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Recipe Thursday

Here’s a small unsolicited review of things I’m feeling right now:  (the following does not necessarily reflect the feelings and opinions of Southington Crossfit)
1) Hoodies…no brainer. Hoodies of all colors, materials and sizes. XXXLG, no prob I’ll rock that. BTW they are coming Friday!
2)The upcoming Fittest, Fastest, Freakiest athlete throwdown Jan. 19…Super excited, a tad nauseous.
3)Steves original paleo granola bars. They have gotten me out of a jam or two the last month.
4)The highlight reel that gets posted at the end of every month…think your hard work has gone unnoticed? Wrong. Best part for me is when I read about your accomplishments I get the same sense of pride I would get if they were mine. I know I am in no way responsible for what you have done…I’m just that excited for you, so much love. Aw.
5)The comment tab on the website…I love it, why don’t you???? How can you see a chick doing clapping push-ups and not comment? This one is going to be a twofer, suggestions…I am really feeling suggestions on what you guys need for recipes. For example Jax (you know, the coach you see at the box set up with more weight then you going to town on a wod that somehow manages to still be super good-looking at the end of her workout) asked for a Chili recipe, I love that. Plus she was able give me her feedback. She liked it, so it will be up on the blog soon so yall can give it a whirl. Have a suggestion, request, or insult for me? Comment tab bro.
6) Things that can be prepared in bulk and then eaten for days. Thus this weeks recipe…

The hubs has officially stated he is going to eat paleo, I did not try to persuade him he just decided. He said his back/shoulder/knee injuries that previously bothered him on a daily basis give him almost no trouble when he eats this way. Score. Love when we’re on the same page. Hoping it’s a matter of time before he shows up at crossfit. Anyway, the man loves cereal. Busy mornings at 5 am he doesn’t have the desire or time to make eggs/bacon/steak ect. Sure I’ll make a batch of muffins for the week but they actually last 2.4 hours because each family member eats three of them right off the bat, and by each family member I mean me. A muffin alone doesn’t cut it as breakfast in my house anyway. Cereal he will eat and feel satisfied. It’s hard to find grain, corn, soy, sugar free cereal. Juli Bauer of paleomg.com is the queen, she is one clutch paleo blogger. Check her out. Her paleo granola recipe rocks. The following is a derivative of it, some quantities and ingredients are tweaked based on personal preference. It is awesome, great for snacking and perfect with some coconut milk over it for breakfast. Perhaps not the most nutritionally balanced breakfast…but what cereal is?!

This recipe can be made all sizes and with all different themes, you can do a pumpkin maple version, an apple cinnamon version, whatever you are in the mood for just add the corresponding fruits or spices. I did a huge batch with pumpkin that required multiple baking sheets.

1 ½  cups walnuts chopped
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1 ½ cups pecans halved (I break em up a little more)
1 cup slivered almonds
1  cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (using both types of coconut gives it a more cereal/granola like feel to me)
1 cup unsweetened pitted dates chopped
1/2 cup coconut oil melted
2 tbls honey
1 tbs coconut sugar
1 tbls cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp  ground ginger

Preheat oven to 325. Melt your coconut oil, mix in your honey, coconut sugar, spices. Put your nuts, seeds, and coconut in a bowl and pour your coconut oil mixture over it mixing well. Spread your granola out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, toss so the bottom doesn’t burn. Bake for another 6 minutes, add your dates and toss again. Bake for another 4 minutes. You may have to adjust the cooking time based on your oven etc. you do not want this to burn. Burnt granola literally tastes like old shoes.  Let it cool. Store it in the fridge. Right now I have two 1 gallon containers of this in mine.

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