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Yesterday I baked up a wonderful batch of chocolate chip butterscotch cookies.
Unfortunately I burned my wrist while taking them out of the oven. I made a paste of half a teaspoon of turmeric and a little splash of white vinegar, applied it to the area and covered it with a bandaid. When I took the bandaid off at the end of the day (wore it for about five hours) the burn was significantly less painful, and today? Gone!
Turmeric is getting more exposure nowadays, but I haven’t heard a lot about people using it for burns. My mom told me that when she was growing up in Bangladesh, if cattle got injured, farmers would apply turmeric to the area and wrap it up for healing. You can also use turmeric if you have a canker sore or a burn in your mouth. Just apply a bit of powder to the area and you will instantly feel relief.
Turmeric has this power thanks to its anti inflammatory properties. In Chinese and Indian medicine, it is externally indicated for sores and swelling. Now, if you have a serious burn, please go to the doctor. I am talking about using turmeric for minor burns here…small ones that get itchy, sore and annoying.
Just be aware that turmeric will stain your skin yellow! The lighter your skin color, the darker yellow/orange you will be! It will go away, I promise. In a few days? A week? My experience with turmeric is a bit skewed because I have dark skin and barely notice the stain. So, well…now you are aware.
Yay turmeric! I just get so doggone excited about herbs, I can’t help it. Turmeric has about a million other benefits but I will just focus on this for today.
Today, thanks to torrential rain in Temecula (read: a sprinkle by the rest of the country’s standards), black bean chili, brown rice and chocolate granola were on the baking agenda. My aim was to make the house as cozy, warm and filled with delicious aromas as possible to take our minds away from the dreary weather outside.
I make a batch of granola every week and this is the first time I’ve made one with a chocolate flavor! I am very excited about this recipe because I used my experience with granola making to create exactly what I was craving….a light sweetness, a decent crunch with an airy crispness, and most importantly-a decadent chocolate flavor.
- Five cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup slivered almonds (or any nut)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive or coconut oil
- 3/4 cup of peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Toss oatmeal, almonds, cocoa powder, salt and chia seeds in a large bowl. Microwave the honey, oil and peanut butter in a bowl, stir to combine, then add to the oat mixture along with the vanilla. Stir everything until the oats are coated with the peanut butter mixture. Place on a large cookie sheet and bake for a half hour. Every ten minutes or so, take the cookie sheet out and stir the ingredients for even baking.
I want everyone in the world to know about this granola because it’s a sweet treat, but not too sweet. It’s peanut buttery, but not cloyingly rich. It’s the kind of delicious, heart-fulfilling snack that transforms even the most stubborn processed junk foodies into, well, health foodies. So, make it, I tell you! It shan’t disappoint.
*note- I found that granola tends to burn around the edges toward the end, so be vigilant if you mind having a few burnt bits in the mix.
**add chocolate chips once the granola has cooled for some serious decadence (though, you really may find that you are perfectly satisfied with just the cocoa!)
Have a sunny day, friends! And if it’s raining, literally or figuratively, I hope this post brightened it up for you a bit.