Organic Cherry Granola Recipe with Wake Up to Organic

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organic cherry granola recipe

It’s Wake Up to Organic Day on Wednesday 14th June, and this event, ran by the Organic Trade Board, sees independent retailers all over the UK dishing up free organic mini breakfasts to their customers.  Free breakfast!  Have I got your attention now?

The aim of Wake Up to Organic Day is to show you how easy it can be to switch to an organic breakfast, and to showcase the fabulous range of organic food and drink that your local independent stores and cafés offer.  I’m definitely on board with this, and will be seeking out my local store to take part.  You can find which stores near you are taking part using the handy tool on the Wake Up To Organic website.  I’ve found there are 9 stores alone in Edinburgh taking part – from Earthy Foods to Dig In Bruntsfield – so I am sure you’ll be well catered for wherever you are!

If you go along, be sure to share on social media using the hashtag #WakeUpToOrganic

If you can’t make it along, I’ve put together a mainly organic cherry granola breakfast that you can easily make, that’s really delicious and a store cupboard favourite!

Organic Cherry Granola

Ingredients

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(adapted from Cookie and Kate)

4 cups of organic oats

1 cup flaked organic almonds

¼ cup organic walnuts

¼ cup organic sunflower seeds

¼ cup organic cacoa nibs

¼ cup organic desiccated coconut

¾ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup melted organic coconut oil (30-40 seconds in the microwave is sufficient enough to melt the oil)

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup dried cherries (keep to the side until the end)

Method

Preheat your oven to 180°C

To make the organic cherry granola, in a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients (apart from the cherries) and mix well.

Next add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil and stir well.

Spoon the mixture on to a large baking tray and bake for around 30 minutes, stirring half way.

Once golden brown and clumpy, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.

Once completely cool, add the dried cherries, and decant into a airtight storage jar.  The granola will store for up to two weeks, although you I dare you to make it last that long!

Serve with fresh cold milk, sprinkled on top of yoghurt or as a snack straight from the jar.  Either way it’s organic and delicious!

cherry granola recipe

eco friendly shaving

Eco Friendly Shaving Tips

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I realise that by virtue of being a woman, and being the sole writer of Moral Fibres, that the focus here is very much female orientated.  Whilst, indeed, the majority of Moral Fibres readers are women, I’m fully aware from comments on the blog and emails that there are some gents that frequent this here space.  So today, chaps, I’m going to turn the focus to you in order to be as inclusive as possible.  Green living isn’t just for women after all.

Today I thought we could chat shaving.  Specifically eco friendly shaving.  Here are some eco friendly shaving tips that I have researched for you, and turned to my partner to for input.

Eco Friendly Shaving Tips

 

Lather Up

Dr Bronner’s, famous for their castile soap, have formulated this organic shave gel with shikakai.  Harvested from the seed pods of the Acacia tree, indigenous to South Asia, it has been traditionally used for centuries in India as a gentle conditioning skin cleanser.   My partner has been using a tube that he got from Naturally Better You (£6.87) for the last five or six months now.  Yes, the same tube – the stuff lasts and lasts for AGES, and there’s still heaps left in it.  My partner says he really likes this stuff because it smells good, you don’t need to use a lot, and he hasn’t found that he has cut himself more, compared to conventional shaving gel/foam.  He says it doesn’t overly lather, but you don’t need a lot of lather with it as it’s “nice and slidey” (his words, verbatim) so the razor glides over your face.

If packaging isn’t your thing try a shaving soap, such as this Cedarwood Shaving Soap for a traditional shave experience with less waste.

Pick Your Tools

Rather than disposable single use razors, or disposable heads, would you consider the use of safety razor?  My partner isn’t at this stage yet, and as I’m no expert on safety razors either, for now I’ll direct you to this Independent article on the 8 best safety razors.  General consensus – you get what you pay for, so don’t go too cheap.  While the outlay might seem expensive, consider what you’d spend in 6 months or a year on disposable razors or heads.  It definitely adds up.  If my partner makes the switch I’ll ask him if he will write about his experience.

The other eco friendly shaving option is a straight razor but after reading this account I’m not sure it’s the best idea.  If you’re feeling brave and want to give a straight razor a go, I’d suggest watching a few YouTube video tutorials to get a feel for it.

You may want to use a shaving brush.  A lot of shaving brushes seem to be made from badger hair, horse hair or hair from undisclosed origin.  I’ve found a vegan shaving brush that’s also FSC certified, from The Body Shop.

Soothe

My partner swears by Green People’s organic moisturiser post-shave.  This particular cream is vegan friendly, scent free and moisturises for 24 hours.  My parner says it stops his skin from feeling rough or itchy after shaving.  He’s tried a lot of moisturisers over the years and this is by far his favourite.  It also has gender neutral packaging, which is also always appreciated.  I don’t know about you but I personally hate packaging that’s either overly girly or manly.

Have I missed anything?  Gents, please do wade in with your thoughts/experiences of eco friendly shaving!

ps: some eco friendly health and beauty products (for all genders)