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Welcome to LifestyledbyART! I’m Ashley... a Maryland girl living life the Los Angeles way in sunny California. I’m fun, free-spirited + full of hacks on living life vibrantly + eating healthy. This is where I share all of that good stuff with you! Thanks for dropping by :)

Homemade Superfood Granola

Homemade Superfood Granola

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Over the weekend, I had the best ladies overnight trip to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs for my girlfriends birthday! We laid out by the pool, laughed so much, drank wayyy too many cocktails and champagne and ate really amazing food. In recovery mode on Sunday, I was on the prowl for a latte and something on the healthier side to relax as we soaked up last hours of the sun before heading back to LA. I shared avocado toast and a yummy fruit and granola bowl with my friend.

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I couldn't help but notice how fresh everything tasted, especially the granola. I left thinking okay... why am I still buying granola from the store?! It's always so processed, full of sugar and preserved to sit on a shelf for who knows how long. So in an effort to cut down on the amount of sugar I'm consuming and in what ways, I decided I would make my own so that I know exactly what's in it and plus is so much better that way! I threw together 8 amazing superfoods to make this toasted granola that I can put in yogurt, on salads and eat raw as a healthy option when I'm having a snack craving.

Whole oats are so good for you - high in fiber and protein and contain a ton of folate, magnesium and iron. The bulk section of Sprouts had organic oats for 2 lbs for $1!!! So cheap! You should also be able to find them in the baking aisle, avoid the quick cook and instant oats because they are so over processed and not that great for you!

The most fun about this, similar to my Oatmeal Raisin No Bake Power Bites - is that you can add whatever fun stuff you want. Dried cranberries, pecans, walnuts, almonds, dried cherries and other nuts and seeds. I wanted mine to be a superfood version chock full of things I love and that my body needs! Have fun with it and make it your own! The kids and family will love it!

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Superfood Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw whole organic oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup mix of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar (can be subbed for raw honey, maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Coconut oil will melt as you mix. Using clean hands, mix together well with hands to combine all ingredients. Spread mixture evenly onto a baking sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper). Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly toasted. Careful not to over-bake. Cool before serving or storing. Store in an airtight jar or container in a dry place for up to 2 weeks - I'm using a mason jar of course! Use this to top plain greek yogurt with fruit, salad, eat raw and so much more!

The coconut nectar is my newest replacement of sugar in my diet. Unlike sugar and its counterparts, it has a low glycemic index which does not give your body the crash like they do. It's also 100% organic, raw, gluten free, dairy free and vegan. I'll be sharing some of the other ways I'm cutting back on sugar and what I'm using as replacements soon!

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