A couple months ago I received the EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL cookbook by Terry Walters. As someone who frequently reviews plant based cookbooks this one caught my attention. Why? Because first of all, it’s beautiful. It’s thick. And, it’s packed with fresh, organic, clean, whole food recipes. The photographs are gorgeous. I even love the feel of the paper pages. And, I really appreciate Terry’s farmer’s market and locally grown approach as well. Thoughtfully put together, Terry shares recipes based on seasons which I personally think is brilliant. If you ask me, we should eat more based on what’s growing near where we live and which current season we are in.
With the help from my foodie loving photographer, I decided to create one recipe from the book to share with all of you. And with Valentine’s Day this week combined with my love for (healthy) sweets, I thought the Nutty Granola (page 17 in the book) would be a perfect match. Plus, it just might be the perfect breakfast to serve up to your loved one this coming Saturday morning with a few splashes of your favorite nut milk. Go ahead, enjoy dessert for breakfast especially on a day that’s all about love.
4 cups rolled oats
1½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup pecans
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
½ cup melted virgin coconut oil
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 250°F.
In large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.
In separate bowl, whisk together oil, syrup and almond extract. Pour wet mixture over dry and stir to evenly coat. Transfer mixture to a 9 x 12-inch glass casserole dish and bake 2 hours (until golden and dry). Turn off heat but leave granola in oven to cool and set completely before using a spatula to release granola and break into chunks. Store in airtight container. Makes 9½ cups.
More about the book…
Eat Clean Live Well is more than just a cookbook. It is a complete lifestyle guide, with seasonal vegan and gluten-free recipes and year-round tips for a healthier you. Featuring more than 175 new recipes of farm-to-table dishes as well as valuable information on everything from planting and preserving to cleansing, meditation, and natural remedies, Eat Clean Live Well will empower and inspire you to make delicious, mindful, and healthful choices. Season by season, Walters takes us on a journey to sustain good health for your body, home and environment. These are the foods we all need more of — nourishing, satisfying, easy and delicious. Walters shares her own stories, traditions and approach to clean food cooking and healthy living inspiring us once again to eat clean and live well. Join Terry in embracing the richness of the changing seasons in this guide to eating clean and living well.
And about the author…
Terry Walters is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement and is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and passion to eat clean and live well. She is the author of two best-selling cookbooks, CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START. She is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and recipient of the Nautilus Gold and Silver Book Awards. Terry is regularly featured on television and radio, in print and Internet media, and is the author of the popular blog Eat Clean Live Well. She serves as Advisor to the Board of Directors for Urban Oaks Organic Farm and as Director of Culinary Education for The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition. She works extensively as an educator, consultant, clean food chef and advocate for healthy change in the way we eat and live. To learn more about Terry’s clean eating journey, visit TerryWalters.net, “like” Terry on Facebook at Clean Food, and follow her on Twitter or on Instagram @TerryWaltersCooks.
All Nutty Granola recipe photos by Faye White Photography.