The sweet smell of granola baking in the oven is enough to make anyone feel happy and hot! Even better – knowing the ingredients in your granola are wholesome, rich, and pure. My favourite kind of granola is nothing short of one that is homemade. Of course, being the month of February, love is in the air. That being said, something sweet and chocolaty with a hint of red is definitely in store! With the range of goodness offered by Mum’s Originals Superfoods, there’s more than enough goodies to choose from to make this steamy batch of granola.
With the heart in mind this month (and not only for health) I made sure each ingredient was picked with total love and care!
Oats – Oats are rich in fiber and are excellent for reducing cholesterol and provide long lasting energy (a perfect way to start the day with your Valentine)
Coconut Sugar – Low glycemic, slow burning and just perfectly sweet. You can’t get much better than this!
Goji Berries – Tender, juicy, red and filled with antioxidants, fiber and protein. The perfect boost!
Cacao (aka chocolate) – Need I say more? Magnesium, calcium and the best source of energy, ahem, and a natural aphrodisiac.
Coconut Oil - Rich, creamy, and sweet, it makes everything taste delicious. It can be used anywhere on your body too! (Hint, hint)
Banana Powder – Did you know that bananas are full of B vitamins? It helps keep those sex hormones alive!
Hemp Seeds – Shaped like hearts, these little guys loaded with heart healthy omega 3′s and fiber
Sea Salt – We all need a little salt in our diet. It makes the sweet sweeter!
Cinnamon – Sweet, delectable, and spicy cinnamon is great for balancing blood sugar and just makes everything taste good. And it adds a little kick when you need it.
Sweet Loving Granola!
What’s in it?
1 cup quick oats
2 tbsp oat flour
1 tbsp banana
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp roasted hemp seeds
1 tbsp coconut cacao clusters
2 tbsp goji berries
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
How it’s made!
1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
2. Combine the oats, oat flour, banana, coconut sugar, coconut oil in a bowl and combine until the coconut oil is melted in.
3. Bake in oven for 15 minutes, stirring once part way through. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
4. Place baked oats in a large bowl and combine with hemp seeds, cacao clusters, goji berries, cinnamon and sea salt.
This Goji Granola, filled with natural boosters and energy-infused ingredients, is a flawless way to begin your Valentine’s Day to keep you and your sweetie invigorated and juiced up into the evening. Try it as a surprise Breakfast-in-Bed, and hopefully what follows next is as hot as the granola!
You can get more delicious knowledge by checking out Marni’s Weekday Meal Planning e-book, available here: http://www.marniwasserman.com/ebooks/
On the topic of healthy snacks this week (and just in time for school), it is within my knowledge to show you what is out there. Snacks that you can get your hands on that I approve of. We all need snacks, they are available, but we have a choice to make. If you have a guideline to follow of what to choose, how to choose, then you are taking one step closer to wellness and a healthy body! In a another post you will learn how to make your own snacks at home.
As a general rule, you want to look for whole foods that are packaged. Pure ingredients made from whole grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruits and natural sweeteners. You should be able to read all of the ingredients on the label (and there shouldn’t be more than 5 unless it is jam-packed super bar) and feel confident that you are putting a good product into your body even though it is packaged!
So here is a my approved guideline for healthy packaged snacks (most of which are in my home):
Rice Cakes with Almond Butter
Pita Break Spelt Crackers with Hummus
Sheep Yogurt with Granola
Whole Grain Bread with Almond Butter
Trail Mixes made from Navitas Naturals Products
Did I miss anything? I am sure I did. What are some of your amazing, wonderful and healthy snacks that you like to buy ?
Please do share, we all want to hear them!
Golden Morning Granola
4 cups rolled oats
¼ cup coconut or canola oil
¾ cup pure organic maple syrup
1 tbsp rice milk
1 ½ cup oat bran or quinoa flakes
¾ cups sesame seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup coconut flakes
¼ cup flax seeds
1 cup of chopped almonds
1 tsp sea salt
1 ½ cups raisin, apricots or cranberries
- Combine maple syrup, rice milk and coconut oil in a large saucepan and set aside.
- Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl, except raisins, and toss well.
- Add the oil maple mixture and stir together really well.
- Pour mixture into shallow pan or baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes, stir and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and stir in raisins.
- Cool and store in air tight container.
- Serve in ½ cup portions and serve with rice or almond milk, or add into a cup of yogurt.