It’s March. I should be excited. Spring is coming. But unfortunately, not to our neck of the woods. No, not for another two months. It’s that time of winter where I’ve been feeling a lot of “blah” lately. Ya know? Today we had hoped for an outdoor winter fire in our fire pit with bushpies and sun rays and sparkling snow. But guess what? The wind is ridiculous. Ridiculous. I don’t even want to go outside to start the car. I know our day will be fine. Nice even. I know we can still have a fire indoors and make bushpies with all the chocolate and nut butters and whatever else we find in our fridge. I am looking forward to that. Actually, I am really looking forward to that. A cozy day is never a bad thing. But today, I am really missing summer.
And I have to note that as I write this, my babe, my seven month-old baby girl, now with two teeth, serious growing hair, and curious fingers. That girl, she is playing by herself on a blanket on the floor. She has some wooden blocks and animal friends to keep her company. And she is so content. I know she is content because there is no noise, except for heavy breathing. She’s super pumped. She’s into everything. She is getting so big. Already, we say “Remember when she was a baby?”. I know she’s still a baby, but man, seeing a slow motion newborn transform into a curious, happy, playing-on-the-floor, little peanut is the coolest. Do you know what is even cooler? She is only 7 months-old. We have a lot of growth, transformation and adventure to look forward to. Being a mama, or a nanna, as I am currently being called, is honestly the best. Yes, I am tired and I don’t always feel like myself. But that doesn’t last. What lasts is my heart being oveflowed, day after day. What lasts is that feeing that I get when I litteraly just want to take a bite out of her cheek, she is so damn sweet. “I’ll eat you up I love you so.”
Anyway, it’s March. My birthday is in March. Spring “starts” in March. I can get my garden organized in March. March is good. It really is good. And a new month means a new granola. So for March, I give you Sunshine Granola. This makes me happy. It’s sunny. It’s tasty. It’s what I need for March. It’s so good, you pour a bowl of it and eat it like cereal. And then, you pour another one. And then, you eat a handful of it. And then, you say “Okay, one more bite.” And the battle continues until you can manage to save some for the next day. And the jam is just gooood. If this don’t make your day bright, girrrl, I don’t know what will.
Sunshine Granola with Ginger Grapefruit Jam
4 cups rolled oats
2 cups buckwheat
¾ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup chopped cashews
½ cup unsweeteened coconut
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ cup coconut oil
1 cup orange juice (not from concentrate)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric
¼ cup bee pollen
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and parchment one baking sheet.
2. Mix oats, buckwheat, sunflower seeds, coconut, and salt together in a big bowl.
3. In a small sauce pan melt the coconut oil, and add to it the orange juice, vanilla, turmeric, ginger and honey. Whisk it all up until it’s nice and smooth.
4. Add the sunshiney goodness mixture to the oat mixture.
5. Try not to eat too much at this point. You will get a sore belly later. But it’s like really tempting. Do I know…
6. Place in oven and cook for 20 mins. Remove from oven and give it a stir. Then put it back in for 10 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and add bee pollen.
8. Enjoy a bowlful with some plant milk and a dollop of Ginger Grapefruit Jam.
* Technically this is not vegan, because of the honey and the bee pollen. The honey could easily be replaced with maple syrup. And the bee pollen… I’ll have to think about that one.
Ginger Grapefruit Jam
splash of orange juice
1 inch piece of ginger
1 tablespoon chia
1. With a pairing knife, peel and segment the grapefruit. Add fruit to a small sauce pan (you could even use the same one you used for the granola). Squeeze out any juice from the peel.
2. Mix in the chia and ginger with a fork.
3. Bring to a simmer.
4. Shut it off and put it in a jar, let set up in the fridge overnight.
* By the way, this post is brought to you by “Awesome Dad”, who took the baby to the health food store after she woke up from a fifteen minute nap, right when “nanna” was measuring out the oats. We love you Dada.