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
- 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)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, buckwheat groats, coconut chips, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, and maca powder.
- 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.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl. Stir to combine.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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