Month: September 2014

Homemade peanut butter granola

I used to be a real granola fan. But as it’s pretty much impossible to buy loose granola, I gave up my brekkie favourite. Unfortunately I couldn’t stop craving it. That’s probably not suprising – store-bought granola does not only come in plastic packaging, it’s also full of sugar, That explains why I was so hooked on it.

The good news is: There is a much better alternative you can make in less than 5 minutes – homemade granola. That’s granola minus the excess sugar and packaging. Plus you save heaps of money.

Here’s my favourite peanut butter granola recipe – for all those who wanna ditch store-bought granola and eat better!

You need:

160 g of oats

2 TS of flax seed

1 TS of chia seed (optional, can be substituted by another TS of flax seed)

a pinch of vanilla

a pinch of cinnamon

a pinch of salt

50 g of peanut butter

40 g of agave juice or other sweetener

30 g of margarine

Mix the dry ingrendients in a bowl. Heat up the wet ingredients in the microwave or a pot and mix them well. Add them to the dry ingredients and mix again. Then bake everything in the oven for about 15-20 min at 160°C. Let the granola cool down and store it in an air tight container.

And now: Enjoy!

granola

P.S. You can of course use any other nut butter in this recipe, too – for example cashew, hazelnut or almond butter.

 

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These boots were made for walking

Well, they were, but they also happen to make great flower or plant pots. Thanks to my friend Dave who moved to a house without a balcony or backyard I’m now the owner of a bell pepper plant in a old faux leather boot. Thanks! I didn’t even have to put holes in the sole – the boots were screwed up enough already. So save your old shoes and turn your backyards into “organic shoe shops” 🙂

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What to do with leftover bread

Six years ago I spent three months in Ireland and stayed with a lovely family in Limerick for a few weeks. During this time I did not only fall in love with Irish soda bread and tried bread and butter pudding for the first time, I also made “Knödel”, a traditional German dish using leftover bread. “Every country with a bread-making tradition has their own unique way of using up leftover bread”, my host mum Deirdre noticed. I totally agree. But for some reason leftover bread does not seem to be part of our diet anymore.

In most western countries bread is the or at least one of the most thrown-away food (see here for example) – although there is so much you can do with leftover bread – French toast, breadcrumbs, croutons and the above-mentioned bread and butter pudding or German dumplings. I can only guess that one of the reasons people don’t use leftover bread is time. So my following recipe is dedicated to all those who have little of that –  and my wise Irish host mum who knew so much about bread. So that none of us ever has to throw out bread anymore – plus the recipe is of course plastic-free.

Breakfast tomato bread

You need:

a slice of old bread

a medium-sized tomato (or two small tomatos)

a tsp of olive oil

green pesto (optional)

a clove of garlic

salt

pepper

basil

Mix olive oil and pesto (or just use olive oil). Brush the bread with the olive oil mix and rub the bread with garlic. Chop the tomato in small slices and put it on top. Bake in the oven for about 5-10 minutes and add some fresh basil or other herbs – so easy and good!

Colourful tomato bread

By the way, if you are looking for some inspiration: Love Food Hate Waste and Zu gut für die Tonne are great resources.