Granola Gravel |Grain free + Sugar free| & Becoming a Family of 4

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Granola Gravel (Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free) + Becoming a Family of 4Granola Gravel (Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free) + Becoming a Family of 4

Wild. Crazy. Epic. Unreal. Surreal. Catch me in a conversation these days (or peek into my thoughts) and you’ll hear these words very frequently. Why?

Walking around without a big belly, catching myself feeling weirdly light. Totally Wild. Trying to figure out everyday life with meals, work, adventure, naps and a somewhat clean home (whaaat!?). Every aspect of Crazy. Going back to memories of Avalons birth and all that surrounded it and realizing that it actually happened. Seriously Epic. Watching Fabian with two (!) beautiful kids on his lap, both of whom resembles us. Incredibly Unreal. Stopping in the midst of all the things going on to grasp the fact that all while feeling like ’just me’ I am now a mother of two wild princes. So, very Surreal.

So yes, our family grew from 3 to 4. On February 19th at 6am in the morning while the first rays of sun peeked into our living room windows we welcomed our second little boy. Those clever little words up there happen to apply to both those situations of tired overwhelm and the ’we totally got this’-highs. (For the record, we don’t, but we do it anyway ;) 

I actually had a whole other post (the coolest cake ever, folks!) planned as the first one after Avalons arrival but doing anything apart from nursing, breathing, eating and semi-sleeping (especially making and shooting super rad cake) is just not happening when you have a newborn and an energetic 2 1/2 year old in tow. Instead I present to you my ‘Granola Gravel’ because anything that’s easily assembled, quick to make, chunky, crunchy, sweet (but not overly sweet) hits the spot in my book. It’s vegan, grain-free, sugar-free and pumped up on essential fatty acids and protein to make for a very satisfying snack without the sugar spikes. It goes perfectly with just about anything from a breakfast (check out my app for inspo!), desserts or Caspians snack bowl. Honestly though, it’s at it’s best by the handful right out of the jar like when I get struck by serious nursing-related hunger in the middle of the night. The clusters (thus ‘gravel’) of deliciousness that makes up the Granola Gravel magically seem to be just what I (and anyone who tries it) crave. I always try to have our pantry stocked with a jar because when it’s there, life is just better & easier. The Granola Gravel is loaded with good-for-you-ness and it’s ridiculously delish with it’s naturally sweet, nutty & crunchy poppyseed & chamolille tasting toasty clusters.. Guuuh. So. Good!

Granola Gravel (Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free) + Becoming a Family of 4Granola Gravel (Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free) + Becoming a Family of 4Granola Gravel (Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free) + Becoming a Family of 4

Fun & Fabulous Facts

– Smart Snacking

I am a huge snacker. Seriously, I really don’t know anyone who lights up as a firework when it’s snacktime like I do. Granted, sometimes it’s nothing, sometimes it’s just a sad ol’ carrot in the car but other times it’s well though out and devoured with a steamy cuppa. It’s as much a quick but heavenly breathing-space as it is high quality fuel for the next hours ahead.

Each and every body works differently but we all need to load up on the good stuff to keep going. Weather that means three solid meals a day without snacks or if it means 3 solid meals plus 3 light snacks doesn’t matter. Some days you’ll need less and some days you’ll need more depending on level of activity, age, season and a bunch of other variables like moontime, if you’re down with a cold or if you are dealing with a lot of stress. Sometimes a snack is solid and sometimes it’s a juice/smoothie/tea. Basically, there are no rules but to follow the needs of your body. There are of course some badass tips and tricks on how to snack smart, regardless of who you are and what’s going on in your life. As a rule of thumb, look at your output of energy of the day. Are you working out? Pregnant? Sitting by a desk all day? Let your input of energy (your food) match that output and you have a good start at figuring out exactly what you need.

Many have been brought up to lean on overly sweet and/or processed snacks like energy bars, sugared trail-mixes, sweet yoghurts or baked goods etc so my best tips are to go fresh and go savory. An easy switch that offer a bigger array of nutrients (and keeps you satisfied for way longer). My basic go-to’s that I can easily prepare in batches & pack to take with me are: celery + carrot sticks with a tahini/nutritional yeast-sauce, chunky cucumber rounds with hummus & chili flakes, thinly sliced kohlrabi with herbsalt is magical and a cup of store-bought instant miso has saved me many times! Then I throw in a couple of Granola Gravel clusters because it’s sweet without the s-w-e-e-t and simply all-around awesome ! Actually, my advise is to always have some Granola Gravel in your bag for the times that you forget to pack a snack. It’s a lifesaver if/when Caspian gets a sudden tired/hungry meltdown too. A seriously next level trail mix that you just need in your life asap.

