I woke up the first morning to a cool light seeping through the windows. Sure that I had spent the night at a spa, I ran my fingers over my soft hair and smooth skin. They had spent the night soaking up all of the moisture the air had to give. I tip toe through the quiet house to the kitchen window and peer out at the marine layer drifting over the street. Its a thick, salty fog. I switch on the mini coffee maker and listen to it drip as I stare at the morning dew collecting on the leaves. This use to be my every day, and now it felt like a dream. I left most mornings after coffee for a long distance run. Breathing deep, my lungs welcomed the increase of oxygen going from the mountains to the coast. Scott would most likely go surfing or body boarding while I ran to the back bay, meeting up together after for lunch. We hit all of our usual spots during our stay, and fell back into the normal rhythm of life we know so well.
Time was spent seeing friends, eating good food, visiting the farmers market, finally seeing the new Star Wars at our favorite movie theater, drinking all of the good coffee, going on all of our favorite walks, and hanging on the beach. We even got to spend a day at Disney Land, something we’ve really missed. It only took two back to back rides on California Screamin’ in the front row to make me feel like a yeti had sat on my head, but that didn’t stop us from running in a very dizzy, not-so-straight line to Space Mountain to get rocked once more. Oh Disney, you get us every time with your magic! I could write paragraphs on the little things and places we love and enjoy back home in California. If you are ever in the area and looking for ideas, shoot me an email and we can chat. For now lets move onto this jar of sunshine I bottled up for you one sunny morning before we left. I couldn’t bring myself to be there an entire week and not shoot a recipe in the California “glow”. This breakfast tastes like sunshine and makes you feel all sorts of bright inside. Pop down to read more about the recipe and a special maker I’ve fallen for recently – Dona Chai.
Let’s talk about this sunshine breakfast jar. Its sunshine. For breakfast. In a jar. Okay just kidding there is more than that – but those are the important details right? We went for a sunny trip to the farmers market and picked up some tasty oranges (and organic, local blackberries in January – because California is amazing like that). Oranges equal sunshine to me, and I think its the greatest gift that they are in season in the winter. Bringing some sunshine into otherwise gloomy days. Blended with frozen banana they become a creamy, frothy smoothie. And since I’m a whole foods crazy pants, I had a jar of homemade granola I whipped up before our trip on hand (it safely traveled in my checked luggage, wedged between my sweater and running tights). So assembling these breakfast jars was kind of a no-brainer. Lets chat about this granola. Crunchy, sweet, with plenty of clumps and the aroma of chai. Cue a major happy dance because this is the granola of my dreams. Thanks to sweet Amy of Dona Chai for taking an already stellar granola recipe to the next level. Let me tell you why I love Dona Chai. Are you ready to hear a bunch of my favorite hippy-dippy words that get me totally jazzed about food? She and her brother Peter make this delicious chai tea concentrate themselves, grinding the spices for each batch by hand, in small quantities, using locally sourced ingredients, with fresh pressed ginger juice. Throw a few tablespoons in your granola recipe like I do here, mix it with your favorite plant milk to enjoy hot to iced, or incorporate it into your baked goods (did I hear chai pancakes?) – this stuff is the real deal. Another amazing maker introduced into my life by Hatchery. Grateful. Now go make some sunshine today, folks!
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A SUNSHINE BREAKFAST JAR
Makes 2 servings.
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons Dona Chai (optional)
2 frozen bananas
1 fresh naval orange
a few tablespoons of plant milk (optional)
Fresh fruit for serving (I use blackberries here).
Begin by making the granola. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients for the granola and toss to combine. Add the maple and Donna Chai, mix well. Spread the granola in an even layer on the lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Halfway though baking, remove the sheet and carefully flip the granola using a spatula. Return to the oven to finish baking. Once done the granola should be a nice golden brown. Set on the counter to fully cool before serving and storing leftovers in an airtight container in the pantry. (Best enjoyed within one week.)
To assemble the breakfast jars, take two 16 ounce jars and place 1/4 cup granola in each. Set aside. In a blender or food processor, combine the frozen bananas and orange (pealed and broken into pieces) and puree until smooth. If it is too thick, or if you prefer your smoothie creamier, add 2 to 4 tablespoons of your favorite plant milk and blend again. Divide the smoothie between the two jars, top with additional granola and your choice of fresh fruit (I love blackberries here). Enjoy right away and get ready to shine!
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