SUPERFOOD GRANOLA

Everyone's got that particular type of food that they just can't resist. You know, the one you're found red-handed scarfing down by the light of the refrigerator. For me, it's granola (also chocolate, peanut butter and pizza, but we'll get to those another time). We keep the store-bought stuff in the house pretty infrequently, because I can mow through a thing in a matter of hours. Not to mention that a lot store-bought stuff is laden with sugar. By making granola at home, it allows you to control the amount of sugar that you're adding, not to mention you can pick and choose your add-ins.

I'm all about the super foods right now, and this granola contains three, plus a whole whack of other goodies. The recipe is based on Kelsey's banana hemp granola, with a bit less sugar and the addition of the super foods. What it produces is a perfectly chewy snack with an almost buttery flavour. It really is a treat.

Mulberries are sweet little flavour bursts that are packed with nutritional benefits. They are touted as being an anti-aging superfood due to its high concentration of resveratrol. Furthermore, they combat inflammation and promote heart health. Mulberries are also a great source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber. Goji berries are very well-known for their antioxidant properties. Goji's contain 18 amino acids, including the essential aminos, making them a great snack for vegans and vegetarians. Goji berries also contain over 20 vitamins and trace minerals including vitamin C, A, B, zinc, riboflavin, and iron. That's a pretty big punch in a teeny-tiny package. Last but not least, goldenberries also reduce inflammation and aid in immunity. They contain high levels of vitamin A, C, and a good fair bit of protein.
Superfood Granola
Superfood Granola
Goldenberries, in contrast to mulberries and goji berries, are not particularly sweet and lend more of a sour flavour. I find that the contrast against the granola itself, as well as the mulberries and goji berries is really quite nice. They balance each other out very well and the goldenberries add another element of flavour. If that's not your thing, feel free to substitute with raisins or dried cranberries.

SUPERFOOD GRANOLA // Makes 5 cups
Slightly adapted from Happyolks

2 bananas, mashed
½ cup organic virgin coconut oil, melted
¼ cup maple syrup
4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup hemp seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
a hefty pinch of salt

½ cup white mulberries
½ cup goji berries
1/3 cup golden berries

Preheat oven to 400F. Combine bananas, coconut oil and maple syrup in a large bowl. Add oats, hemp seeds, cinnamon and salt. Mix until it all comes together. Spread into one layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.

Mix in mulberries, goji berries and golden berries. Store in air airtight container.

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