Spiced Granola + Morning Gratitude

While making granola for breakfast, I repeat aloud a series of gratitude affirmations that I've written down. Also, I listen to healing frequency music while stating my affirmations, which may help you practice your own gratitude as well. I've found that the kitchen is the best place to practice my gratitude while listening to healing frequency music, otherwise known as Solfeggio tones, scientifically attuned sound vibrations that create healing energy. There are many ways to listen to these healing frequency tones. I've found sources on YouTube and listen to a variety of meditative music depending-- while I'm sleeping I like to listen to the 528hz frequency music, called the "miracle tone" which helps repair DNA on a deeper level. It's very relaxing spa music created in healing tones-- some of the best tracks have water sounds and binaural beats.

I'm a true believer in cooking and preparing food while in a loving state of mind. Practicing gratitude affirmations first thing is the best way I've found to shift my mood from a lower state to a higher level of calm positivity. It's a quick switcheroo of perspective that resets your mind from the negative chatter to focusing upon the present moment. You know the saying: today is a gift, that's why it's called the present.

And none of us are perfect. We all have phases of negative behavior. Perhaps you've listened to those self-sabotaging phrases in your head lately. Maybe you focus on the negatives out of habit. It's possible you learned how to do that from someone while you were young, and it's so engrained in you that you don't even notice. I've noticed how much complaining I've done throughout my life, and have forgiven myself for it. Complaining isn't constructive, and honestly I feel that it can totally undermine your focus upon being grateful and aware. Your consciousness needs all the support it can get! When you find yourself complaining, take a deep breath and say to yourself, or your partner, children, whomever is witness: "Oh, I'm complaining. I'll stop now. I'm grateful for my life." Then remember all of the reasons to be grateful. Pull out your gratitude list. Read it through and say it aloud again. Keep reminding your brain that it's time to shift gears and pretty soon, with much practice, you'll find that everything works itself out.

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spiced Granola

VEGAN / GLUTEN-FREE / NUT-FREE

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 45 minutes/1 hour
Makes one large jar of granola

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup  pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened

  • 1 cup coconut oil

  • 1 cup maple syrup

  • 2 tbl vanilla extract

  • 2 tbl cacao butter*

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 tbl cinnamon or pumpkin spice blend

*if you cannot find any cacao butter, it's just fine to leave it out. Cacao butter can be found in most health food supermarkets or online.


Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 200F.

In a large bowl, add in the dry ingredients: rolled oats, coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds.

On a low heat in a saucepan, combine the coconut oil, cacao butter, coconut sugar and maple syrup, stirring continuously until melted.

Remove from heat. Add the vanilla and cinnamon.

Pour over the dry mix. Stir and fold until everything is combined, making sure all of the oats and seeds are coated well.

Spread the granola evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 200F for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until crispy and golden. Be careful not to burn.

Once ready, remove from the oven and let the granola cool. Add dried cherries if you like, or fresh berries, and have with coconut yogurt or homemade nut milk. Enjoy!