A rainy Sunday is the perfect day to meal prep for the week. Today we are making one of our favorite breakfast recipes, Chocolate - Goji Granola. It comes together quickly, with less than 10 ingredients, and makes your whole house smell so yummy! We store it in a glass jar (like the one above) and serve it with any homemade plant milk, including our sweet walnut milk, and top with some slices of bananas
All you need is:
- organic rolled oats
- mixed nuts of choice (walnuts, pecans, cashews, etc.)
- seeds of choice (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.)
- coconut flakes
- cacao nibs
- cinnamon (optional)
- coconut oil
- pure maple syrup
- sea salt
To make the most of this recipe, use clean ingredients, starting with the oats. We recommend using organic oats because common brands (including Quaker) oats have been found to contain some of the highest amounts of glyphosate (pesticide used in Round Up) among the many foods tested by www.responsibletechnology.org. This and other fertilizers are known carcinogens and also believed to lead to other health problems, including digestive dysfunction. The brand recommended here tested with 0 glyphosate, https://www.responsibletechnology.org/irt-glyphosate-database/ according to ewg.org
Ceylon cinnamon is preferable to Cassia or other varieties because it contains lower amounts of coumarin, which can be toxic for the liver if consumed regularly.
To melt coconut oil, I simply measure it into an oven-proof dish and place in the oven while it heats. keep an eye on it and take it out when it melts - it doesn't take long! Make sure the maple syrup is not cold and preferably warm or at least at room temperature. If it's too cold, it will cause the coconut oil to harden when you mix the two!
This really is so easy and makes a lot of healthy meals and snacks for the week...we hope you'll give it a try!
Chocolate - Goji Granola
makes ~ 4 cups
Prep time: 40 minutes, including bake time
• 3 cups 365 organic old-fashioned rolled oats
• 3/4 cup mixed raw nuts of choice (walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews), chopped
• ¼ cup raw seeds of choice (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.)
• ½ cup coconut flakes
• ¼ cup raw cacao nibs
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 ½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon, optional
• ½ cup maple syrup, brought to room temperature
• 2 TB coconut oil, warmed slightly to melt
• ¼ cup goji berries, optional
1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2) Combine oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, and cinnamon well in a large bowl.
3) Mix together maple syrup and coconut oil and pour over mixture.
4) Stir with a large spoon until the granola mixture is well coated and wet.
5) Spread evenly on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
6) Bake for 20 minutes. Turn tray and bake another 5-10 minutes. Do not stir while baking (this will help create more “chunks”).
7) Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Scrape out of pan with a spatula (this will help preserve large chunks).
8) Carefully stir in dried goji berries. Do not bake dried fruit as it will likely burn!
9) Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for up to one week.
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