Saturday, January 7, 2012

Goji Berry Granola

Who doesn't love granola?

The store bought stuff is great in a pinch, but making your own is where it's at.

It's cheaper and healthier, no doubt. Plus, when you make your own, you have total control over the ingredients. Don't like almonds? No bigs, add some pistachios instead. Tired of raisins? How about some mulberries or dried apricots. Throw in some hemp or flax seeds to up your intake of omega 3 fatty acids.  Get crazy with it.

Oats, honey, goji berries and coconut oil.  All the stuff that was never in your breakfast cereal as a kid, but should have been.

Get your granola on and start the morning off right! 
Goji Berry Granola (Makes 5 cups)

3 1/2 c. rolled oats
3/4 c. shredded coconut
2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
3/4 t. ground ginger
scant 1/4 t. sea salt
6 T. coconut oil, melted
2/3 c. honey
1 c. goji berries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet with coconut oil.
Place the oats, shredded coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt in a large bowl.
Add coconut oil and honey and mix until oats are well coated.
Spread the oat mixture on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes and stir granola well. Return to the oven and bake an additional 12 minutes. Stir again and return to the oven for five minutes or until golden brown. (Keep a close eye. The oats can go from toasty to burned in no time!)
Remove from the oven and stir in goji berries. Allow to cool, then transfer to an airtight container.

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