How to Make Granola

How to Mak Homemade GranolaI can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make homemade granola! It’s so easy and tastes pretty awesome too. Homemade granola can be customized with all kinds of mix-ins, everything from dried fruit to chocolate chips to roasted nuts.
Granola is great for a grab and go snack – or – for a special treat, I like to mix it into some plain yogurt and add some fresh fruit. Yum!
If I would have known how EASY it was to make granola, I would have been doing it way before now.Homemade Granola Recipe

How to make granola

Gather your ingredients:
1) Grains- I used a mixture of old fashioned rolled oats and puffed rice.
2) Pre-Bake Mix-ins – I used some chopped almonds and shredded coconut.
3) Oil & Sugar- I used coconut oil and honey
4) Post-Bake Mix-ins- I used dried cranberries and roasted pistachios
Once you have your granola ingredients just mix them together and bake.
Homemade Granola
Homemade granola makes a great snack or a nice crunchy topping for yogurt or ice cream!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted
  2. 2 Tablespoons Honey (increase the honey if you like things on the sweeter side)
  3. 1 Cup Puffed Rice Cereal
  4. 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  5. 1/2 Cup Almonds, chopped
  6. 1/2 Shredded Sweetened Coconut
Instructions
  1. -In a small bowl, melt the coconut oil and stir in the honey.
  2. -In another bowl mix together the oats, puffed rice, almonds and shredded coconut.
  3. -Pour the coconut oil and honey over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well coated.
  4. -Spread out the granola on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. -Bake at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. (The Granola will turn brown and toasty.)
  6. -Be sure to keep an eye out as it can burn easily.
  7. -Allow to cool a little before stirring in your post bake mix-ins.
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How to Make Homemade Granola

Homemade Chocolate

Homemade Chocolate - Sprightliest.comIt’s early morning when my eyes finally pop open. Immediately they shut again. The sun is already up and filtering light through the blinds. The birds are chirping their favorite songs. Time to rise and shine.
My first thought is coffee. I need coffee.
I reluctantly pull myself out of bed and throw on some clothes. I let the little monster (Finley) out of his cage.
As I walk into the kitchen and turn the coffee maker on it flashes blue and notifies me that I need to add water. So I add water to the reservoir and wait for the machine to do its thing.
I look down and see the little monster sitting there looking up at me. He is patiently awaiting his breakfast. “Ok, ok I’ll feed you your breakfast,” I say to him. He gives me a sideways glance and his ears perk up at the word breakfast. I fill his bowl with food and he’s content for now, chomping away.
Coffee in hand, I turn on my computer and check my email. The majority of it is junk. Then I jump on over to Pinterest and happen to come across this gem – Homemade Chocolate Bars using coconut oil. Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? I’ve used it in everything from cooking and baking to moisturizing my skin, now I discover I can make chocolate bars with it!? Hallelujah!
Almost immediately, I get to work in the kitchen, measuring out the coconut oil
and melting it in the microwave. Then stirring in some honey. Next comes the cocoa powder and I add some pure vanilla extract for good measure. As I stir it all up it becomes silky smooth like a glassy chocolate lake. I pour the mixture into a flat container and place it in the freezer.
When I check back a few hours later, it has firmed up into a solid piece of dreamy chocolate. I break off a tiny piece and pop it in my mouth. As it slowly melts away, I savor the taste of the slight coconut and rich chocolate flavor. It’s a winner in my book, folks! This is going to be a sweet day!

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Homemade Chocolate
Homemade chocolate bars using coconut oil.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  2. (measured solid)
  3. 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
  4. 1 Tablespoon of Honey
  5. 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil in the microwave.
  2. Stir in the honey.
  3. Add in the cocoa powder and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Pour into a flat container or ziploc bags and freeze until firm.
  5. Slice into squares or break off pieces as you please.
Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
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Homemade Body Butter

I’ve been using coconut oil as a body moisturizer for awhile now. I would grab some straight from the jar and let it melt a little before spreading it onto my skin. It smells good and feels great but it would leave my skin greasy until it was fully absorbed, hours later.
I recently discovered that you can whip solid coconut oil into a rich and luxurious homemade body butter. Since coconut oil in body butter form spreads much easier, I find that I use less which leaves my skin soft and moisturized without feeling so greasy.

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Whipped coconut oil can be used on its own or you can add your favorite essential oils to the mix for the added aroma and benefits.
For my first batch of homemade body butter, I added grapefruit essential oil. Grapefruit oils’ many benefits include: an invigorating scent that can aid in uplifting the mood, having increased energy, dissolving headaches and boosting the immune system. It’s also known to help with water retention and cellulite.

