next time I make them.


And quadrupling would work just fine, because this recipe is sized for one, the perfect serving for a few hours away from home.

With such a small batch, measuring the spices doesn't make much sense. Go with your gut (and your gut will probably tell you, more spices are better).


Spiced Pecan Bunches of Oats

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 tbsp raw pecans
1 tbsp white whole wheat flour
dash of salt
cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom, to taste
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp water
3/4 tsp baking powder
12 drops stevia
splash of vanilla extract
1 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk

To make a gluten free version, replace the flour with 1 tbsp ground flax seeds. I needed to add about a tsp more almond milk, and had to work a little harder to make my pieces, but the ones pictured have this substitution, so it can be done! If anyone tries a better substitution, leave a comment!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the oatmeal, pecans, flour, salt, and spices in a small bowl. In another bowl, melt the coconut oil, then add the water, baking powder, stevia, and vanilla extract. Pour into the dry mixture and stir until well combined. Add the milk, and stir until a sticky dough forms. Drop small blobs of dough onto a baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, depending on how toasty you like your pecans. (I prefer very toasty.)


P.S. Don't you just love the smell of a blooming hyacinth? I think the reason flowers smell so magical is to remind us to breathe deeply. And they're so beautiful so we remember how miraculous life is. And each whiff of my pretty pink hyacinth reminds me to relax and enjoy life a bit more. =)

15 comments:

  1. I have no idea what a blooming hyacinth smells like - but it looks pretty and those bite size Honey bunches of Oats look so delish to snack on!
    Better than my Trix snack (fairly unhealthy I'm sure) yesterday lol!

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  2. Have I ever said you inspire me? :)

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    1. I think I would have remembered. That is the sweetest. =)

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  3. SO fantastic seeing you again tonight! We really should get together again before the next meet up.

    Anyway, this looks just as tasty as all of your recipes! I'm going to try this when I go on my sugar-free detox you've inspired. Hear that? I said WHEN not if...it's going to happen, it's just a matter of getting in the right mindset :)

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    1. Uhhh...agreed. I had a total love fest over you when I got home.

      And you should do it! Let me know how it goes. We can be each other's sponsors. =)

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  4. These look awesome!! I'm totally adding them to my to-make asap list :)
    Also, it was great meeting you last night!!

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  5. This looks fabulous!! I haven't tried stevia yet, in the liquid form. I'm going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing. And yes, those flowers are certainly beautiful. Making me long for spring...soon enough

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  6. Clair, your pictures are gorgeous and this looks insanely tasty. I've never made my own granola/oats mix before but this looks AMAZING. Thanks for sharing Clair and it was so great meeting you last night : )

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  7. Looks so delicious! I am going to try making them this weekend! We should try and meet up sometime, if you have some free time coming up!?

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    1. Yes! I'll email or tweet you soon. I'm in the middle of a few things, but if you don't hear from me within a few days, shoot me a reminder. =)

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  8. My oh my. This looks absolutely amazing! I love homemade granola. I can see why you would want to quadruple the recipe!

    So great meeting you last night!

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    1. Lol, I can't count how many times I wrote "Great seeing you!" and "Great meeting you!" today. Easy mistake to make. ;-)

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  10. YUM!!!! This sounds wonderful! And I bet the lack of sugar really didn't make a difference to you because you aren't used to tasting sweet stuff anymore. It's like when you reduce your sodium intake, all of a sudden you don't NEED as much salt!
    Thanks for the recipe. I want some right now!

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  11. I totally need to make this! They look amazing. Plus, my work gives me two pounds of pecans as a Christmas "gift", so I'm always looking for things to do with them!

    Also, so good to meet you last week!

    xx, Katrina
    Sparkle is a Color

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Thanks for making me smile. =)