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Date Nut Granola Bars & Crumble (Raw/Grain Free)

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Everytime I make a batch of granola I feel at home.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

There’s something about the homemade version you can’t find in a package.

Love? Maybe.

Soul? Maybe.

Blood, sweat and tears? Hopefully not.

Whatever it is, it’s just so darn good.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

This particular batch of granola isn’t my normal approach, either. No, this one’s a bit different. Sticky. Soft and crumbly. Sweetened only with dates. Oh, it’s raw and grain free, too.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Normally, I make a crunchy, dry roasted granola with chopped nuts, whole seeds, oats and honey (like this one and this one). Closer to the standard granola we’re all used to.

Obviously, there are pros and cons to each. The dry roasted version will store at room temperature in an airtight container for quite some time, while this one’s best stored in the fridge or freezer. The crunchy version is, well, crunchy, and this one’s got more of a crumbly, soft texture.  The roasted version also requires some baking and stirring time, while this version only needs to rest in the fridge or freezer for a little bit to set.

Now I know I said this recipe makes bars and a crumble type version of granola, but I must warn you, the bars are best stored in the freezer and eaten promptly after you take them out of the freezer. That’s because as they warm, they’ll crumble pretty easily. That being said, these might not be your best bet as a granola bar on the go, but you could most definitely crumble it up into a to-go container and pack a spoon.

It really doesn’t matter how you eat it, it’s delicious, so just eat it however you want to. Deal?

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

DATE NUT GRANOLA BARS & CRUMBLE

Ingredients
3 cups nuts (I used 1 cup each of pecans, almonds, walnuts)
1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1 1/2 cups seeds (I used 1/2 cup each sesame, ground flax, chia) 

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Pulse nuts and coconut in a food processor (fits nicely in my 11-cup food processor) just until mixed a bit, then add the dates and let it run until the mixture is crumbly and just starts to come together, about 30 seconds. Next, add the seeds and vanilla extract, and pulse until combined, about 15-30 seconds.

If you want the whole batch more of a crumble, you’re pretty much done at this point. Simply transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge. For bars, firmly press into a lined baking sheet or dish and freeze until ready to serve. Serve the bars promptly after taking them out of the freezer.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave a comment below letting me you how you like to eat granola.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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Recipe: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free)

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Remember these bad boys I made recently? Remember how I told you to experiment with yummy flavors? Well I did. And not that I made anything unique, but I did hit the yummy factor. This classic combo of lemon and poppyseeds comes together perfectly.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

While photographing, I’m pretty sure I ate at least three, and I also ate quite a few AS SOON AS they came out of the oven. I’ve definitely eaten more than I can count since I made them 30 minutes ago. But hey, they’re mini, don’t judge me. I dare you to make them right now and not eat at least 5 hot out of the oven. Switch that. Double dog dare.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS (Gluten/Grain Free)

Makes 12 muffins or 44 mini muffins

Ingredients
3/4 cup coconut flour*
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 eggs
1 cup coconut milk (full fat, not light)*
1/2 cup  coconut oil,  melted (plus more for greasing the pan)*
1/2 cup raw honey
5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
zest from 2 medium lemons
2 tbsp poppyseeds

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F and bring all ingredients as close to room temperature as possible.

In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until well combined. Fold in poppyseeds.

Spoon batter into greased muffin or mini muffin pans until full. Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes or 18-20 for mini muffins.  Allow to cool before stuffing your face.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. If there are any left to store.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Recipe: Nut & Seed Granola

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

I love me some granola.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

This batch is a powerhouse of flavor and nutrition with lots of nuts and seeds, coconut and coconut butter, tahini and sweetened only with honey. On top of that, it’s very easy to make, so you have no excuses not to be in the kitchen, right now, baking up a batch of pure delight. Except that you’re reading this right now.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

So I’m not gonna hold you captive here any more with lots of fluff. Let’s get to it.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

NUT & SEED GRANOLA

Makes approx. 7 cups (fits nicely on one standard size rimmed baking sheet)

Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups flaked coconut, raw and unsweetened
2 cups mixed nuts (pecans, cashews, almonds, etc.)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed, ground
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup tahini
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

3 tbsp vanilla, almond or coconut extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 300F. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk wet ingredients until combined well.  Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until all dry ingredients are coated evenly.

