When cravings hit, it can fuel inspiration and motivation for delicious healthy culinary creations. Granola has been on my mind, thus rather than buying at the store, which usually contain too much sweetener, and other ingredients I prefer to avoid, I decided to craft my own.
This granola contains a variety of nuts and seeds, with just a few touches of natural sweetness. The combination results in a blend rich in Zinc, Magnesium and other trace minerals, as well as Vitamin C, Healthy Fats including plant based Omega-3s, Antioxidants, and other Phytonutrients. This collection of ingredients is high in Fiber, Protein and relatively low in Carbohydrates.
I soaked all the seeds (except for the chia), overnight to reduce phytic acid which can inhibit nutrient absorption. This also begins the sprouting process, which supports ease of digestion and increasing the bioavailability of nutrients. Low Heat Dehydration helps the nuts and seeds to be a bit more crispy and dried out in nature, which is more reminiscent of a traditional granola.
The spices are delicious and warming in nature, with just a small amount of Raw Local Honey (optional of course), for a touch of Earthly Sweet.
There are many ways to enjoy, such as with an unsweetened Nut or Seed Milk, or sprinkled on top of an unsweetened Nut or Seed Yogurt. Like all of my recipes, they are designed to spark the divine creator within you, so see what flows for you when to comes to flavors and ingredients!
1 cup each:
Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds
Organic Raw Sunflower Seeds
Organic Raw Sesame Seeds
Organic Raw Buckwheat
Organic Raw Walnuts, Chopped
1 cup Organic Goji Berries
1 cup Organic Dried Blueberries
½ cup Organic Cacao Nibs
1 cup Organic Dried Coconut Shreds
2 tablespoons Organic Chia Seeds
2 tsp Organic Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp Himalayan Salt
1 tsp Organic Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp Organic Ground Ginger
1 tsp Organic Ground All-Spice
1 tsp Organic Ground Cardamom
3 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
2 tablespoons Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Raw Local Organic Honey (Optional)
Here is what I did: