sweet, nutty, crunchy, and delicious – everything you’d want your granola to be
Granola is the perfect topping to your favorite yogurt or the ideal crunch when you’re looking for a sweet bite. The many ingredients of granola include, oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, which are nutrient-dense and packed with protein, iron, healthy fats and fiber. Oats, a whole grain, make the base of most granola and are loaded with beta glucan, which is cholesterol-lowering fiber. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a diet that is plentiful in whole-grain foods is just as effective as taking anti-hypertensive medication in lowering blood pressure. The nuts and seeds found in granola also add heart-healthy unsaturated fats and protein. The dried fruit, in this case dates and goji berries, add a healthy level of antioxidants. Many types of granola may appear healthy by the way they are advertised, but contain excess heapings of sugar and oil. It is important to read nutrition facts but making your own granola at home ensures you know exactly what you put into your food and how much.
Homemade Date and Pistachio Granola
2 cups raw, whole rolled oats
½ cup raw pistachios, chopped
¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
½ cup dates, chopped
¼ cup goji berries
2-3 tablespoons raw honey (or maple syrup)
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
A pinch of sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 300º F.
- Add all ingredients in a bowl and using your hands mix well until everything is well coated. Mix well and use the warmth of your hands to ensure there aren’t any chunks of oil left.
- Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until slightly toasted. Allow to cool before serving or storing. This granola can be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!
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