Orange zest-y granola

We’ve all been there. That dreadful feeling of waking up, swallowing, and realizing you have a sore throat. And with a busy day ahead, you know there’s only so much you can do to thwart the inevitable sluggishness that awaits you… For me, this usually happens with the change of seasons. Take today for instance. After our first day of 60+ temperatures, I woke up with these exact symptoms!

I’m blaming it on the quick transition from winter to spring, but let’s be honest, my sore throat most likely comes as a result of my 23rd birthday celebration this weekend… What a fun time with friends and fam! One of the biggest highlights was dining at Vedge Restaurant (Philadelphia) not once, but twice!! I’m one lucky vegetable lover… Thanks to all for the good company and great fun 🙂

Fast forward to today. Here I am, sipping on some homemade ginger and turmeric root tea, pondering creative ways to get some more Vitamin C into my system. And just like that, today’s recipe was born– Orange Zest-y Granola. Jam packed with citrus and bursting at the seams with yummy, crunchy, flavor! Vegan and gluten-free too. Hope you’ll all give it a try.

Orange Zest-y Granola
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Ingredients:
2 cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats (if you are not concerned with gluten-free, substitute regular rolled oats)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
Zest of 1 medium orange (to get this, just grate the outside of your orange)
Juice of 1 medium orange (should be about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (or however many you want)
Pinch of sea salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine dry ingredients (rolled oats, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, and orange zest) on a baking sheet. In a separate bowl, mix the orange juice, coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup. Pour this wet mix over the dry ingredients and shuffle everything around with your hands until it’s all covered and evenly spaced on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Be sure to flip everything over about 10 minutes into baking. Remove from oven and let cool before adding the chocolate chunks. Add a pinch of sea salt to the final mixture to bring out all the flavors.

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Enjoy! P.s.- your house will smell heavenly while this is baking…

Peace,

Lizzie

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