I am a granola lover. I eat it almost every day on top of coconut yogurt, fruit, smoothies, etc. However, most store-bought granolas are loaded with refined sugar and other processed ingredients so I prefer to make my own. This granola is packed with Omega-3s, antioxidants, and many beneficial vitamins and minerals. You can easily interchange the ingredients to whatever you have in your pantry.  Enjoy!

Preparation + Cook Time: 35 minutes

Makes about 4 Cups of Granola

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Oats
  • 3/4 C Buckwheat Groats
  • 1 1/2 C Coconut Chips
  • 1/4 C Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 C Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 C Flax Seeds
  • 1 T Maca Powder
  • 1/4 C + 1 T Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 C Almond Butter
  • 4 T Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1 C Dried Banana (chopped into small pieces)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, buckwheat groats, coconut chips, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, and maca powder.
  3. In a microwaveable-safe container, melt the coconut oil for 45 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir in the almond butter and the maple syrup.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl. Stir to combine.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the granola mixture on top of the baking sheet and place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. With a spatula, shake the granola around. Bake in the oven for an additional 7-8 minutes until golden-brown.
  6. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let the granola cool for 20 minutes. Add the dried banana chips to the granola and combine.
  7. Transfer the granola into a mason jar. I like to keep my granola in the refrigerator. This makes it super crunchy and fresh!

Benefits of this recipe:

-Maca Powder is rich in antioxidants, balances estrogen levels, and enhances mood. It also has a subtle butterscotch flavor which adds to the taste of the granola.

-The chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds are high in Omega-3s, protein and antioxidants, great for heart heath and skin, can lower cholesterol, rich in calcium, zinc, and iron, and are beneficial to your digestion.

-Oats are high in fiber, reduces heart disease risk, and lowers cholesterol.

-Buckwheat Groats are loaded with fiber which improves digestion. It is high in energy boosting B vitamins and is a great source of protein.

The information on the benefits of the ingredients was researched from http://www.draxe.com

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