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*Use caution if you use the body butter on your feet or in the shower/tub as it is oil-based and can make surfaces slippery.
Where can you buy coconut oil?
Coconut oil can be purchased online or at your local health food store and some grocery stores also carry organic coconut oil.
Personally, I use Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. It’s unrefined, non-hydrogenated, cold-pressed coconut oil. Nutiva Coconut Oil is also gluten-free, Non-GMO Project verified, USDA Organic and Fair Trade certified.
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Coconut Oil: Not just for the skin!

Coconut oil not only makes an awesome homemade body butter but it’s also great to use for cooking and baking. I’ve used it in place of butter in some of my recipes (Butternut Squash Muffins, Chocolate Lava Cakes) and have had great results. I actually prefer the slight coconut taste, especially when paired with chocolate!
Homemade Body Butter
A rich and luxurious homemade body butter. This DIY body butter is made with whipped coconut oil and grapefruit oil.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (measured in solid form)
  2. 25 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add coconut and essential oils to a mixer.
  2. Whip together until the oil holds peaks, about 5 minutes.
  3. Store in a covered container.
Notes
  1. *Only solid coconut oil will whip.
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Cleansing with Oil – The Oil Cleansing Method

Oils for Skin - Oil Cleansing Method

A few weeks ago I came across an interesting article that uses oil to clean your face. I had previously been using Cetaphil face wash and Coconut Oil as a moisturizer. Even though Cetaphil is a “gentle” cleanser my face still felt dry and tight after using the face wash and I was getting pretty bad cystic acne. The theory behind the oil cleansing method is based in chemistry’s principle that like dissolves like. By cleansing your face with natural oils it helps to restore balance to your body’s natural oil production and can lead to healthier looking skin.
Whether this theory holds true or not is up for debate but I decided to give it a try. After using this method for a few weeks now I’m happy to say I have seen an improvement in my skin. I haven’t used it every night so I would like to give it more time to see if there is even more improvement. I did have a few blemishes pop up this week but they seem to last for a much shorter time and haven’t been as bad as they previously have been. Apparently there may be an adjustment period where the skin gets worse before it gets better as it it getting rid of all the gunk and build-up.
There are different oils you can choose from but the two I currently am using are Castor Oil and Jojoba Oil.
Beneficial Botanicals has a list of different oils and their comedogenic rank. I really love the smell of the Coconut Oil but with a comedogenic rank of 4, I realize it’s not the best choice for my face. I do still use Coconut Oil on the rest of my body for a luxurious moisturizer. I have really sensitive and dry skin so I chose the Jojoba Oil which ranks a 2 and is supposed to be good for sensitive skin. Once I use up the Jojoba Oil I want to try Shea Oil which is a 0.
Castor Oil - Oil Cleansing MethodSo far, the Castor Oil mixed with the Jojoba Oil seem to be doing well for my skin. Even my husband commented that my face was clearing up, so I know it’s working!
The oil cleansing method involves mixing a base oil such as Castor Oil with another carrier oil like Jojoba and then massaging it into the skin and applying a hot washcloth to steam your face and help open up the pores.
The types and amounts of oil you use will vary based on your skin type and you will have to experiment to see what works best for your skin but here is a general guideline:
Dry Skin: 10% or less of Base Oil to 90% Carrier Oil
Combination Skin: 20% Base Oil to 80% Carrier Oil
Oily Skin: 30% Base Oil to 70% Carrier Oil
The Oil Cleaning Method
Step 1 – Pour desired amounts of Castor Oil and Jojoba Oil into the palm of your hand and mix together.
Step 2 – Apply the oil mixture to your face with your fingertips and massage gently into skin using circular motions.
Step 3 – Place a washcloth under hot water and wring out. Apply the hot cloth to the face and allow it to steam face until it cools. Repeat 3-4 times and then rinse and wring the washcloth and gently wipe any remaining oil.
*If your face still feels dry you can apply a little more Jojoba Oil to moisturize.
*I use a clean washcloth every time to prevent spreading any bacteria.
In a few more weeks I will do a follow up post to see if there are any more changes/improvements to my skin!
What method do you use to clean your face? Have you tried the OCM?
More Information on the Oil Cleansing Method:
Crunchy Betty – The Nitty Gritty on the Oil Cleansing Method

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