Every few months it seems, I am in need of a cleanout.
First, my pantry. If TLC decided to do a TV spin-off called “Food Hoarders,” I think I’d qualify for the show. The things I found while cleaning out my cupboards this weekend include, but are not limited to: a mini pair of scissors, two Christmas tins, six types of tea, a 1-lb. bag of nutritional yeast, six jars of nut butter, eight baggies of unlabeled spices (I think I figured out what each of them is), four products I have yet to review on the blog and sticky pools of agave nectar.
Mind you, the picture above is post-cleanout.
And second, my body.
Let’s be clear, I’ve been taking these past two weeks of funemployment very seriously. Lunch dates with friends? Check! Attending all happy hour celebrations I am invited to? Check! A birthday party boating on the lake? Check! A nachos competition between the manfriend and I? Check! If you can’t read between those alcohol-laden lines, then let me tell you that it means I’ve been exercising minimally and imbibing beer (and nachos) to the extreme.
And so the time has come…
It all starts with buckwheat groats, dried berries, lemon and hemp seeds!
Unfortunately, we’re not talking that kind of hemp, but we are talking about hulled hemp seeds, an Omega-3 and -6 rich seed that is not to be overlooked. While some complain the flavor can be a bit gritty, I’ve found when paired with the right ingredients, it’s delightfully creamy and nutty. Plus, it’s a complete protein – containing all nine essential amino acids – and provides a protein boost.
So let’s make this recipe do double duty for us, mmmkay?
This buckwheat granola will rid us of those pesky bulk items hibernating in our cupboards and (hopefully) slim our waists at the same time. Tomorrow morning, I plan on eating it a bowl of it topped with strawberries and a hefty dose of almond milk, although if you subbed the almond milk for Greek yogurt, I wouldn’t judge you for that. It’d be goooood.
Tomorrow, I am also going to be back at you again with another Project Cleanout recipe.
I may even shoot for a posting a recipe or concoction every day this week!
Do you think you can handle a blog post a day from me this week? More importantly, do you think I handle a blog post a day from me this week? Now that happy hours are off the table for awhile, I think the answer is yes.
My week just cleared up significantly.
Berry Cardamom Buckwheat Granola
adapted from Apple Mango Coconut Buckwheat Granola
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 45 to 50 minutes
2 cups raw buckwheat groats
1 cup dried mixed berries
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t ground cardamom
1/2 t salt
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup brown rice syrup, agave nectar or honey
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, toss groats, berries, oats, hemp seeds, extract and spices. Add brown rice syrup, and stir ensuring mixture is well-coated. Pour onto a greased baking sheet and press into an even layer. Bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes until granola is light golden brown.
Store in an airtight container or immediately devour the entire batch…it’s your call.
Makes 4 cups