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Luddite or Ludic? Tahini Granola

If you have known and corresponded with me for any length of time, at some point you will receive a picture of a written page instead of a typed message. In the case of my dear friend KJC, I sent her fourteen-page letters composed over several days and Metro rides last fall, pretty much every week. Writing is more efficient for me than typing, though I type faster than I write. Not all efficiency is speed, however. Writing with pen and paper satisfies me physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally more than typing (though there of course are times where my graphomania requires digital paper and ink, and much of it). Nay, while I may seem to undergo Luddite fits in which I shun technology, generally I am amenable to the shiny devices (phone, compy, iPad, iPod, camera) and the connectivity they provide. I just make them work for me.tahini granola notebook page vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

Tahini Granola

[Ed. note: Originally I only posted a picture of the recipe I wrote in my Leuchtturm; some people got more credit than they deserve via marginalia.]

4 cups GF rolled oats
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 cups raw sunflower seeds
1 cup chia seeds
1 cup flake unsweetened coconut
1 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
1/3 cup safflower oil
1/2 cup tahini
1 cup cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.
In a large bowl, stir together oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, and spices.
In a large measuring cup, whisk together wet ingredients.
Add wet to dry and stir well to coat.
Spread mixture on baking sheet in an even layer.
Bake for 30 minutes, stirring, rotating, and testing for toasty crispiness every 10-15 minutes.
Remove from the oven when oats are crisp and everything has browned.
Cool on a rack, stirring occasionally to hasten cooling.
Fold in the cacao nibs.  Store in an airtight container.
Serve with fresh raspberries!

raspberry tahini granola vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

Parting Shots:
There was no A/C in the apartment Sunday-Tuesday. All my coconut oil went liquid.

liquid coconut oil  no AC | gothic granola

I was sick on Tuesday. Here is my detox lunch: apple, chickpea noodle miso soup with lots of cayenne and black pepper (and kale. Always kale), and detox tea.

soul soup detox tea vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

I make my Rawmeal protein shakes with non-dairy milk and ice and freeze them up to a few days in advance of consumption. They yerba mate ones tend to separate with this blue-green slimy layer on top. Tastes fine, just looks like a science experiment.
science smoothie vegan gluten-free | gothic granola 

I bought salad for supper at work today. Don’t touch my leftovers.

It took until tonight, almost a week later, for the coconut oil to solidify.
 solid coconut oil vegan gluten-free | gothic granola
September’s Challenge Exercises (from a Tumblr post I can’t find). Plus 100 crunches each day.

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