What I Made: Iron Building Juice and Blueberry Granola

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As much as I love the grain beet salad featured below, I needed to shake up my beet share this week.

Not only does this juice look beautiful, it tastes delicious and feels healthy all at the same time.

Iron Building Juice

Ingredients:

  • 3 – 4 beets, sliced and divided
  • 3 – 4 carrots, sliced and divided
  • 1 bunch of beet greens (or chard, kale, dandelion greens, etc., if you don’t have beet greens), washed and divided
  • 1 apple, cored, sliced and divided

Preparation:

  1. Add 1/4 of the beets to the juicer, followed by a carrot, 1/4 of the greens, and 1/4 of the apple.
  2. Repeat 3 more times.
  3. Drink.

We got a ton of blueberries this week; I was very, very tempted to make a pie or something I would definitely regret. Instead, I made this delicious granola!!

Blueberry Vanilla Granola

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Ingredients:

  • 1 quart blueberries
  • 2 cups of sunflower seeds, soaked 8 – 12 hours and drained
  • 3 cups of pecans, soaked 8 – 12 hours and drained
  • 6 cups almonds, soaked 8 – 12 hours and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups maple syrup or agave
  • 1/2 cup of date paste (I made mine by blending 10 dates with 1 cup water)
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbls. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbls. lime juice and zest

Preparation:

  • Place blueberries and sunflower seeds in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Process pecans and almonds in a food processor until chunky — DO NOT OVER PROCESS!! Add to bowl with strawberries and sunflower seeds.
  • Process all remaining ingredients in food processor until chunky; again, do not over process. Add to bowl, and mix everything thoroughly.
  • Crumble evenly in dehydrator screens and dehydrate at 105 – 110 degrees for 48 hours.

This tastes best with almond milk. And it is SO YUMMY.

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