By nature, I am a visual person. I gravitate toward sight, sounds, and ambiance. This also applies to food! When you bring playfulness into the equation it makes activities livelier, at least in my opinion!
I remember seeing variations on little forest animal toasts. I couldn’t help but swoon over the interpretations of creatures + fauna on edibles (be it lattes, cookies, etc) I think it’s an inventive way for encouraging creativity in the kitchen no matter your age. After all I did top mine with colorful flower crowns because it seemed proper to add an enchanting element.
Simple Kneads is a gluten free bakery where the precious artisanal loaves are baked in small batches at their dedicated gluten free facility in North Carolina. Simple Kneads was created by Tristaun LeClaire whose son developed an allergic reaction to gluten, thus driving him to craft a delicious bread that could also be enjoyed by all. This touched my heart for a similar reason: when I found out I could no longer consume wheat or gluten, you do notice how many edibles are cut out and you truly do miss it, both the taste and the experience.
Why am I calling these overnight oats Flower-Child? Because they contain a combination of flowers that make this a lightly sweet overnight oatmeal with bursting with fruit-based prebiotics & probiotics! I am a huge fan of overnight oats because they are quick & easy to assemble + are excellent for whatever your mood is into that day when it comes to flavor + toppings.
Lets talk probiotics. Probiotics are living microorganisms/bacteria. Prebiotics are non digestible carbohydrates that are food for probiotics. We carry around 100 trillion microbial cells in our body. Probiotics are noted for aiding digestive health + supporting the immune system because of its friendly, beneficial bacteria (some more on that here)
Ora Organic’s Trust Your Gut Organic Probiotic & Prebiotic Powder contains 20 billion probiotics per serving and scoop provides 20% of your daily fiber needs. It’s freeze dried so it can be stored in a dark space and the powder makes it versatile for using it in recipes! The best part is that Trust Your Gut is all plant sourced: probiotics from tapioca, jerusalem artichokes, & its fruity taste comes from organic apples & raspberries. The powder is completely vegan, allergen friendly, gluten free, & organic (duh).
Heather Crosby / Yumuniverse’s new book Pantry to Plate is full of plentiful plant forward recipes and she provides a unique layout in her cookbook. If you fall under the category of “what should I make?” or “how do I make this?” then Pantry to Plate is the book for you. It provides templates for basic recipes like cereals, sushi (yes, sushi), and this hearty citrus + berry granola. Full of gluten free grains + seeds + tea, it’s definitely worth it to make it yourself and add whatever your heart desires
This is the first time I have made granola! I’ve never had much of a fancy for granola (which was typically store-brought) so when I decided to go the homemade route my curiosity was piqued. Oh my goodness does it pay off and the best part is that granola is so quick and simple to make. The longest part is the baking portion. The best part is nibbling it by the handful. Homemade granola + tea has my heart. In my humble opinion (when it comes to granola) nothing can best the fresh flavor and texture from preparing it yourself and savoring it moments after..
When I saw that this recipe uses tea, I wanted to make it even more. Tea can add so much flavor and versatility in the kitchen. I also had a lone orange nestled in the fruit bowl that was promptly zested and elevates the citrus fragrance in this granola. It adds such beautiful color and vibrancy to the granola + easily swappable with whats in your pantry!
I veganize this recipe by swapping out honey and using Grade B Maple syrup. I had bulk dried cranberries + cherries in my own pantry that I used in place of freeze dried strawberries. In place of olive oil I used coconut oil. The final swap was buckwheat for sunflower seeds!