Honey Pickles

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I have been told that eating more fermented foods is a must for your gut health and pickles are a perfect solution for me. I have been trying to find the perfect pickle and cannot seem to find the right one. All pickles that I have looked at are made with sugar, from what I understand, sugar is not good for the gut. So what I have been finding; it is a lot cheaper to make them myself, taste better, and are easy to make!! I have also found that I can make pickle spears and chips for different occasions. You can also add different ingredients to change the flavors; I actually found making pickles to be a lot of fun! I have found that warming up the vinegar helps the honey dissolve and infuses the pickles better. I have not played with keeping the cucumber whole yet, so I may update this if it turns out well. I hope you enjoy honey pickles as much as we do!

Ingredients:

5 mini cucumbers

3/4 cup vinegar

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp. Dill

2 tsp. Celery Salt

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cut the mini cucumbers into spears or circles and put them into a wide mouth quart jar. Put the vinegar and apple cider vinegar into a small pot and bring it to a boil. Let the vinegar boil for a minute and turn off the heat. Add the 3/4 cup of honey and stir until it is completely dissolved. Add the dill, celery salt, a pinch of salt, and pepper. Put them in the fridge and let the pickles sit for at least a day; the longer they sit the more flavor they have. ENJOY!!

Tips:

  • For a less sweet pickle reduce the honey to 1/2 cup and take out the apple cider vinegar and do 1 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • For more savory pickles add a 1 tsp of onion salt and 2 tsp. of chopped garlic
  • Try different honeys to change up the flavors of the pickles
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Honey Coconut Granola

Granola

It is that time of year to get out and about; hiking, biking, and picnics galore! I really love being able to take something with me that is sweet and gives me energy. This is a treat that can be made in advance and can be used for any time! It is also great for sharing with friends and family; I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Ingredients:

2 cups quick rolled oats

1/3 cup whole flax seed; grind this fresh with a coffee grinder

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¾ cup cashews

2 Tbsp. of cocoa powder

½ cup of peanut butter

5 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil

½ cup Honeyville cinnamon whipped honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Heat the stove to 300 degrees F. Place the oats, flax seed, coconut, and cashews. Place the cocoa powder, peanut butter and coconut oil in a small sauce pan and put on the stove to warm it up; set the stove at warm. Once this is warm and thoroughly mixed, turn off the stove, and pour in the honey and the vanilla extract. Thoroughly mix again and pour over the dry ingredients. Use a spoon and mix it together until everything is combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the granola on top. Press the granola down to make a nice even layer bake for 25 min. Once it is done, let cool for an hour before putting in a container.

Tips:

  • Try using Honeyville’s Salted Bourbon Vanilla for a more savory granola
  • Use crunchy peanut butter for more protein
  • Use pecans instead of cashews for more fiber