Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Nutty Granola & Coconut Milk

I love crunchy nutty granola and I've finally nailed down a great recipe that is loaded with nuts and seeds. I've replaced the butter with extra virgin coconut oil and added a few spices to give it a really great depth of flavor.

This granola is great to dip bananas in as a snack, top your pancakes in the morning or simply eat with coconut milk. Turtle Mountain makes incredible dairy free milk and ice cream using coconut milk. I love it more than regular milk and it's loaded with vitamins and oh so good for you! No cholesterol, excellent source of B12, Vegan, no trans fats, gluten free, rich in medium chain fatty acids, soy free and dairy free. The ice cream is to die for which I was sad to think I would have to give up ice cream until I discovered this little gem. The chocolate is my favorite!

Nutty Granola

4 1/2 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Cup Almonds, Slivered
1 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1 Cup Walnuts
1/2 Cup Flax Seeds
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
2/3 Cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Melted
1/2 Cup Whole Cane Sugar, Organic
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon, Fresh Ground
1/2 Teaspoon Allspice, Fresh Ground
1/4 Teaspoon Cloves, Fresh Ground
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt, Course Ground

Mix all ingredients together making sure that all is incorporated and the coconut oil coats the pieces. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then bake in a 300 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes. Watch it to make sure the nuts do not burn. Let the granola cool completely and put in an airtight container.
Healing Properties:
Cinnamon - Helps blood sugar levels
Allspice - Effective digestive aid
Cloves - Helps to prevent digestive tract cancers and treat joint inflamation
Sunflower Seeds - Excellent Source of Vitamin E
Flax Seeds - High in Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Fiber
Walnuts - Fiber, Vitamin B and E, Magnesium, Omega 3 Fatty Acids and helps lower LDL cholesterol
Oats - High in fiber, helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar
This kind of morning cereal is so much more powerful to your system than a boxed variety. Make a big batch and watch what happens to your body!

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