Spread granola mixture onto a lined baking sheet (parchment or Silpat mat) into an even layer, avoiding direct contact with the sides of the pan.  Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and toss, then return to oven to bake for another 20 minutes. Remove, toss and repeat process twice more, for a total baking time of 80 minutes, or until granola turns golden and toasted. Remove granola from oven and allow to cool completely as granola will harden as it cools. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.

Nut and Seed Granola | Tiffany Lane

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Recipe: Coconut Flour Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free)

Coconut Flour Muffins | Tiffany Lane

Back to the kitchen I go. Always crafting up (sometimes weird) creations and every once in a while coming out with something good enough to share!

As you know, I’ve been eating grain and dairy free for a little while now so I stocked up on coconut flour. Over the weekend I had a craving for something muffin-like, found a few recipes and in true Tiffany fashion, I crafted my own recipe.

These muffins are awesome! Seriously.  And hubby approved. They give a slight ode in texture to cornmeal, but are a bit fluffier and more moist.  The recipe below is for basic, vanilla muffins. Please get creative and create your own yummy combinations. I’m thinking banana peanut butter, strawberry, lemon poppyseed. The sky’s the limit!

Coconut Flour Muffins | Tiffany Lane

COCONUT FLOUR MUFFINS

Makes 12 muffins or 44 mini muffins

Ingredients
3/4 cup coconut flour*
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 eggs
1 cup coconut milk (full fat, not light)*
1/2 cup  coconut oil,  melted (plus more for greasing the pan)*
1/2 cup raw honey
1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F and bring all ingredients as close to room temperature as possible.

In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until well combined.

Spoon batter into greased muffin or mini muffin pans until full. Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes or 15-18 for mini muffins.  Allow to cool before stuffing your face.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Coconut Flour Muffins | Tiffany Lane

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Recipe: Wheat Free Fig Bars

Wheat Free Fig Bars | Tiffany Lane Handmade

You’ve been waiting and now they’re here. Wheat Free Fig Bars!

Remember when I made these? And remember how awesome they were? Well I recently started reducing my wheat intake (as well as my dairy and corn intake) per my naturpathic doctor’s advice and decided to recreate my favorite fig bars, but wheat free.

Like most of my baked goods, these have just a touch of sweetness from the honey, so they’re wholesome enough for breakfast, yet decadent enough for dessert.

Wheat Free Fig Bars | Tiffany Lane Handmade

WHEAT FREE FIG BARS

Makes 1 8×8 Dish

Filling Ingredients

1 recipe fig jam (or about 1 1/2 cups thick fruit jam of choice)

Dough Ingredients
1 cup gluten free flour (coconut or brown rice work well)
1 cup coconut, finely shredded for baking
1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat) or other non-dairy substitute

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation
Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients until well combined and it forms a slightly sticky dough.  Divide dough in half and spread one half evenly into your greased baking dish, reserving the other half for the crust.  Spread filling on top into an even layer.  Take the remaining dough and gently spread on top of the filing towards the edges of the dish until it forms an even layer as the crust.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until crust is golden and puffed, then remove from the oven to cool on a wire rack. Once completely cool, cut bars as desired and store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for 3-5 days or freeze for up to one month.  Storage tip: storing bars like these in the refrigerator may make the dough wet from condensation, which is why I prefer to store mine at room temperature.

Wheat Free Fig Bars | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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Recipe: Roasted Eggplant with Pesto, Parsley and Lemon

Roasted Eggplant with Pesto, Parsley and Lemon | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Roasted Eggplant with Pesto, Parsley and Lemon | Tiffany Lane HandmadeWhen the hubs is out I tend to make yummy veggie dishes for dinner. Since he’s a carnivore and all, he wouldn’t appreciate this as much as I do. But don’t get me wrong, anyone who likes eggplant will love this!