Granola Gravel (Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free) + Becoming a Family of 4Granola Gravel (Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free) + Becoming a Family of 4

Granola Gravel

Chunky, crunchy, grain-free, vegan, naturally sweet and with an interesting depth of flavor. Use it for snacking, smoothie bowl topping, porridge crunch or as a layer in a dessert trifle. It brings a hefty dose essential fatty acids and protein to anything and it’s wildly delicious.

Flavor it! My favorite flavor is freshly ground cardamom+chamomile (included in the recipe below) but I’ve also tried lavender+cacao and ground dried orange peel+cinnamon. You go play!

Dry 
1 1/4 cup nuts (I use a mix of almonds, hazelnuts, cashews)
3/4 cup seeds (I use a mix of sunflower + pumpkin seeds)
3 tbsp poppy seeds
1 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut chips
1/3 cup hemp hearts

Wet
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 banana
1/4 cup virgin (or cooking) coconut oil
a little less than 1/4 tsp good quality salt
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom (more if using pre-ground)
1 1/2 tbsp dried chamomile flowers (approx 1 bag chamomile tea if you’re using that)
2 tbsp date syrup/ black strap molasses/ maple syrup, optional but tasty

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/347°F
  2. Gently melt coconut oil a small saucepan over low heat. Set aside. Add banana, chia seeds, cardamom, chamomile and date syrup/molasses/maple into the saucepan and blend with a hand blender. Set aside.
  3. Add nuts, seeds and poppy seeds to a food processor and pulse 2-3 times (alternatively roughly chop them by hand). Add these to a large bowl along with the wet mixture and the coconut chips. Combine until all dry ingredients have been coated in the wet mixture. 
  4. Spread out on a baking sheet. Not neatly & evenly but rather quite messily and in clusters. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring halfway and keeping a close eye towards the end + stirring once or twice not to burn.
  5. Add hemp hearts immediately after removing from the oven and then let cool completely. Store in a glass jar in your pantry.

Granola Gravel (Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free) + Becoming a Family of 4Granola Gravel (Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free) + Becoming a Family of 4

The nature of love is without limits and in our home and hearts it continues to expand into a new reality that is becoming a family of four. Tired and overwhelmed at times, yes. But ‘grateful’ would be to only carefully scratch the surface of describing what’s going on in my soul.

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32 Comments

  1. Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs
    2 april, 2016

    Huuuge congratulations, Elenore! What an amazing change and to bring a baby into the world as the sun is coming up is so beautiful. Good luck on this new chapter with two baby boys <3

    Thank you for always being so real in your posts and talking about how hard it can be to do all that you do. You are incredible and so is this recipe. Can't wait to try it!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      Thank you dearest Alexandra! I’m honored and grateful that you are here, taking it all in. I hope you like the gravel too :)

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  2. Ana
    3 april, 2016

    Congratulations on adding a new little one to your family!

    I am completely in awe of the beautiful creations that you put together in the kitchen – especially in such a transitional and full period of life! The combination of ingredients in this granola sounds incredible (I could have never come up with it, although I’ve been dreaming of incorporating chamomile in something other than tea) and I can’t wait to try it.

    Have a wonderful day and season – of year and life! – ahead.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      Hey Ana! Yeah, the chamomile is really so spot-on in this one. Did you get a chance to try it? Hope so! Lots of thank you’s from me!

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  3. Akshaya Bhat
    3 april, 2016

    Huge Congratulations on the new arrival. You have a beautiful ability to create some amazing stuff.. Thankyou for all the inspiration.

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  4. Avril
    3 april, 2016

    Congratulations again on bringing into this world another baby prince ? Enjoy every minute of life with them.
    As always you are amazing bringing such wonderful food into our lives and writing your lovely words all while juggling your family. I’m going to make this this right now. All of March we have eaten just too much of the wrong kind of snacks, as it’s been our second sons 16th Birthday and 14th Foreverday (celebration of the day he came to live with us as he’s adopted). So time to up the nutrition and dump the rubbish ?. Love and happiness to you Elenore, thank you x

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      Yay for a snack revamp, then! Thank you as always for your incredible kind words, Avril and may your April be full of Super Snacks! love /Elenore

