How To Eat Well When You Travel a Lot + Coconut Vanilla Oil Free Granola (Whole Food Plant Based Commercial Airline Pilot)

July 12, 2016 / Molly Patrick /

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There’s a wheelchair sitting in my yard.

It’s stored in a protected area where rain can’t get to it, along with other random stuff belonging to our landlord; buckets, pipes, scrap wood, old hoses – a stash that I consider boring, but one that a handy person might be hot and bothered by.

From my desk (which is coincidentally also our dining room table), I’ve had a perfect view of the wheelchair since we moved into this house a little over a month ago.

At first, it bothered me because wheelchairs are associated with old age. And old age leads to death. And the fact that this party comes to an end is something that I can’t comprehend. So every time I looked up from my desk, I was slapped in the face with a wave of death panic.

It was obvious that my next move was to wheel the wheelchair to the side of my house where it was out of view. So that was the plan. But my plan was continuously foiled, because every time I walked up to the wheelchair and gripped my hands around the rubber handles, something stopped me.

It felt wrong.

  • It felt like I was laying a brand new rug over a steaming pile of dog shit.
  • It felt like I was reaching for a bottle of booze after bad news.
  • It felt like I was hanging a tapestry over a dirty cupboard.

Temporary solutions are tempting, but dealing with the core issue is a better idea (something that our medical system can learn from). Fuck tempting. I needed to scoop up the poop, process the bad news, and clean the fucking cupboard, not wuss out with temporary, patchwork fixes.

So the wheelchair stayed.

And although there’s no getting to the core issue of death, I came to the conclusion that it’s time I open myself up and at least extend an invitation to the acceptance of death. And looking at the wheelchair in my yard every day is helping me to do that.

Now instead of death panic when I look at it, it’s more of a quiet sadness. I’ll take quiet sadness over death panic. And eventually I’ll be able to move the wheelchair without feeling like I’m avoiding something that I know in my heart that I must face.

Here’s the thing.

The stuff that scares us and makes us uncomfortable is the stuff that we need to stare in the face and run towards, not away from.

That’s the stuff that we need to pour light and love on, not cover up and pretend isn’t there.

Because when we face the hard stuff, the stuff that scares us, the stuff that isn’t easy, the stuff that we keep putting off and tucking away for later – when we face that stuff, it no longer has power over us.

And when we take back our power, we un-cuff ourselves from the self inflicted chains that keep us from being truly free and happy. And this party comes to an end, so don’t waste another day – take back your power and free yourself.

If you need to take your power back with food and reexamine how, what and why you eat, I encourage you to look at your diet head on.

Don’t look away. Don’t run. Be honest. Be open. And instead of making excuses as to why you can’t, declare to the universe with your strongest, most steady voice, why you can.

And then watch this video below. Because if Terra McGraw can make eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet work, then trust me, so can you. This will be especially useful if you travel a lot, like she does.

Did I tell you!? You got this – and I’m right here with you.

To sign up for our weekly Plant Fueled Meal Plans, bounce over here and then come back to the tastiest Whole Food Plant Based granola out there. Eat it as cereal or add it to salads and / or soups for a crunchy topping.

Coconut Vanilla Oil Free Granola

Author: Molly Patrick of Clean Food Dirty Girl

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole grain flakes look for these in the bulk section of your health food store. Any variety will work. I use a mix of rye, barley, wheat and oat / 215g
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts 95g
  • 1 cup large coconut flakes 50g

Liquid Mixture

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk 120ml
  • 2 tablespoons tahini 30g
  • 8 dates pit taken out and simmered in water for 10 minutes. Discard the water when finished simmering.
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • Place the whole grain flakes, walnuts, and coconut into a large mixing bowl and stir until the ingredients are combined.
  • Place the liquid mixture ingredients (non-dairy milk, tahini, simmered dates, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt) into a blender and blend until totally smooth,about two minutes.
  • Pour the tahini mixture into the mixing bowl and combine, making sure the granola is well coated with the tahini mixture.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly distribute the granola on the sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, flip the granola over and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Take the granola out of the oven and allow it to cool completely. When it's cool, transfer into a container and store in the fridge. Letting it cool and then storing it in the fridge will help make it crunchy.

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Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with facing the shit that makes you uncomfortable, and figuring out how you can instead of telling yourself why you can’t. Even if that means looking at a wheelchair every day or batch cooking in three different cities each week.

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13 Comments

  1. Jane Millar on July 12, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Hurray!! Thanks, you two, for making this granola recipe available to me!!!

    • Molly Patrick on July 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      You are most welcome!

  2. Julia on July 15, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I thought I came for the granola… left with so much more. Well done. Thank you.

    • Molly Patrick on July 15, 2016 at 6:36 am

      You are most welcome, my dear.
      xo
      Molly

  3. Kath on August 23, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Are the whole grain flakes cereal?

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on August 23, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Hi Kath!

      Yep, whole grain flakes are suitable for cereal as they are thin from being rolled. You can find them in a store with an adequate bulk food section – it’s up to you which grains you’d like to use so if your local store doesn’t carry rye flakes, for instance, you could increase the ratio of another type of flake. If you see them packaged and labeled as cereal, check to be sure they are plain and don’t have added sweetener or other ingredients.

      Karen
      Team Dirty Girl

      • Kathi on January 14, 2018 at 5:15 am

        Can I just use oatmeal?

  4. Deanne Kissinger on October 13, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Following on from Kathy’s question above – can you just use plain rolled oats? Is that the same as flakes?

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on October 13, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Hi Deanne, Yes! Plain rolled oats would work great here. Some packages call them oat flakes and others rolled oats or quick cooking oats. There may be differences in the size of the rolled oat vs flake but they’re all chewable as is. Stay away from steel cut oats because they would be super tough to chew in this type of recipe as they need more time soaking in liquid than this recipe would provide. ~Karen

  5. Janice on May 30, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    How many servings does this recipe make?

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on May 30, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Janice, The recipes makes 4 cups of granola. It will depend on how much you use at a time. If you use 1/2 cup for cereal, that would be 8 servings. You could definitely use 1/4 serving size and get maybe 16 servings out of the recipe. Thanks for stopping by! ~Karen

  6. Mary on August 7, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Hi,

    Are the dates suggested in this recipe Medjool or the smaller ones?

    Thank you!

    Mary

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on August 8, 2020 at 8:06 am

      Hi Mary – generally when we call for dates, we’ve used Medjool dates. However, smaller dates work too. Just may need more of them depending on how much sweet you like. ~Karen

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