cookies and cream rawnola
Sometimes I like to pretend I'm fancy and glamorous. But I've learnt to accept, over the years, that these are traits I never have and never will nail. I always preferred collaging over technical drawings in school. My cupcake decorating was always a miss (never a hit). My hair is almost always greasy and knotty. I never owned a long dress until I was 24 years old and even now, wearing one causes me anxiety. I will choose flat shoes over high heels any day. I wear my socks inside out. I bite my nails. I don't know how to apply blush. I think I can count the amount of times I've worn lipstick on one hand.
But somehow I was inspired by an event that is very much associated with glam and snazz: Wimbledon. Yes, that fancy tennis competition. I know nothing about it other than that people play tennis and the spectators move their heads from left to right for hours upon hours while eating strawberries and cream.
I happened to have coconut yoghurt in my fridge and the first thought that popped into my head was, "Strawberries and cream...! Hold, on. Strawberries, cookies AND cream!".
I know coconut yoghurt isn't cream and I also didn't have any cookies on hand at the time, but I did have fresh strawberries. So I improvised and gave it a new twist.
Cookies - raw cookie dough granola (aka rawnola).
Cream - coconut yoghurt.
Strawberries - strawberries. Not much surprise there.
Feel free to keep reading for a few health benefits of the ingredients included in the recipe or jump straight to how to make it.
Oats - A gluten-free, fibre-rich grain that contains a substantial amount more protein than other grains making it one of the most well-balanced foods out there. Oats also contain high amounts of the soluble fibre, beta-glucan, which help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promote healthy gut bacteria growth and increase feelings of fullness.
Dates - Similar to oats, dates also contain a bunch of soluble fibres. These fibres balance the digestive tract and increase good bacteria in the gut meaning you stay on the reg. Nothing kills the mood like an upset stomach.
Coconut sugar - Coconut sugar is simply boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. And while it does offer more vitamins and minerals than white table sugar, the real kicker is the fact that it is considered the most sustainable sweetener in the world, according The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation. The tree uses minimal amounts of water and fuel, and can produce for up to 20 years. There are also no artificial ingredients nor does the plant undergo chemical alterations in any way.
and Strawberries - Us humans think we are so evolved, but we are actually one of few mammalian species who cannot produce vitamin C naturally. Not so smart now are we? This means we need to boost our immune system with vitamin C through diet. Simply eat 1 cup of strawberries and you have met all of your requirements for the day. Now you have no excuse to get sick.
1 cup oats
1 cup dates, soaked
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
Coconut yoghurt (I used this proudly South African brand)
1. Soak your dates in warm water for about 10 minutes.
2. Throw all of your ingredients in a food processor and blend.
You don't want your rawnola to be blended super finely but rather for it to be a chunky texture with bits of oats and dates still present. If you find the consistency to be too dry, slowly add a bit of water to the mix. However, I found that the blended coconut gave off its natural oil so I didn't need to add any liquid.
3. Serve with coconut yoghurt and fresh strawberries.