Rawnola (Vegan / Gluten Free)

I have recently started incorporating predominately plant based meals into my diet (as I type this, its been 32 days!) Quite frankly, it's changing my life. I have had horrible stomach aches pretty much daily for the last 7-9 months. I was sharing this with a friend who said she was having the same problems until she started eating a raw until 4 / plant based / vegan diet.

I feel like a million bucks, y'all. Knowing what it feels like to not be in pain or feel sick is enough for me to never want to cheat. And after I cheated for the first time this past Saturday, I was shocked at how desperate I was for my raw foods the next day! I had never known that it was possible to not feel crappy. And although I really did do this because of stomach pains, I have been able to drop over 6 pounds in the first 30 days. I know this may seem nuts to a lot of you, but if you're curious or want to read more about this go to earthyandy.com and watch Forks over Knives on Netflix!

Let me go on by saying that I can totally see myself re-introducing eggs, wild/organic fish, and organic meats back into my life at some point. But for now, I just feel too good to change anything. 

I mentioned earlier that I have been eating raw till 4. This means that until 4pm, everything I eat is uncooked and eaten in its raw state. Most mornings I eat overnight oats with fruit, hemp, and nut butter or a big ole green smoothie (I still drink coffee with unsweetened almond milk, but am so energized eating this way that I usually only finish 1/2 a cup!) For lunch I'll either do a massive green salad loaded with veggies, or a smoothie bowl. I love putting all sorts of toppings on my smoothie bowls, especially RawNola. 

I know - I am getting a lil cray with the "raw" word. Stick with me. Namaste. 

So because regular granola is cooked, I wouldn't eat that until after 4pm. Thus, RawNola...

You can honestly make rawnola however you like as long as you have dates and oats (reg or gluten free). 

This recipe has dates, coconut sugar, coconut, oats, and almond butter. 

Ingredients:
1. 8 pitted medjool dates
2. 3/4 cup gluten free or regular oats
3. 1 tbsp coconut sugar
4. 2 tbsp coconut (any kind really)
5. 1 tbsp almond butter
6. Pinch of salt to cut some of the sweetness

Directions
1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor
2. Pulse together until everything is combined and crumbly
3. Store in the refrigerator up to a week

Let me know if you have any tips / tricks / foods that would be good for me to eat right now! 

Would y'all be more interested in posts about this topic / more gluten free / vegan / dairy free recipes?! Let me know!