Sweet Potato Muffin Tops

These zero-waste muffin top cookies are toddler (and baby, if you omit the honey) approved. We try to keep these as more of a dessert treat in our house but they would also be great for breakfast or a snack on the go. Sweetness comes from banana and dried fruit instead of sugar, though you can add honey for an extra sweet kick. I usually … Continue reading Sweet Potato Muffin Tops

Road to minimalism: FREE Workshop (Vermont)

Whether you’re interested in decluttering to make your life easier, are curious about this “trend, you’re invited to a FREE workshop and discussion. Maybe you have already started decluttering or even are a seasoned veteran with a well-worn copy of Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we could all use some IRL support! We can share our tips and tricks, and share what … Continue reading Road to minimalism: FREE Workshop (Vermont)

How to get “rich girl skin” the all natural, zero waste and inexpensive way

This post is years in the making. I’ve chased clear, plump, even-toned glowing skin my whole life. Haven’t we all?! I remember telling my mom’s friend who was a seller of a popular skincare line (ahem, Mary Kay) when I was a teenager that I was looking for moisturizing and “plumping” products. She laughed and said I didn’t need those products for decades yet. In … Continue reading How to get “rich girl skin” the all natural, zero waste and inexpensive way

aluminum free deodorant recommendations

Current Natural Deodorant Routine + Advice for Friends

If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while you may have seen my original post all about aluminum-free deodorants where I rank the ones I’ve tried. I also posted an update where I specifically mentioned what I was using at that time. It’s been a while so I wanted to share yet again. Please note that I’m a few years into my switch … Continue reading Current Natural Deodorant Routine + Advice for Friends

Zero Waste Workshop – Burlington, VT

Let’s take advantage of the nice weather and meet outside for a zero waste discussion and demonstration of how to make your own non-toxic, low waste and (the best pat) super effective all purpose cleaner. We will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Oakledge Park in Burlington, VT. Find me at a picnic table on the grassy area by the earth clock. Email me meredithtested@gmail.com … Continue reading Zero Waste Workshop – Burlington, VT

The busy person’s guide to going plastic free

I’m not a fan of the glorification of busy in modern times. While we have some hard and fast parameters and bookends to our time, there is a culture of shunning rest and slowing down that is a huge burden and causes unnecessary stress for many. I am working hard towards slowing down, shifting my priorities and being mindful of the choices I make that … Continue reading The busy person’s guide to going plastic free

The Zero Waste Grocery Store Challenge: Trader Joe’s

When you decide to reduce your waste in your home, office, school or wherever, you may notice as many of us do that a huge source of daily garbage is …food packaging. This summer I’m teaming up with a dream squad of bloggers to show you how we shop at conventional stores while still reducing waste. -East: I’m profiling Trader Joes’, Costco, Hannaford Supermarket, and Wal-Mart. … Continue reading The Zero Waste Grocery Store Challenge: Trader Joe’s

Minimalism and winter clothes PLUS How to clean up a “pilly” winter hat

As minimalists, we tend to wear our clothing hard. Even if we’re rotating between a few items, everything gets regular use. When you live in a place like Vermont, winter gear can be a big space-hog and a passionate point of discussion for many in my area looking to declutter and downsize. Bottom line: we tend to hold on to a LOT of winter items, … Continue reading Minimalism and winter clothes PLUS How to clean up a “pilly” winter hat

Maternity multi-season capsule wardrobe

Minimalism hasn’t always come naturally to us, and we still struggle with different zones of our home and life but once my husband and I started using capsule wardrobes, clothing hasn’t been an issue. In fact, it’s been a catalyst for so many other strong decisions made in other areas. Paring down our clothing and focusing on reuse and secondhand before purchasing new, and then being … Continue reading Maternity multi-season capsule wardrobe

Zero waste paleo gluten free granola recipe

Zero Waste Paleo “Granola” Recipe

It’s heeeere!

When I asked you on Instagram if this recipe needed to be revealed to the world, there was a resounding “yes!” response. Not one to disappoint you guys or save a good thing only for ourselves, here we’re sharing this easy recipe that’s on heavy rotation at our house.

I was really getting into eating granola after my second daughter was born. There’s just something about this simple, delicious and highly customizable treat after you’ve had a baby. I craved granola after my oldest was born, too.

My husband, however, isn’t a fan of traditional oat-based granola, so he developed this recipe based on several others he’s tried over the years, primarily one by the wonderful Paleo Cupboard. This grain-free granola is a great choice if you’re like him and don’t like “normal” granola, or if you are avoiding grains. This is esentially a trail mix gone to the next level with flavor and texture. We eat this granola treat as a snack by the handful – my toddler loves it, too – or on top of yogurt.  Or you could even sprinkle it as a boost on top of cereal and milk, which is how my parent’s always enjoyed granola when I was a kid.

How to make grain-free, zero waste granola

How do we make this paleo granola recipe “zero waste?”

We buy all of these ingredients in the bulk or loose bins at our local health food store. Yes, everything from maple syrup and shredded coconut to raisins and salt. We get coconut oil and vanilla extract in glass packaging. Make your own vanilla extract if you can, though! Easy and inexpensive.

If you don’t have access to bulk bins or the prices aren’t as good as what you can get in packaging (it happens! It’s silly/ridiculous, but true), try to get the largest container or bag your budget allows.  This might be especially true for nuts and seeds. Your packaging to product ratio will be lower (meaning, you’ll still be reducing your overall waste) when you get a larger size. Share with a friend if that’s better for your needs and budget.

We can get nuts and seeds for a good price at our local health food store and in the exact amounts we need, but if we couldn’t we’d try to find them first in plastic-free packaging and then we’d get in the largest quantity we could reasonably afford and store. You know I rave about getting spices in bulk for the cost savings alone so if that’s the only thing you track down in bulk for this recipe, I’ll be psyched!

Now onto the main event! Get the ingredient list and full instructions on how to make this tasty nutty granola.

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