One of my favorite things about this recipe is the fact that I threw it together with my on-their-last-leg eggplants, homemade pesto from the weekend and leftover parsley from the pesto. Those tend to be my favorites.  The ones just thrown together out of necessity rather than the long thought out/thoroughly planned dinners. Something about the spontaneous creativity makes them taste better.

The other thing I LOVE about it?  It’s so quick and easy!  Just a few ingredients and a few minutes for cooking.

While I ate mine warm, hot off the stove, I would venture to guess this would be just as delicious cooled. I’m thinking on a hot summer afternoon served with lemon/cucumber water and watermelon/basil skewers.  Yum!

If you’ll notice, I don’t have much for measurements (besides for the pesto recipe that follows) because there really are no measurements.  It’s all to taste, so just go for it.

ROASTED EGGPLANT WITH PESTO, PARSLEY AND LEMON

Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients
eggplant
olive oil
salt/pepper
parsley almond pesto (recipe below or use any other type)
fresh parsley, chopped

lemon juice

Parsley Almond Pesto Ingredients (adapted from Gourmette NYC)
1 cup almonds
4 clove garlic
6 cups parsley
1 1/4 cups olive oil
1 medium lemon, zested and juiced

salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation

Slice your eggplant into rounds then roast or grill to desired done-ness.  I like mine al dente, if you will.  Barely cooked through in the center, soft with crunchy edges on the top and bottom from roasting.

Top with pesto, parsley and fresh lemon juice.

Parsley Almond Pesto Preparation

In a food processor, pulse the almonds, garlic and parsley until chopped.  With the machine running, slowly add in olive oil in a steady stream until incorporated and to desired consistency. Then add lemon juice and zest, followed by salt and pepper to taste.

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Recipe: Maple Nut Granola

I love granola.

maple nut granola 1 - tiffany lane

That may actually be an understatement, but we’ll go with it.

For the past year or so, I’ve committed to making my own granola, and boy is it even tastier than the boxed stuff! But the one thing I’d really been meaning to do is create my own recipe. Something I could call my own.

maple nut granola 2 - tiffany lane

Of course I’ve gathered bits and pieces from recipes all over the web, specifically some of my favorites: Naturally Ella, 100 Days of Real FoodHow Sweet It Is, Eat Life Whole, Fox in the Pine. This, you could say, is a compilation of all my favorite recipes, with my most loved ingredients, in the proportions my taste buds go crazy about!

Something else I love about this recipe? It makes a lot of granola, which is great for me since I’m basically an addict and it leaves enough left over to give as heart felt, homemade gifts, without putting too much of a dent in my own stash.  Yes, I’m selfish when it comes to granola.  But it’s just that good.  Get ready to indulge.

maple nut granola 3 - tiffany lane

And in case you’re worried about getting bored with this granola (not quite sure how that could happen in the first place), here are some ideas for enjoying it: as breakfast (or a snack, or dessert) with whole milk and bananas; over plain whole milk yogurt (sweetened yourself with honey, maple syrup or homemade jam) and topped with fresh fruit; over ice cream or frozen yogurt; by itself right out of the jar; crunchy topping for chocolate covered bananas (or other fruit); a topping for mashed banana mixed with nut butter (great fresh or frozen).  Gosh, the list could just go on.  How are you planning on enjoying it?

MAPLE NUT GRANOLA

Makes Approx. 6 Cups (fits nicely on a standard size rimmed baking sheet)

Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup almond meal
1 cup flaked coconut, raw and unsweetened
1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/2 cup cashews, chopped (raw or roasted)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (raw or roasted)
1/3 cup flaxseed, ground
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla

Preparation
Preheat oven to 275F.

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk maple syrup, melted coconut oil and vanilla until combined well. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until all dry ingredients are coated evenly.

Spread onto a lined baking sheet (parchment or Silpat mat) and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and toss, then return to oven to bake for another 20 minutes. Remove, toss and repeat process twice more, for a total baking time of 80 minutes, or until granola turns golden and toasted.

Remove granola from oven, toss and allow to cool. Granola will harden as it cools. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.

Doesn’t it make a lovely gift?

maple nut granola gift - tiffany lane

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