Have Granola, Will Travel


Good Monday Morning!
This long silence from me isn’t normal, I realize this.

I’m happy to report that I was traveling, with my family last week – Yes, ALL 10 of us went to back to my home-land (Iowa) for 6 days.
“Well, what did you eat?” You ask?

Well, actually, we ate out breakfast every day, and lunch ONE day – and we were GREATLY blessed….  As the hotel was very accommodating to us.  Upon waking, my children had their yogurt with some yummy granola I made (I’ll get to that in a minute…), in the room.  Then we’d head downstairs and the restaurant made our 3 dozen pastured eggs, and 20 sausage links safely – in the cold-pressed organic olive oil we brought – EVERY day. (For FREE!!)  (That’s 216 eggs, and 120 sausages in 6 days if you’re a numbers person…) 

Normally we eat 18 eggs at home, I’m not sure what happens when we travel…

I also brought muffins I had been stock piling in the freezer, so each morning we’d go through a dozen morning-glory muffins at the breakfast table as well as some fruit!

Lunch was sandwiches on our almond bread, with cut up fruit and carrot sticks… easy-peasy.

Dinner was a bit more tricky, but the good Lord blessed us greatly with a sister of mine offering up her kitchen, and space in her refrigerator/freezer for us all week.  While we had 2 min-fridges in our room, there was NO WAY we would fit all of our bread and muffins and keep them fresh for the week without an option like this!  I packed a cutting board, a paring knife and a crock pot – and made simple meals that could cook while we played during the day.  Did I mentioned what a blessing that was?  HUGE.  Not to mention inviting a family of 10 into your space for the week is no small feat.  Grateful and blessed doesn’t begin to touch how we felt.  When something as simple as eating can make or break a trip – it’s pretty big deal to us.

THIS is what kept us well, all week-long.

Not once did we get cross contaminated – which is nothing short of a miracle.

The granola I mentioned making, was one of my last-minute efforts to remedy not having enough granola for our trip…. the night before we left.  (Believe me, it’s ALWAYS something… just one thing.  Always.)  I followed part of my auto immune “granola” idea from my AutoImmune Disease Clean Eating Cookbook, and modified it up in pure Sara-fashion, to fit my family.  Crossing my fingers, I served it to my family on the first day and was shocked at the rave reviews, and pleas for “making more” of this when we returned.  It was deemed the “best” granola ever, and we’ve had quite a few.  (I thought maybe they were just REALLY hungry.)  My husband then suggested we could “seriously market this”… which indicated it would indeed be a good idea to attempt to remember just WHAT I did when I made it…  Uhhhh…

So on the first night home, I did 6 loads of laundry, baked 2 loaves of pumpkin/pecan chocolate chip bread and whipped up a large batch of my new granola.  The kids cheered with delight in the morning when they spotted the newly made batch of granola – so I just knew you’d like a chance to make it as well!


Sara’s Paleo Granola

4 cups of shredded coconut

4 t. GF pure vanilla

1.5 cups of coconut butter/coconut manna

8 tsp. raw honey

1 cup of organic apple sauce, unsweetened.

2 (heaping) Tablespoons of raw cacao

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 cup pecan pieces

2 Tablespoons of cinnamon

**  Additions: 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Mix all dry ingredients in bowl and set to side.  Warm coconut butter on stove until melted, then turn off add in applesauce, and honey and stir into dry ingredients.  Spread mixture out onto parchment paper on baking sheet.  Bake 20 minutes while mixing through baking process (Every 5-7 minutes) so it does not burn.  After cooling – simply put in a bag and scoop out with a measuring cup to serve onto yogurt or ice cream.

Pray for me.  My 20th reunion is next weekend and I’m going to run a 5K with my husband.  If you remember, the last time I ran – last October… it was 27 degrees out and I was having a major flare.  My knees locked up and I struggled to breathe, but I finished in a little over 30 minutes.  A disappointing finish after my first 5K, but I finished.  I know if I could run through that, I can certainly run now.  Right?  Right.
Remember, every day is a day on the marathon towards health – each day trying to make progress.  It’s not a sprint to be Healthy for Him – but it’s important to keep making the effort to move forward and away from those things that don’t build up our immune system!

 “But those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

Posted on August 19, 2013, in Auto Immune Disease, Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Food To Try, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. You sweet lady are terrific & I did miss your blog post while you were gone & — love to hear about you & your family & what an inspiration you are & what an awesome family you have!!!! Glad you are back & glad you had such a good trip & when do you start your school again??? Are you still homeschooling??? I am cheering you on & loving what an example you are & what an awesome Mom you are!!!! Again thanks for sharing with us on your blog– when we all know how busy you are!!!! You are appreciated!!!! 🙂 Always love your recipes!!!! (they are recipes I use–as they have ingredients we use & have on hand– so many recipes are things I don’t cook with!!!!)

  2. Thanks for your comments Sonda! Hope you are well! We started school about 4 weeks ago, knowing we were taking a week off to go to Iowa. The kids enjoy starting early so we can get off earlier in the spring when the weather is mild!! Good to hear from you!

  3. Hello! I just found your blog and I am really excited about it! I’m a mom of 5 (ages 2-11), with #6 due in March, who went Paleo over the summer. I absolutely LOVE it (and the way we feel while eating that way), but I was starting to rethink it because of the cost (money AND time) associated to feeding a large family in a healthy way. I’ve just signed up to follow your blog and I really look forward to exploring what you have already done further! I appreciate your spiritual perspective as well — thanks for providing a clean place to be! 🙂

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