So I have a confession to make.
I’m a nut butter addict. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, you name it and I’ll devour it.
So after a come-to-Jesus moment last year I decided to swear off peanut butter for a month. Then it turned into 2 months, then 3, you get it. Well, it’s been almost a year since I’ve bought a jar of peanut butter and in that time I’ve had less than a shmear of peanut butter (except for a few weekends ago at my parents. They were out of eggs…so back off, I had no choice!).
Now I know it sounds insane, but really, there’s no self-control. Every once in a while I’ll pick up a jar of almond butter and enjoy it for one glorious week … before it’s gone.
This Tahini & Maple Granola was born out of my new-found love. And just like my new snack, this granola would graciously take on dash of cinnamon in addition to the cardamom.
- 2 cups old fashioned oats (certified gluten-free is needed)
- ¾ cup pecans
- ½ cup raw pepitas
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon kosher or Himalayan salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with nonstick spray.
- Pulse pecans in a food processor until chunky (about 8 pulses), add oats to processor and pulse to break up (about 5 pulses). Transfer pecans and oats to a large mixing bowl and stir in pumpkin seeds, maple syrup, tahini, oil, cardamom, vanilla, and salt.
- Spread in an even layer on prepared baking sheet and bake 25–30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Cool completely then transfer to an airtight container; store at room temperature for 2–3 weeks.
One last note:
With the new year off to a running start it’s easy to get caught up in the pace of day to day life. This year I am making it a priority to acknowledge and focus on what makes me happy. I can’t commit to slowing down, it’s not really in my nature, but I can make a point to find and create space for happiness. Check out this podcast from TED Radio Hour (not affiliated at all), that focuses on happiness, “it is not happiness that makes us grateful, it’s gratefulness that makes up happy”.