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2 in 1 Christmas Goodies (Recipe + Printable Inside)

Banana Granola

 

I am soooo celebrating Christmas this year. Not with a tree, unfortunately. No tree for us this year, but what we lack in pine aromatherapy + lights + over-the-top ornaments we compensate for in spirit.

 

The house smells like Holiday magic thanks to the eight batches of Banana + Dark Chocolate Granola I made to gift the people who have put up with us all year. It’s one of our most cherished family traditions, making our own homemade granola + giving it away as favors for “muy importante” occasions. It taste absolutely divine + it’s vegan + gluten/refined sugar/junk product free.

 

At least my man’s pack is ready for dispatch.

 

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Let’s interrupt today’s Christmas special so you can steal this must-make recipe, shall we?

 

ingredients

  • 3 cups certified gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • pinch of pink salt or sea salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon pure raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped

 

preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F.

 

In a large bowl combine oats + almonds + pecans + cashews + pumpkin seeds + salt.

 

In a separate bowl add honey + coconut oil + vanilla + bananas. Use your hands to mic the ingredients completely smooth.

 

Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture + combine well, using your hands until everything is well coated.

 

Place the granola in a long baking tray + lay out flat.

 

Place in the middle of the oven + bake for 25 minutes, checking 3 times to turn the granola over with a wooden spoon.

 

Allow to cool completely before adding the chocolate pieces + storing in a container.

 

Serve with organic yogurt or almond milk.

 

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Moving on Granola Monster.

 

As promised, I’m playing Santa + giving away presents each week of December. If you missed my Holiday Gift Tags last week you can snatch em’ right here.

 

This week I made you another sweet printable to help you tap into your deepest wants + heart fueled desires. Disguised as a cute download, this All I Want for Christmas List will help you celebrate + acknowledge what makes you twinkle. without feeling guilty or ungrateful for what you do have + what you’ve already accomplished.

 

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So, if I may ask, What do you want for Christmas?

 

I’ll start.

 

  1. I want to let go of my need to control + perfect to have the courage to enjoy what is now.
  2. I want a Hello Kitty toaster.
  3. I want to increase my tolerance for mess.
  4. I want to give up sugar, oh Santa please!
  5. I want learn calligraphy to up my illustrated quote game.
  6. I want to a pink medicine ball as desk chair. Six pack 2014 is the year.
  7. I want to learn to crush bad days with red lipstick + fake eye lashes. Pow!
  8. I want to get my notepads into Anthropologie. There I said it.
  9. I want to make beautiful babies with hubby. Bonus if they look like him.
  10. I want to give give give the world E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

 

Your turn. Share your All I Want for Christmas List in the comments below + on social media using the hashtag #heartmadechristmas + tagging me @mayicarles.

 

This little challenge will come in handy in a couple of weeks when we discover how to match soul with to-do declarations + explore our goals for the new year together, so don’t skip it thinking it’s silly to dream big.

 

xo,

Mayi Carles

 

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