Lately, I have been on a kick to make all new foods, from hummus to almond milk. And one of my newest creations is Goji Granola.
Secret Confession – I used to be obsessed with granola and would often use it as my “cheat food” during my boxing years. But here’s the thing about most granola. It’s high in sugar and calories and doesn’t contain that much nutrients (think unhealthy oils, processed ingredients), which is precisely why I decided to change the game and make my own.
I started experimenting and ended up creating a really hearty, delicious and super simple recipe. Plus, it’s raw! No cooking, baking or heat required. It takes around 15 minutes to prepare and serves as the perfect snack to munch on, even if you are on the run!
So especially for you….
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup cashew pieces, chopped
- ½ cup almond, chopped
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 Tablespoons green powder (I like this one)
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- ½ cup goji berries (soaked for 6-8 hours)
- ⅔ cup almond butter
- ½ to ⅔ cup sweetener (I used raw, local honey)
- ⅛ teaspoon Himalayan salt (adjust based on which nut butter you use)
- Whenever possible, use organic ingredients.
- Get creative! Measurements don’t have to be exact and you can add in lots of other fun stuff like cinnamon, coconut oil, vanilla extract, protein powder, other dried fruits as well as different kinds of nuts and seeds. Use any combo of healthy ingredients and make your own flavor. The possibilities are endless!
- Mix oats, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, green powder, flax, hemp and chia seeds in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix almond butter, sweetener and Himalayan salt.
- Slowly pour sweetener mixture into oat mixture and stir in soaked goji berries.
- Mix well until everything is evenly combined and sticky.
- If you find it is too dry, add a bit more sweetener.
- On a flat tray or baking pan, spread mixture in a thin layer to cover the surface. (Option to use parchment paper if you prefer) Try to spread it as smoothly as possible.
- Cover the top with more parchment paper and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
- Cut into bars (your choice of size!) and keep refrigerated.
- Makes 10–15 bars.
The almond butter – honey – salt mixture
So what makes goji granola good for you?
Because it contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, health fats, protein and complex carbs. It is an easy way to have a conscious snack that is satisfying and versatile. Eat it straight from the freezer, add your choice of milk for a powerful breakfast or even sprinkle it onto yogurt. I usually pack some in a small container and carry around in my backpack for a healthy treat between meals.
Can’t beat the nutrients, the simplicity and of course, the taste.
Cheers to tasty snacks and treats!