GRAINLESS MAPLE CINNAMON GRANOLA

 Grainless maple cinnamon granola is paleo, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegan and made from almond pulp left over from making homemade almond milk!

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Need an idea for what to do with leftover pulp from making nut milk? This grainless maple cinnamon granola is a great use for it! It’s gluten free, vegan AND paleo, it’s also super easy and completely customizable by adding the dried fruit, chocolate chips and other mix-ins of your choice!

The amount of almond pulp used is what you’re left with if you’ve used the almond milk recipe from Against All Grain.

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups dried almond plup
2 cups pecans
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

To dry almond pulp:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place almond pulp on a parchment lined cookie sheet, spread out in an even layer, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

Turn oven up to 325 degrees.

Place dried almond pulp and pecans in a mixing bowl.

In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.

Fold the liquid into the almond/pecan mixture until everything is evenly coated. Spread in a thin layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet that has been pre-greased with non stick coconut oil cooking spray.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every five minutes. When you pull it out of the oven it will still seem a little sticky but once cooled it will crisp up nicely!

Once cooled fold in the chocolate chips and store in an air tight container. Enjoy!

FILING CABINET MAKEOVER

 DIY outdated filing cabinet makeover 

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Why are filing cabinets so expensive? Can someone tell me that? They’re like the furniture equivalent to buying underwear; not much going on but sold at an ungodly price. (Don’t get me started on the cost of underwear, tiny little pieces of fabric that cost more than a gallon of gasoline, are you kidding me?). Plus they aren’t really an attractive piece of furniture for what you pay for them! So when a client mentioned that she was downsizing and getting rid of a lot of things, including the contents of her husband’s office, I asked if that included a filing cabinet.

“Yes!” she said, “and I’ll give it to you for the low price of a batch of your Ooey gooey mint chocolate brownie cookies! My grandson has a gluten allergy and I never know what to make him!”

Sold.

Well this wasn’t going to fit in with my ultra girly home office, but at the cost of a plate of cookies, I knew I could make it work:

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BEFORE

Ultra Girly Office:

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With a little pink spray paint, and some cool, patterned contact paper, it was ready to hold all the Kate Spade office accessories and brightly patterned file folders you could throw at it!

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AFTER!

What do you think? Has this inspired you to makeover your own bland piece of furniture?

KEEPING ALMONDS, PECANS, WALNUTS, MACADAMIA NUTS AND PISTACHIOS FRESH

 How to keep nuts fresh when you buy them in bulk

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Are you eating rancid nuts?! Lol. Let me explain:

Let’s say you’ve got the good intentions to start replacing potato chips and candy by snacking on nuts. You buy a 48 oz bag of almonds at your favorite big box store (can’t beat it for $13!), go home, open it, eat a handful, pop a chip clip on them and stick them on the counter or in your pantry. Now the recommended serving size of almonds is 1 oz, if you are diligent and have a single serving every day, you still didn’t eat them fast enough before they started going bad sitting on your counter top, in fact, they were rancid for the last two weeks of snacking. Gross. Not many people know that nuts contain oil that can go rancid if not properly stored. Once opened from their original packaging nuts will go rancid in about 4 weeks if kept at room temperature. I don’t know anyone who can eat that many almonds that quickly, so if you aren’t going to use them right away, make sure you store them properly!

I divide mine up into little snack packs and place them in the refrigerator where they’ll keep for 9 months, the rest in mason jars for the freezer, where they’ll keep for an entire year! Feel free to use your favorite storage, Tupperware, freezer bags, mason jars; just make sure they’re air tight and kept cool!