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 cashews that are unsalted.
Cinnamon has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundreds more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is a great source of vitamins A and B-complex and minerals such as chromium, iron, zinc, and calcium.
It is also very good for reducing inflammation in the body making it helpful for people with autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cinnamon also has the amazing ability to stop yeast infections, candida, and menstrual cramps. Cinnamon has anti-cancer properties and has been known to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells within the body.
Cinnamon oil is also one of the most antimicrobial essential oils and is a potent disinfectant around the home and office. Cinnamon contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties that kill microorganisms such as staph, botulism, aflatoxin mold, E. coli, and cold and flu germs.
Raisins can easily be ignored or forgotten, but they actually offer wonderful health benefits and in fact offer greater nutritional might than the goji berry which is touted as a superfood. Raisins can vary in size and color depending on which type of grape is used. They possess strong antiviral properties and can help in the removal of radiation from the body. They also work to remove DDT and toxic heavy metals from the liver thanks to the collaborative efforts of their amino acids and anthocyanins.
Cherries are a medicinal powerhouse fruit that are packed with vitamins A, C, E, and minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, potassium, and manganese. The high levels of anthocyanins and antioxidants found in cherries make them an excellent food to help the body fight against neurological diseases, diabetes, and breast, lung, colon, and stomach cancers.
Cherries also contain potent anti-inflammatory properties and are particularly beneficial for those suffering with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, lyme’s disease, frozen shoulder, arthritis, gout, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and sports injuries. Cherries are a well known “brain food” and can help to strengthen cognitive function by helping to improve memory, focus, and concentration and help to reduce brain fog.
They are also a fantastic food for cardiovascular health and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. Cherries are an excellent source of melatonin which is known to calm the nervous system, decrease irritability, relieve neurosis, ease headache conditions and promote a solid nights sleep with a balanced sleep-wake cycle.
This soothing effect on the brain neurons makes it an essential food for those who suffer from insomnia or for those who have high anxiety and stress in their lives. Cherries are rich in fiber and are a great natural remedy for constipation. When in season fresh cherries are a quick sweet snack that can easily be eaten while on the go.
Frozen cherries are also a great alternative that can be added to smoothies for a nutritional boost.
Pumpkin Seeds are one of nature’s most nourishing foods. They contain high amounts of vitamin E, B-complex, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are an excellent source of tryptophan which is critical for good quality sleep and for keeping anxiety and depression at bay.
The B-complex vitamins in pumpkin seeds work as co-factors in the body to help reduce cholesterol and enhance GABA activity which is also known to reduce anxiety and neurological disorders. Pumpkin seeds also contain anti-inflammatory properties which provide benefit for those that suffer with chronic inflammation such as in sinusitis, arthritis, bursitis, and other autoimmune disorders.
Sunflower seeds have the power to nourish the entire body. They are a rich source of easily digestible and assimilable protein which is essential for the repair of tissues, nerves, and cells. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin D, B-complex, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E. Vitamin E, also known as tocopherol, is an antioxidant that can protect cells from free-radical damage and aid in preventing heart disease, cancer, and eye degeneration such as cataracts.
Sunflower seeds are also high in selenium, magnesium, zinc, and iron which helps to strengthen the blood and immune system. They also contain lignans, phenolic acids, and tryptophan making them an ideal food to eat for those who are seeking better sleep and weight loss. Sunflower seeds have also been known to help prevent asthma, atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attack, clogged arteries, and osteoarthritis.
They contain no cholesterol and are very low in saturated fats making them highly beneficial for the cardiovascular system. Raw sunflower seeds also contain pectin which has the unique ability to bind to radioactive residues and remove them safely from the body. Sunflower seeds can help to relieve sensitivity to light, eyestrain, and farsightedness. They also are highly beneficial for strengthening hair and nails.