Wild Lavender Honey Granola w/ Quinoa Flakes & Oats

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To describe the last month as “busy” would be an understatement. Kris and I have been insanely wrapped up in work, our upcoming move to our new home, and trying to find any time in between to tackle the everyday tasks. We have a lot happening in the near future and the excitement is beyond words. Forgive me for being absent for the last few weeks, please know that I am constantly trying to get back here; to this space where I can sit down and be nothing else but…me. I am almost saddened when too much time has passed in between blog posts, there’s this disconnect with my inner creativity and I feel a bit uninspired and unfruitful. I have to shake myself out of the slump and remember that this here is my happiness. My outlet to not only share my recipes, but my feelings and, of course, the affection I have the for the craft. So, just to be clear, the next couple months will be difficult for me to make the time to share more recipes here but I will try my damnedest!! That I can promise. 

Kris and I belong to a few local wine clubs here in town, and one of which not only includes wines in the quarterly gift basket but they also give delicious cheeses and other fun little accoutrements. At the last wine pick up party we received a little bottle of wild lavender honey. I immediately thought “granola” and I knew that it would have to be made sooner than later. I have been wanting to make another version of granola for quite some time and this was the perfect opportunity. I had some quinoa flakes in my pantry and figured it would be an excellent addition to the rolled oats. Quinoa flakes are essentially just quinoa that have been rolled and flattened into a flake. They are, of course, gluten free and supply an excellent source of protein. I found the quinoa flakes at a local health food store (Whole Foods, Mother’s, or Hanson’s). If you can’t find the quinoa flakes, adding more oats would be just fine. This recipe makes about 5 cups of granola, so feel free to share…your friends will love you forever! 

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Wild Lavender Honey Granola w/ Quinoa Flakes & Oats


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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
30 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
30 min

Ingredients
  1. 2.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  2. 1 cup quinoa flakes (see note)*
  3. 1 cup sliced almonds
  4. 1/4 cup flax seeds
  5. 1 tsp sea salt
  6. 1/4 tsp ginger
  7. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1/2 cup coconut oil, in liquid form at room temperature
  9. 1/4 cup + 1 TBSP wild lavender honey (or any honey you like, or maple syrup)
  10. 1 tsp vanilla
  11. 1/2 cup dried fruit (use anything you like, I used dried wild blueberries and dried cranberries)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment or Silpat. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flakes, almonds, flax seeds, salt, ginger, and cinnamon and mix to combine. Add in the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla and mix well. Lay the granola out on to the prepared baking sheet and spread it out into an even layer. You will bake the granola for a total of 25 minutes, but halfway through the bake time, take the granola out of the oven, stir around, and then spread back out in an even layer before baking it for the rest of the time. Remove from the oven, and let cool. The granola will get crispier as it cools. Add the dried fruit and break it all up with a spatula. Serve with your favorite yogurt and fresh fruit. Store in an airtight container for a few weeks at room temperature.
Notes
  1. If you can’t find quinoa flakes at your local health food store, simply substitute for more oats.
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Veggie Pizza w/ Homemade Vegan Beer Crust

DSC_0320There is this local pizza restaurant in San Clemente that has all the quintessential qualities you would expect for a family-owned surf town joint. It is where all major sporting events are watched, where your child’s fifth birthday will be held, and where you go to eat the best pizza and drink craft beers with good friends. One of my favorite things about this place, is that it not only makes every pizza from scratch, but that the selections include a range between standard pizzas and new unique versions of the classics. The thing I crave the most, is their take on a vegan beer crust. Kris and I order every pizza with this crust and just about die every time because it is honestly the softest, chewiest, fluffiest, and most flavorful crust we have ever tried. I knew that I had to recreate it at home and luckily it was a job well done. The beer creates this richness in the crust that you can not get from the yeast and flour alone. I chose to use a local IPA, India Pale Ale, which is essentially just a dark, crisp, hoppy beer. Please feel free to use your favorite beer, but remember the darker and hoppier; the more flavor will come across into the crust. Also, it is worth noting that the crust is made with whole-wheat flour so there is that extra bit of nutrients and fiber that you don’t normally get from a pizza, so go ahead, have another slice! This recipe is seriously easy and homemade pizza is so worth every minute of the prep time. It is super versatile, like most pizza recipes, in the sense that you can top it with whatever it is you like; meats, cheeses, veggies, or fruits! The possibilities are endless. Enjoy fellow pizza lovers! 

