Let’s talk granola, seeds and goji berries for a second, shall we?
There are many granola recipes out there and it’s no wonder why, as granola is pretty handy to have around. Enjoy it as cold cereal, top it on hot oatmeal, non-dairy yogurts or ice creams, or simply take some to go in a small container. It’s a great snack or meal that is filling, healthy and just plain good!
Granola can be so versatile too. You can pretty much add anything to your oat base and come out with something wonderful. For this seeds & goji berry granola, I had a ton of goji berries in my fridge, along with pumpkin (pepitas) and sunflower seeds that needed to be put to good use, when I ran across an article from Wake Up World entitled, Five Healthy Seeds. That planted the seed, so to speak, for this nut free granola recipe.
Seeds & Goji Berry Granola
Seeds are great, especially for those who have nut allergies, they can be a nice alternative. Some of the best seeds in whole form are hemp, sunflower, chia, sesame and pumpkin seeds. Flax seeds are great too, but unless they are ground you’re not going to get their full benefits, as they will pass straight through the body with hardly any benefits.
As for the goji berries, well I love them because they don’t have any added sweeteners like most dried fruits do (I also like raisins for this reason). They are full of anti-oxidants just as other berries like blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, strawberries and cherries. Find out more about their nutritional profile from this article from Live Strong, Goji Berries Nutrition.
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SEEDS & GOJI BERRY GRANOLA
A healthy seed and berry granola with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, chia seeds, hemp hearts and cinnamon. Making your own granola is fun and easy!
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 35 min
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: Makes 4 cups
- Category: Snack, Breakfast
- Cuisine: Vegan
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (I used GF)
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1/3 cup goji berries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts or the entire seed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup pure maple syrup*
- 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (sunbutter), optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Combine all your dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. Add your maple syrup, sunbutter and vanilla. Mix until well coated.
On a greased (I used coconut oil), or ungreased, baking sheet (use two sheets if you like), add your granola, laying it flat and bake for about 30- 35 minutes, stirring the mixture every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. If using two baking sheets, you may even like to switch their positions in the oven once after stirring. If using a smaller baking dish such as a 9 × 9 or 11 × 13, bake for up to 1 hour or so, or until golden throughout. Be sure to stir the mixture every 15 minutes or so.
Once done, remove from oven and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container of choice. Will keep up to one month.
The more syrup you use the more likely you are to create larger granola chunks throughout. I only used 1/2 cup in mine and felt it was a nice texture with many clumps. It also was a perfect sweetness for my liking, not too sweet. Add additional syrup to your preferences.
Feel free to add 1/4 cup or so unsweetened shredded coconut to the dry mixture as well.