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Apricot and orange granola

Have you ever tried to make granola at home? I can assure you that it is addictive! Why? Well, first because we can combine any ingredient and secondly because we can regulate the amount of sugar and fat added, getting a healthier product than many of those bought (I also add some protein in powder as it helps to maintain the level of satiety).

Everyone likes it! With fruit, milk, yogurt, or simply as a snack! It lasts a long time and is so very convenient!

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TIME: 120 min

INGREDIENTS:
350g Oat flakes
80g Dried Apricots
50g Walnuts
25g Sunflower Seeds
25g Sesame Seeds
2 tbsp Coconut oil
2 tbsp grated coconut
Zest and juice of 1 orange
3 tbsp of Protein powder
2 tbsp Brown sugar
2 tbsp of Honey

PREPARATION:
Preheat the oven to 125 ° C.
In a pan put the coconut oil, sugar, honey, juice and zest of the orange. Let the oil melt and set aside.
In a bowl place the remaining ingredients: the oat flakes, diced apricots, walnuts and seeds. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry and stir with a spoon to get everything involved.
Place the granola in a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake for about 60-80 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes and remove when it is well golden.
Allow to cool completely before storing in a jar.

This recipe uses products of My Protein

Sunflower Seeds and Oregano Crackers

I’m addicted to healthy stuff! Every meal I try to eat a great portion of vegetables and always opt for darker bread. Of course I still love a candy, or a more hearty dinner where we don’t think about what we are eating.
Nevertheless I think life is too short to waste it in the the doctor, and most of all, we are what we eat.

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However there is still that prejudice, that usually what is healthy has less flavor … not necessarily. And this recipe is precisely the proof! These crackers are all good: sunflower seeds, olive oil, honey and whole wheat flour. And no hype … just the right proportion of each, and we have a healthy and satisfying snack.

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Original recipe here.

SERVES: 4
TIME: 45 MIN

INGREDIENTS:
16 tbsp Sunflower seeds
1 cup of Whole Wheat flour
2 tbsp of Honey
3 tbsp of Olive Oil
120ml Warm Water
1 tsp Baking Powder
Oregano and salt to sprinkle

PREPARATION:
Preheat the oven to 170ºC.
In a food processor place the sunflower seeds and grind them, but leave some texture.
Add the flour, honey, baking powder, olive oil and warm water and mix for a few seconds just to get an uniform dough.
In a silicone mat (between 2 sheets of parchment paper you won’t achieve the same result), place half of the dough. Arrange the parchment paper over it and with a rolling pin extend it to a thickness of 3 mm (approximately).
With a knife mark the place where you want the crackers to split. Remove the paper, sprinkle with fine salt and oregano.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove them and let them cool.
Repeat in order tospend the rest of the dough.
Store them in a sealed flask.

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Honey Pudding

Are you seeing masterchef? I always followed the Australian series ( and I’m a fan ) , and although this one is a little bit differente I try not to miss it on Saturday evening.
I think this program is too directed to the portuguese cooking-preferences of the audience … maybe? Anyway I wish Rita Neto wins.
Do you see the program ? Any favorites?

Television aside, this was one of the desserts here at home on Easter! Suc-cess!! Maybe next time I’ll add a little bit of Porto!

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INGREDIENTS :
350g of sugar
1 tbsp of cornstarch
Water 2.5dl
4 tbsp honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
caramel (liquid)
10 eggs

Heat the oven to 190 º C.
In a bowl add the sugar and the cornstarch and dilute this with water .
Add the eggs , honey and cinnamon powder.
Grease a big mold ( in this case I used small ones ) with liquid caramel .
Pour the preparation in the forms and take them to bake in water bath for 1 hour ( for a big mold ) or 20 minutes ( for small ones ) . To confirm , do the toothpick test .
Let them cool completely before unmolding .