Granola is one of those foods that began as a great idea, but gained a bad rap as bird food for hippy-types, and in all honesty, it often wasn't that great. Wanting to cash-in on the health food craze, big manufacturers now fill store shelves with highly processed products with the word 'granola' on their label, but they're usually chocked full of very UN-healthful ingredients with little, if any, nutritional value. (even organic brands)
Our criteria when creating our own granola recipes was simple: it had to be tasty, healthy and easy to make. Every ingredient in our Crunchy-Munchy version contains bunches of healthy benefits; vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, phytonutrients and antioxidants to fuel your body and keep your immune system strong.
As always, choose organic or GMO-free ingredients and indulge in the goodness of real granola.
~ Crunchy-Munchy Granola ~INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 Cup Oats
1 Cup Buckwheat or Oat Bran
1/3 Cup Quinoa, uncooked
1/4 Cup Flax-seed, ground
1/4 Cup Walnuts, chopped
1/4 Cup Almonds, chopped
1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds, unsalted
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds, unsalted
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds, raw
1 Cup Dried Fruit (a mix of Blueberries, Cherries, Cranberry, & Raisins (try different types/colors), etc)
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or 1/4 tspn, if preferred)
1 Tbsp Vanilla
2 Tbsp Molasses
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Raw Honey
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, melted
Place first 10 ingredients in large bowl and mix gently.
Heat spices and wet ingredients just until warm, mix well & drizzle over dry ingredients. Gently, mix well to coat evenly.
Spread evenly on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 250F degrees for 1 hour; stir once after after 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, let cool.
Break apart and store in air-tight containers.
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