I detest bland, tasteless food, especially Granola! I have cupboards filled with packets of the unused tasteless chew. The clever packaging gets me every time and I am always disappointed when I taste it for the first and often LAST TIME. “No more,” I say!
I decided to take matters into my own hands & make a Granola that this food loving (Gluten free, vegan, health nut) would die for…and I did! Watch out, this stuff is so good you will want to eat it all day long. Bon Appetite!
At the end of the recipe I have described all the healing benefits for many of the ingredients.
‘Morning Blast of Goodness’ Granola
Pick your key ingredients (from the list of ingredients, where you have a choice, in the recipe) to create a custom blend granola made specifically to address your unique health issues.
Raw gluten free oats
Raw pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds
Almonds, brazils, pecans walnuts, slivered or sliced.
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of organic almond or cashew butter (raw and unsalted)
Splash of water,
1/4 cup of honey
1 TBSP cinnamon
Dried fruit (cherries, raisins, figs and/or blueberries)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Spread raw oats onto one or two baking sheets/roasting pans with sides (I make extra to freeze in zip lock bags). I never measure but suggest you use enough oats to generously cover the bottom of the pan. Add plenty of flax seed, nuts and coconut. I never measure the amount and therefore use whatever I like best and have available.
Mix together oil, nut butter, water, honey and cinnamon in a 2-cup glass measuring cup and heat at 50 percent power in the microwave for approximately two minutes (the nut butter stays pretty lumpy). You can also heat the mixture slowly in a pan.
Stir into dry ingredients.
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or so, stirring once or twice. Remove when “toasted” to a nice light brown color. On occasion I turn up the temperature to 375 degrees to toast more quickly.
When granola is baked and cooled, add some of your favorite dried fruit such as dried cherries, raisins, figs and blueberries!
Sprinkle over coconut yogurt with fresh berries, and a sprinkling of honey or Maple syrup.
Can be stored in a freezer or airtight container
Magical Properties of main ingredients
Berries are miracle fighters of free radicals. Antioxidants mean life! Deep purples blacks, and blues come from polyphenols and are rich in dozens of phytochemicals, amino acids, coenzymes and more. For short they are disease fighting power houses.
They are essential if you are struggling with any brain disorders including cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, Huntington’s, Tourette’s, M.S., Heart disease, Atrial fibrillation, Endometriosis, PID, tinnitus, insomnia, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disease, fibromyalgia, CFS, Bladder issues, fibroids, Lyme, Skin disorders, Thyroid nodules.
Coconut – Enhances the power of anything it touches. Mix in a smoothie with cilantro it increases the cilantro’s ability to remove heavy metals. If you add the meat to a salad, everything becomes more nutritious and life changing. The water provides critical mineral salts to the bloodstream. It also adds in insomnia, fertility, any adrenal or brain disorder. It is great for clients EBV, Asperger’s, Addison’s, Raynaud’s syndrome, anxiety, Asperger’s, shingles, ADHD, UTI’s, Lyme disease, depression, SIBO, parasites, pancreatitis.
Raw honey – Bees collect from plant species far and wide, the fructose and gluscose in honey are saturated with more the 200,000 undiscovered phytochemicals, protecting you from radiation damage & pathogen killers. It has been said raw honey can stop cancer in its tracks. It’s sugar and B12 make it one of the best brain foods. It supports immunity and when you feel you are fighting bugs and is a strong first line of defense. Use for sinus, ear, eye infections, PTSD, allergies, SIBO, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, all autoimmune disorders, respiratory infections, thrush.
Pecans – Pecans are a nourishing food and contain several vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are essential for optimum health. Pecans are an excellent source of vitamins A, E and B-complex as well as minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron, and manganese. They are a wonderful source of high quality protein that is easy to digest and quickly assimilates into the body.
Walnuts are particularly beneficial for cognitive health and are generally regarded as an excellent “brain food”. Walnuts can also calm the nervous system and increase your sense of well being and peace. They are known to satiate the appetite as well as aid in long term weight loss. Walnuts are high in vitamin E which helps to keeps cells protected from free radical damage.
Brazil nuts are an excellent source of complete protein and omega-6 fatty acids as well as vitamins E & B-complex and minerals such as selenium, zinc, copper, and manganese. Brazil nuts are known to help lower LDL “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL “good” cholesterol in the blood which can help to reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease. They are also the highest natural source of selenium which makes it an ideal food for strengthening the immune system and helping to reduce the risk of breast, esophageal, liver, stomach, prostate, and colon cancers. Selenium is also vital for thyroid gland function and for helping to prevent blood clotting and coronary artery disease.
Almonds strengthen nerves and bones
Cashews are high in protein and are a rich source of vitamin B-complex and essential minerals such as iron, selenium, zinc, and copper. They are also packed with anti-cancer compounds called proanthocyanidins that have the ability to starve tumors and stop cancer cells from dividing.
Cashews are highly beneficial for lowering blood pressure, preventing heart attacks, preventing gallstones, reducing the frequency of migraines, providing energy boosts, strengthening bones, and promoting healthy skin and hair. Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and contain a high amount of oleic acid, which is a heart healthy monounsaturated fat that is great for the cardiovascular system.
They are also excellent for the nervous system and they are known help keep muscles and nerves relaxed and free from tension and constriction.
They are also good for overall eye health and they contain a bioflavonoid called zea-xanthin that helps to prevent age-related macular degeneration. For the maximum health benefits try to find raw ca