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Veggie Pizza w/ Homemade Vegan Beer Crust

Serves 4


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Prep Time
2 hr 30 min

Cook Time
20 min

Total Time
2 hr 50 min

Prep Time
2 hr 30 min

Cook Time
20 min

Total Time
2 hr 50 min

For the Vegan Beer Crust
  1. 3/4 cup dark beer (I used a local IPA)
  2. 1 package active dry yeast (1/4oz envelope)
  3. 1/2 TBSP cane sugar
  4. 2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  5. 1.5 tsp sea salt
  6. 1.5 cups whole-wheat flour (plus about 4-5 TBSP for kneading and rolling)
For the Veggie Toppings
  1. 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  2. 10oz bag of sliced (clean & washed) Cremini mushrooms
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp pepper
  5. 8oz bag baby bell peppers (of mixed colors), sliced thin in rounds
  6. 1 shallot, sliced thin in rounds
  7. 1 green onion, sliced thin
  8. 1 jalapeño, sliced thin in rounds (remove the rib and seeds if you do not want too spicy)
  9. 1/2 cup pizza sauce, marinara or other (I used Arrabiata sauce)* see note
  10. 1-1.5 cups organic shredded mozzarella cheese (or any shredded cheese you like, vegan cheese too!)
  11. 1 TBSP chopped fresh basil, chiffonade style
For the Vegan Beer Crust
  1. Pour the beer into a sauce pan and heat over low heat for about 2 minutes. Put your finger in to test that it is warm but not hot (if the beer is too hot it will kill the yeast!). Remove from heat.
  2. In a large glass bowl, add the yeast and sugar and pour the warm beer in. Whisk well and then let sit for about 5 minutes until it is foamy and frothy.
  3. Whisk in 1 TBSP of the olive oil. Add the salt and 1.5 cups of the flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Spread a two tablespoons of flour on a clean work surface. Knead the dough with your hands adding more flour (1 TBSP at a time) if you need to (the dough should not be too sticky, it should come together and become elastic. It should bounce back when you poke it).
  4. Add the remaining TBSP of olive oil to the glass bowl you previously used and flip the bowl around so the oil coats the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the dough ball to the bowl and coat all sides of the dough in the oil. Cover the bowl with a dish towel or plastic wrap and let sit on the counter for two hours.
  5. Take the dough ball out of the glass bowl and place onto a clean work surface or parchment paper and cover with a warm, damp towel and let rise for another 20 minutes. At this point, you can refrigerate the dough for a later use.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400. If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven to preheat as well.
  7. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface into a 12″ circle. Pinch the sides so that you get a slightly raised crust edge.
For the Veggie Toppings
  1. Slice all the veggies into thin rounds. Remove the ribs and seeds from the bell peppers and jalapeño. Separate the shallot slices from each other.
  2. In a skillet, heat 1 TBSP olive oil over medium. Add the sliced Cremini mushrooms, salt and pepper, and sauté for about 3 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Place the rolled out dough onto the baking sheet or pizza stone you wish to cook the pizza on (if using a pizza stone careful not to touch as it will be hot!).
  4. Working quickly, spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce over the pizza dough, leaving room on edges so the crust is clean. Add the sautéed mushrooms on top of the sauce (use a slotted spoon here so that you don’t get any of the water that cooked out of the mushrooms). Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the sauce and mushrooms. Sprinkle the sliced shallot, green onion, bell peppers, and jalapeño over the top of the cheese in a colorful fashion. You may not use every veggie that you sliced, I didn’t. (Use any leftovers in a salad!) Bake for 20 minutes or until crust edges are golden brown. Once removed from the oven and cooled slightly, sprinkle the basil over the top. Slice into 8 slices, serve immediately and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Arrabiata sauce is a marinara sauce that has a bit of a kick (it’s pretty spicy!). I love this on my pizza but feel free to use any sauce that you like in particular. This goes for the cheese as well.
Adapted from Beer Crust
Adapted from Beer Crust
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