The Best Healthy Granola Recipe
This healthy granola recipe makes enough to fill almost 4 quart-sized mason jars.
And it’s a great snack because it has very little sweetener, is made from only wholesome ingredients, and is filled with delicious + nutritious nuts and seeds.
So you can rest assured that it’s actually healthy granola, unlike most store-bought granola (which is usually packed with 5000g of sugar and has so many oats it might as well be called dry oatmeal!)
If you’d like an extra healthy boost, allow the ingredients that are marked with stars to soak for 8-48 hours.
And remember to strain, rinse, and re-soak them every 12 hours.
Soaking reduces or eliminates enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens, making them easier to digest and helping your body absorb more nutrients.
If you decide to go the soaking route, increase the bake time by 10-30 minutes, stirring and checking granola regularly for readiness.
Because it’s dry and generally eaten cold, the best time of year to make this healthy granola recipe is in rainy spring weather.
It’s also great if you’re someone who tends to run hot and damp, or when you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of dampness and heat.
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Healthy Granola Recipe
1 cups rolled oats*
1 cup buckwheat grouts*
1/2 cup teff
1/2 cup chia seeds*
1 cup pinenuts
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds*
2 cups hazelnuts, crushed*
1 tbsp bee pollan
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and ground
1 tsp cinnamon powder
12 dates, pitted and finely chopped
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup (or replace maple syrup and honey with 12 additional dates)
5 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300°F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Then, in a small pot over medium heat, combine dates, honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract and let it warm up for 2 minutes. Pour over the dry ingredients, stir well, and spread evenly over the cookie sheets.
Bake for 15-30 minutes or until the ingredients start to brown.
Check on ingredients every 5-10 minutes, stir regularly, and switch tray position halfway through.
What makes this healthy?
Between oats and buckwheat grouts alone you’re pretty much set on your daily manganese needs (a trace mineral that is essential for healthy bone production, skin integrity, blood sugar control, and protecting against free-radical damage).
Nuts and seeds are also filled with manganese, magnesium, copper, and a host of other incredible minerals that are essential for your health. And daily nut consumption has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart-disease.
A 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds alone contains 82% of your daily vitamin E, 43% of vitamin B1, 28% of your magnesium needs, 20% of your folate, and that’s just to name a few!
As I mentioned in the intro, this granola is sweet but doesn’t contain any refined sugar.
And you can modify it by using just dates instead of maple syrup and honey, which will give you a bit of a chewier granola that my family adores.
Dates another nutritional powerhouse.
One cup will give you 20% of your needed potassium for the day, 20% of your magnesium, plus a whole lot of other incredible nutrients to keep you fueled up throughout the day.
And if sugar is a hot topic for you and your family, the cinnamon in this granola recipe will help you curb sugar cravings too. Feel free to sprinkle some more on for an added boost!
And once you’ve tried it, leave a comment!
How did your healthy granola turn out? How does your family like it? Are you going to experiment with different ingredients?
I’d love to hear from you!