Getting out of my head and into granola

by Christina on March 10, 2011

Notes from Richard Freeman's training (Boulder, June 2010)

“The Yogi has to draw the mind within and the centrifugal tendency must therefore be replaced by a centripetal tendency so strong that it requires definite force of will to keep the mind directed outwards.” ~I.K.Taimni, The Science of Yoga

Yoga train us to focus inwards — to be “centripetal.” Postures, breath, bandhas, and drishti are all tools to help keep our awareness internal rather than in infinite external directions (thoughts, worries, anxieties, plans).

The danger is that this can make us self-absorbed and narcissistic (happens!).

Sometimes we need to think less about ourselves. If our yoga practice is not making us “function better in society” like Richard Freeman says, then we need to get grounded by doing something real. Guruji would say: “Go get 6 pounds of carrots and a bucket of water.”

This is where my granola-making comes in.

The other day, in the midst of angst and emotional exhaustion (from the usual life/pain/love issues), my yoga practice was only making me feel worse. What I needed was to get out of my head.

So after practice, I went to Caitlin’s apartment and we made granola. We chopped almonds and crushed walnuts and mixed everything together with our hands. The granola we made was beautiful, delicious, and something that could be shared with other people. That’s exactly the practice I needed that day.

Caitlin is my yoga, med school, food, and life-buddy who has taught me so much about food and cooking (including the importance of a good knife and how not to be OCD about following a recipe). Granola has always intimidated me (it seemed so complicated), but Caitlin taught me that this is not true AT ALL.

Here is the simple and easy granola we make:


We follow a basic framework, but the key to this granola is that it’s a little different each time (sort of like bean dip in that way).

We make as much as possible (breakfast for the week), we add and take away ingredients based on what we have in our kitchens, and we are definitely imperfect with our measurements:

1. Mix dry ingredients together in a big bowl:

  • Whole rolled oats (~4 cups)
  • Chopped raw almonds (~1cup)
  • Chopped raw walnuts (~1 cup)
  • Pumpkin seeds (~1/2 cup)
  • Sunflower seeds (~1/2 cup)
  • Hemp seeds (~1/2 cup)
  • Red uncooked quinoa (~1 cup) (This is a new and awesome addition, thanks to hungry hungry hippie! Makes it so crunchy!)

2. Mix wet ingredients in a separate smaller bowl:

  • Peanut butter (~3/4 cup)
  • Coconut oil (~1/2 cup)
  • Honey (~1/2 cup)

3. Mix wet and dry ingredients together with hands and make it clumpy (favorite part).

4. Spread on pan and bake for ~30 minutes at ~350 degrees (until golden, not burned). Then add dried fruit (raisins, cranberries).

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

elise March 11, 2011 at 12:21 am

isnt it crazy how great the quinoa makes it!! glad you liked 🙂


Christina March 11, 2011 at 12:28 am

ahh YES! You are BRILLIANT!! 🙂


Rebecca March 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm

You two are so beautiful 🙂


Chris palmer March 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Caitlin looks such a lovely person!


Christina March 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm

🙂 she is!!!


arbonne June 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm

First of all I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question in which
I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing.
I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts
in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just
seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted simply just trying
to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?


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