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  5. Olof
    4 april, 2016

    Dear Elenore!
    you are so amazing and so inspiring! thank you!!!
    I always admire your enthusiasm and all your knowledge and wisdom!
    Being pregnant I´ve been looking for healthy and reasonable guidelines on the net without success. You can find guidelines for healthy fertility but once your pregnant.. none… It´s like they don´t think you might be healthy and conscious about your eating habits and not willing to dig into a sugary store bought snack bar ore a juicy sandwich…during pregnancy.. I don´t eat sugar or bread!!! And I don´t want to start eating it now.. I have been told to listen to my body and I try to but it asks for strange things.. and lots of carbohydrates that I´m not used to eat like even bread.. (I´ve been mostly raw for many years and not eating potatoes, bread.. rice, pasta.. etc.) I also crave goat cheese! (but thats not so bad is it..)
    there for I wanted to ask you since youre now being a mother of two(congratulations!!!) if you where willing to put to gather a little guide or make a special post on healthy wise eating during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The Earthsprout way.. because I know Im not the only one wanting to continue healthy eating and struggling to beat these strange cravings and morning sickness, energy lows and fatigue … I know you have a lot of wisdom to share!

    With lots of love!
    and thanks for being so wonderful!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      Hugest congratulations on your pregnancy! Thank you so much for all this great feedback. A natural and healthy pregnancy + birth + postpartum is really something I want to talk about all. the. time but it’s such a big subject I never know where to begin :) ..but thank your for reminding me yet again of the importance of sharing it! Sending all the love your way!

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      • Olof
        22 april, 2016

        Thank you so much Elenore!!!
        It´s amazing this feeling!!! :)
        I can´t wait to read what you´ll write.. when you´ll write.. some day.. ! :) You are so full of love and wisdom!
        send you lots of love back and wish you and your family all the best!
        and you know what.. there is no way to know where to start until you start…

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  6. Rev. kristyne
    4 april, 2016

    On the day before your new arrival I turned 58, so very happy Aquarian/Pisces life dear sweet little boy! (not sure which he’ll fall under and most likely he’ll share characteristics of both)May your family be blessed with tremendous health, otherworldly wealth, and overwhelming happiness-which it so seems to already be filled with! The granola gravel looks ideal for my precious boy, a first grandchild now 6. Life goes quickly by and they grow up in the twinkling of an eye..when you are the tired-est, still love every minute and every challenge.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      Thank you so much for your precious words! I hope your grandchild and you can enjoy the Granola Gravel on a sunny picnic!! Yes, it sure will be interesting to see which characteristics little Avalons will have from the both signs :)

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  7. Sarah Britton
    4 april, 2016

    Congrats you rockin’ mama of FOUR, you!

    You inspire me always. Love you so much <3
    xo

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  8. Christine // my natural kitchen
    4 april, 2016

    Congratulations Elenore!!! What happy news!!!

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  9. Hannah
    4 april, 2016

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! I find it so inspiring that you can still make (and beautifully photograph) lovely, nourishing food in the midst of an ever-changing life. You are amazing!
    P.S. I loooove that chunky blanket in the second pic from the top. Stay cozy!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      Thank you SO MUCH Hannah! ..just taking things reeeally slow, that’s how I get it done :) Learned the hard way..
      ..and yes, isn’t the blanket amazing (my mum made it for little Avalon <3)

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  10. Leah
    4 april, 2016

    yay elenore! sending lots of love and sparkly energy to your family. my ”baby” turns 5 tomorrow. time flies in a woosh. your banana bread is SUPER YUMMY. look forward to making this beautiful granola tomorrow. thank you so much! xoxoo

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      She’s 5 already!? Woah! I’m thrilled you’re enjoying the banana bread! Sending loads of love your way!

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  11. Meme
    5 april, 2016

    Congratulations, well done. I wish you deep rest when you can get it, help when you ask for it and may your home always be so full of love.

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  12. Anneke
    6 april, 2016

    Granola’s in the oven as we speak (or typ actually)…mmmmm can’t wait to try it!

    Congratulations on bringing the newest addition to your wonderful family into this magical world, enjoy all the precious moments together! Love

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      Yum!! Making a new batch ourselves today actually!

      Reply
  13. Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow
    7 april, 2016

    It’s so great that you’re back and hearing you talk about the wonders of your family life. Congratulations and well done you! xx

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      It’s great to be back, connecting with you! Love /E

      Reply
  14. Kathleen
    8 april, 2016

    Yeah! So excited for you and congratulations! I can’t believe you even posted anything…but thank you so much! I have made this for my commute (I live in LA…).

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    • ElenoreEarth
      11 april, 2016

      Yay what a great idea to bring with you during all those hours in the car! If I’m not mistaken I remember me and Caspian munching on raw granola whilst in LA traffic when we visited!

      Reply
  15. Amelie
    9 april, 2016

    Älskar dig <3

    Reply
  16. Low Carb Recipes
    20 april, 2016

    Wow! Congratulations :) A baby is a whole different life!! Your photos are absolutely beautiful btw

    Reply
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