Love in a Bag

I bounded out of bed this morning with love on the mind…

The LOVEly folks from Love Grown Foods sent me some granola to sample and so far I’m loving it!

Besides the cute name, I am also a big fan of the whole food ingredients in all of  Love Grown Foods products-they are nutritarians too!

For breakfast I opened the Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola.  Crunchy clusters, ample nuts, and just the right sweetness.  These oats are neither oily nor candy-sweet, two qualities that often keep me away from granola.  It tastes like delicious, nutritious REAL food, which is obviously right up my ally!

I made a piece of french toast with Matt + Kath‘s Great Harvest Cinnamon Walnut Raisin bread, topped it with plain Greek yogurt, organic blueberries, and half a serving of granola.   Damn good.

I LOVE (last one, promise ;)) that this granola uses honey and agave instead of refined sugar!

Breakfast powered me up and off I went on a mini duathlon.  I didn’t feel like running around my neighborhood, what I was really craving was a trail run but Tate had the car.  So I biked to the trail!  I biked-ran-biked for a total of 5 miles biking and 4 running.  It was a really fun way to start the day and get an hour of cardio!

If you were hoping to find the spiced salad dressing recipe in this post, sorry!  I can’t give you a recipe ONLY because the key ingredient is a homemade spiced peach-plum butter that I made last fall.   Here’s the basic idea and if you want to play around it apple butter or something, let me know how it goes.  I love that the fruit butter thickens and sweetens the dressing without a lot of oil or refined sweetener.

Makes about a half a pint.

In a small jar put equal amounts (2-3 tablespoons)

  • low sugar jam (I used Trader Joe’s Strawberry)
  • red wine vinegar
  • high quality extra virgin olive oil
Use a small whisk or fork to mix.
Add 1/4-1/3 cup spiced fruit butter and lavender salt (or salt and crushed lavender).  Put a lid on the jar and shake until it’s all mixed up.  Taste and adjust to your taste preference.
Seriously-let me know if you try this dressing with another fruit butter!