There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.- Thornton Wilder
OK, I admit it. I like to listen to other people’s conversations. There. I said it.
But let me explain. I don’t pursue this in and of its self. I don’t set out to listen to private conversations. But if I find myself in a situation where people are talking, I like to hear what they’re saying. For example, when I’m lying on a beach with my eyes closed I can pick up on about 3 different conversations around me. I find this fascinating. I begin to think about who these people are, what are they saying that gives them away (accents). What is their relationship with one another? What kinds of things are they going to do while they’re here? I’ve gotten some pretty good tips on cool tourist places to go on vacation! My kids and I eavesdropped on a couple while on Waikiki Beach and discovered a great breakfast burrito place on the North Shore of Oahu.
Like I’ve said before, my husband and I walk every morning. Part of our walk is on an old railroad line made into a sweet walking trail. A few weeks ago I started noticing people’s conversations. Of course, as we’re passing them I only get snippets. But it’s enough to make me wonder, cause me to smile, prompt me to want to weigh in or even do a double-take. Two women approach, the short one says, “that’s amazing.” As they pass us the taller one says, “ocean view.” I had to restrain myself from saying, “Now, the ocean view is NOT oceanfront. Your “view” could be a little sliver of blue between 2 buildings.” But I kept walking because my husband would be mortified if I made a comment like that. The middle-aged man passes me by, “I just need to figure this out.” It’s killing me. Figure WHAT out?? Or the lady on the left says, “It’s a sharing bag, so of course I shared it with myself.” I had no idea what that meant, but upon googling it, I deduced she may be a teacher as this is a means of kids bringing items in a bag to share about themselves. Or maybe she’s in a Book Club and she brought something yummy to share in her bag and no one showed up so she ate it all by herself. Lady, you might want to book an appointment with me if that’s the case. Now I’m thinking, ‘seriously Renee, this is way too much mental time spent on a complete stranger’s life!’ But then a dear woman passed by and I hear, “….the best recipe ever….” Wait! I love new recipes, especially BEST recipes. And no, I didn’t stop and ask her what it was. But it made me think of the BEST recipe to share with you. I’ve given this recipe to many clients and they love it. One even told me it reminded her of Cocoa Krispies! So, dear reader, I have said all of this simply to bring you to the point of sharing a recipe I found online from Wickedspatula.com. Drum roll, please.
PALEO CHOCOLATE FUDGE GRANOLA (from wickedspatula.com)
1 lb mixed nuts (about 3 cups - I used pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, and cashews)
1/2 cup chia seeds
1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cacao powder
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 300° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In your food processor or blender pulse the nuts until they are broken down to the size you want. I like mine on the chunky side but be sure not to over-process.
Place the nuts in a large bowl and toss with chia seeds and coconut flakes.
In a small pot over low heat melt the coconut oil. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
Pour the fudge over the granola and toss to coat. Spread the mixture evenly onto the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes stirring once or twice.
*It's hard to tell if the mixture is done since it's already brown from the chocolate. Simply take a bite of a nut to gauge the doneness. It should taste toasted and crunchy.
That’s it, ladies. Your life will never be the same! Many thanks to the unknown lady on the trail!
Here are a few of my suggestions.
I make a double batch. It makes a lot, but I like to have it on hand to share with others.
I use mostly walnuts (super healthy nut) some pecans, some almonds.
I cut the sweetener in ½ and use ½ maple syrup ½ honey.
So, for the recipe above I would use ½ T maple syrup and 1 T raw, local, organic honey (total 1 ½ T instead of 3 T).
If you don’t eat Paleo/grain-free, add in some oats and cut down on the nuts.
I usually let mine bake a bit beyond 30 minutes.
Try this and email me to let me know what you think! firstname.lastname@example.org
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