Happy Friday! Today is the start of a new series on my blog, namely (cook)book reviews! I’m not going to do this every week, but whenever I have the opportunity to receive a review copy for an upcoming, interesting and health focused cook and/or wellness book, I want to give you some insight into it. If possible, I will also bring you a recipe from the book, so you can gain some insight into what might await you there. I’m starting this series off with the book “Für Mich” or “Nourish”, as it is called in it’s English version, that I was kindly sent to me by Callwey. The German version was just made available the other day, so it really is brand new. The recipe I’m going to show you from this book, is the very luxurious gluten-free granola with apricots, rose petals and pistachios (and even rose water if you want!). So, continue reading to find out more about the book and the recipe!
“Für Mich”/Nourish is not your average cook book. I would describe it as a wellness book, as it does not only include loads of healthy and delicious sounding recipes, it also includes yoga, meditation, fitness and beauty. It was written by Amber Rose, Sadie Frost and Holly Davidson, who each have their own part of the book where they write about the topics that are near and dear to them. Amber writes about food – from smoothies, breakfast, main dishes to sweets, Sadie writes about yoga, meditation and wellness and Holly writes about fitness.
The recipes all include wholesome, delicious ingredients – some are more on the pricier side, like rose water or special super foods. I can still wholeheartedly recommend the recipes, as I know myself how just a single specialty ingredient (or superfood) can really make a big difference in how your food tastes and also to your health. Where to invest in, if not in your health and your body?
The second part of the book is where the wellness element starts – it includes breathing techniques, yoga postures (including pictures!), a daily yoga routine, special yoga for depression, calming etc and meditation. There are also some words included on natural, holistic beauty and health, which I love. They are encouraging and try to help people embrace a natural lifestyle.
Lastly, the third part is dedicated to fitness for women – but not only does it include exercises and even a 4 week training plan, it also deals with motivation and positive thinking.
Whew, quite a lot of ground covered in this book, right? And even though the book touches on so many different areas, it does not feel shallow or stretched out. There is a lot of useful information in there, and lots of good reminders of things that you might have heard before but forgotten.
So, let’s jump now to the recipe – a delicious homemade, gluten-free granola that feels like a very special treat – not only, but also because of the rose petals in it.
- 25 g coconut oil (cold pressed)
- 40 ml honey* (can be substituted with additional maple syrup to make it vegan)
- 40 ml maple syrup
- 100 g coconut flakes
- 60 g pistachios (chopped roughly)
- 75 g almonds (chopped very roughly)
- 40 g sunflower seeds
- 40 g pumpkin seeds
- ½ tbsp rose water (optional, I omitted it)
- 100 g dried apricots (chopped)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds (or more)
- 2 tbsp dried, untreated rose petals
- Preheat the oven to 170°C/338°F.
- Mix coconut falkes, pistachios, almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in a medium sized bowl.
- Heat coconut oil, honey and maple syrup in a little pan so that it boils up once.
- Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and combine well, so that everything is coated in the coconut-honey-maple mixture.
- Spread the granola onto a paper lined baking tray and make sure that the layer is not too thick, otherwise the granola is not going to turn really crunchy.
- Put into the oven for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes, so they ingredients do not turn too dark.
- Take the granola out and let cool down slightly. If you want to use rose water, now is the time to add it. Also add the chopped apricots, hemp seeds and rose petals and stir well.
- Let the mixture cool down fully and store in airtight container for up to two weeks.
I would also suggest adding in more pistachios and more hemp seeds than the recipe calls for.
All in all I can tell you something – if you want to get a beautiful, useful wellness book that encompasses healthy, seasonal dishes, wellness and fitness, this book is definitely a wonderful place to start. The ingredients for the recipes are sometimes more on the exotic and or pricey side, but they are delicious and make perfect treats. Not all the recipes are as luxurious though as this granola recipe, so don’t let this put you off! Apart from food, the wellness and fitness sections of the book are equally appealing to me – well written, beautifully photographed and simple to incorporate in your life. I’m definitely going to try out the 4 week training plan, as it seems very doable to me. Feeling that a training routine is doable is quite important to me, so I don’t get overwhelmed right from the beginning.
The book is so beautifully made that it would actually be a good coffee table book, if you are into those kind of things. 😉 Some people put magazines, but I put inspirational cook and wellness books on my table and this is definitely an eye catcher. Oh, and btw. Mother’s Day is not that far away anymore (well, not even two months!), and this book would make a perfect gift for women of every age – just saying!
If you would like to order a German copy, please head over to Callwey – and no, I don’t get anything for saying this, I simply really enjoyed the book. If you speak English and would still like to get the book, it’s called Nourish in it’s original version, and I’m sure you will be able to find it at your local bookshop or an online retailer. Thank you so much to the wonderful team at Callwey for sending me this review copy and allowing me to publish this recipe on my blog!