i have been a busy little elf in the kitchen this morning and i cannot wait to share my yummy project with you!
but first of all, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! this season, i have been more into the holiday cheer than ever before. i put up my tree earlier than i ever have, and really decked it out, actually buying some new decorations, which i haven’t done in ages. i’m usually so busy with christmas concerts and handel messiahs that all i can do is bah humbug fa la la la la my way through the season. but this year i have a respite! only 10 concerts, and 7 of them are this weekend. GIT ‘ER DUN! (um, that’s hillbilly for let’s do this!)
this morning, i was inspired to make a granola ball that has superfood powers baked right in. i met two lovely women this summer, who live in santa fe (lucky), and they were looking for the perfect granola bar, or ball, recipe. sounds like a job for pixy! i’ve been so excited to dig in and tweak my old recipe, and make some chemistry in the kitchen!
oooh! i smell them in the oven now…they might be done! back in a sec!
okay, the bars didn’t really turn out, but the balls are AWESOME! so here’s the recipe.
but first, a granola ball selfie…
so cute, and so proud of her cranberries.
again, i apologize for the lack of a proper recipe template. i’m gonna work on that over the break, i promise. this looks like a lot of steps, but i’m just being verbose.
SUPERFOOD GRANOLA BALLS
- cook 1 cup rinsed quinoa in 2 cups water for 15 minutes, or until the water is evaporated from the pan. drain in a fine mesh sieve just in case. the final product will be more like 2 cups cooked quinoa. drop it into a large bowl.
- add 3 cups uncooked oats (i use gluten-free because i’m fancy)
- add 1/2 cup hemp seeds or ground flax seeds
- add 1/2-1 cup any kind of nuts or seeds you’d like to add: i love sliced raw almonds, pepitas, sesame seeds, etc. or leave out the nuts.
- add dried fruit of any kind: i used cranberries and dates in this one, but i love golden raisins, dried cherries, and apricots, too. or skip the dried fruit and just go straight for chocolate chips or cacao nibs!
- here’s where you can add some superfood powder to fortify your granola experience and make your food WORK FOR YOU! add 2 Tablespoons ACAI POWDER. you won’t taste it and it is a strong antioxidant, and we all need those! i bought my acai powder at http://www.thrivemarket.com. but you can also find it in your natural/organic foods section of your local store…
- mix all together and let it hang out while making the syrup.
- in a small saucepan, melt 8 Tablespoons of your favorite oil: coconut, butter, ghee, whatever. it’s a lot of oil, but you’re making like a million balls. you’re gonna be fine.
- add 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses (high in vitamins and minerals, and lower in glycemic index than sugar. and delicious. and it was my dad’s favorite thing, so it’s gotta be good, right?)
- add 2-3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- add 1 teaspoon salt, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons garam masala (this is the secret, magical ingredient that makes my granola sooooo good. i probably stole this idea from a famous chef, but i don’t remember who.) season to taste. you can always add more after you mix it all together.
- after it’s all melted and gooey, mix all together and TASTE. make sure it tastes good. you can tweak any ingredient you like at this point.
- finally, add a flax egg, or an egg substitute. or a regular egg white. this will help bind it all together.
- roll into balls and bake on a parchment paper-lined pan at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until the balls are nice and brown and crunchy on the outside.
you can freeze these and just lay a few on the counter in the morning while you’re showering, and they’ll be nice and soft and ready to eat with your coffee.