Goddess Granola

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So many variations of granola have come around (like my quinoa granola) but nothing really compares to the classic. Something about the combination of the crunchy oats and fragrant nuts just warms your soul any time of year. Like I previously mentioned in my last granola post, most granolas from the grocery stores have added chemicals, refined sugars and oils to make a really average tasting product.

If you don’t have a lot of time in the morning, this is a nourishing breakfast that can be brought in a container or baggy. Its also a great alternative to sugary breakfast cereals kids are starting their day with. Take for example Harvest Crunch. From reading the cover, most parents would think they are giving their children a fantastic nourishing breakfast. The box says that it’s full of fibre, has 100% whole grains and is made using ‘natural’ flavours. So why did they need to add the wheat, brown sugar, barley, modified milk ingredients and sunflower/canola oil? To make an awesome tasting granola all you need is a combination of oats, fat and sweetness, so choose the right kinds! I use certified gluten-free oats, maple syrup and coconut oil as a base. Then the flavour combinations are endless… add almond or coconut extract. Add peanut butter! What about raisins and cinnamon? You can be your own granola god or goddess…ps. this also makes a really beautiful and thoughtful gift!

We all have an extra 45 minutes when we are doing useless sh*t. Instead of surfing the web, flipping tv channels or texting; use those 45 minutes to make some fresh granola. Your house will smell amazing and your body and tastebuds will thank you. Feel free to add different nuts, dried fruit or extra superfoods such as chia, flax or buckwheat. Top on coconut yogurt, smoothies or have it straight out of the container by the handful (warning: you won’t be able to stop). I had mine with warmed vanilla almond milk, chia and a fresh pear. As always this recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free (and vegan)! Bon appetit!
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Ingredients:

• 4 cups certified g-free oats (or large flake oats for those who aren’t g-free)
• 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
• 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (NO Aunt Jemima s.v.p.)
• 1/2 cup hazelnuts (crushed)
• 1/2 cup cashews
• 1/2 cup almonds (slivered, or crushed)
• 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp sea or pink himalayan salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking/cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Whisk maple syrup and melted coconut oil until combined.

3. Add oats, cashews, almonds, coconut flakes, cinnamon, vanilla and salt and stir until combined.

4. Spread granola evenly on cooking sheet.

5. Bake for 35-45 minutes depending on your oven. Stir every 10 minutes. Remove when golden brown. Let cool and add any dried fruit you like! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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Cinnamon Vanilla Quinoa Granola

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I absolutely love Granola and it has definitely become one of my specialties. Lots of people buy granola at a grocery store, or get some from their local coffee shop thinking they are indulging in a super healthy treat. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but most granolas are loaded with refined sugars and unhealthy fats. While oats and nuts provide protein, healthy fats and whole grains when you load them with hydrogenated oils, brown sugar, syrups etc… you might as well have a piece of cake. What frustrates me about this is that you can have granola that is healthy and tastes just as good, if not better than that bagged junk you get at the grocery store. This recipe is SO easy and so delicious! It is gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar free. It is filled with super foods to give extra omega 3, fibre and protein. I enjoy it on coconut yogurt, with unsweetened almond milk or sprinkled on overnight oats. Have a wonderful day and enjoy!

Ingredients:

• 3 cups quinoa flakes
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 cup of maple syrup, date syrup or honey (or a mixture of all three)
• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract (or scraping of bean pod)
• 2-3 tablespoons of chia seeds
• 1/4 cup of hazelnuts
• 1/4 cup of chopped almonds
• 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/4 cup of goji berries or dried fruit of choice (prunes, dates, figs, apricots)
• pinch of sea salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F

2. Whisk together the olive oil, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, chia and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl and add the quinoa flakes, stirring to combine thoroughly. If your nuts and coconut flakes are raw (not roasted) add these too.

3. Evenly spread the quinoa on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt

4. Roast, stirring now and then, until the flakes are dried and crunchy and a lovely golden brown, about 25 minutes.

5. Let the quinoa mixture cool completely before mixing with the remaining ingredients. Store in a glass jar for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!