Nuts and seeds provide good amounts of protein, making them a healthy snack to eat or to complement a meal. In addition, they offer valuable nutrients such as fiber, minerals, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. Add granola to your favorite yogurt, smoothie bowl or oatmeal for a complete meal!
Greetings everyone! I was planning on saving this special holiday greeting for my last recipe post before Christmas but with all honesty I can’t guarantee I will be able to deliver another recipe prior to Christmas Eve. I really miss writing a weekly post and hope to get back on schedule soon. It’s not that we haven’t been eating around here, believe me when I say my appetite only increases as the weather gets colder, and I have been making some really yummy recipes lately.
So the reason why I haven’t been consistently posting, you ask? I have to say is a combination of not having enough sun light to take photos of the recipes and foods. As much as I wish to be like and admire all my fellow savvy bloggers and all their props to take the perfect photo anytime, like the ones you see on Food Gawker , I am not…there, yet.
The other reason is that I have recently decided to follow another passion of mine, and have joined Beautycounter as a Consultant to share a mission that’s close to my heart. I am very passionate about health and environmental issues, particularly where it relates to food and product transparency.
That being said, I am happy and grateful to have found the time to put together a fresh new recipe and to share it here with you. In this week’s recipe I am sharing a yummy, crunchy and super healthy granola that you can make. Skip the store bought granola and make your own.
This recipe is really flexible and you can easily adjuster the amounts or even add other nuts and seeds that you like. It’s also a great way to use up some of the seeds, nuts, oats and crunchy ingredients that you may have sitting in your cabinet. I know that my healthy cabinet is always overflowing and I don’t always get to use all the ingredients in a timely manner, so this is a great way to mix and match different things to make you own delicious granola.
This combination of nuts, seeds, raw cacao and spices, naturally sweetened with raw honey, is a good source of plant based protein nutrition and healthy fats, in addition this recipe also provides with great amounts of antioxidants from the raw cacao. Cacao is a natural source of focused energy, it raises levels of serotonin and provides a sense of calm throughout the body. Its antioxidant flavonoids promote optimal cardiovascular health as well as fighting free-radical toxins.
Make a batch of this granola recipe and save it in a mason jar. Add to your morning cereal, your yogurt, smoothie bowl, oatmeal or simply enjoy it as a mid-afternoon snack for a dose of pick-me-up !
I hope you enjoy making this easy granola recipe and please feel free to share this recipe in your favorite social media platforms. For your convenience you can access directly through the links below !
- 2 cups raw almonds
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup raw cacao nibs
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- ⅓ cup raw honey
- Add the dry ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse for about 1 minute
- Spread this dry mix in a baking sheet
- Pour the honey equally over the nuts and seeds
- Using a silicone spatula, help the honey penetrate into the nuts a bit.
- Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes, tossing and turning the nuts a couple times in between.