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goji berry granola

One batch of this homemade goji berry granola in the oven and your house will smell like the best corner bakery.  Even better, you don’t have to be a master chef to impress your friends and family with this one.  Simply plan ahead to make sure you have the ingredients on hand then you can whip up a batch of this deliciously fulfilling granola and let it cook while you do some work, clean the house or just sit back with a good book and enjoy the aroma.  Once it’s cooked, cooled and ready to go, you can nibble on the large pieces straight off the pan or pour some into a bowl with a little almond milk.  It also makes for a great holiday gift in lieu of holiday cookies.  Just put some in a mason jar with a cute ribbon and a tag.  Who needs Pinterest?  You’ve got this.

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Let’s talk a little about the ingredients.  They are very forgiving!  As long as you stick pretty closely to total measurement per category (nuts/seeds or spices) you can add more of one or less of another.  Maybe you swap in something different altogether!  Same goes for the spices; if you don’t like ginger, add extra cinnamon or try some nutmeg instead.  I used to make a granola that was pretty heavy on the ginger but my kids wouldn’t eat it.  So I decided to create a recipe their tastebuds will support.  Adding the peanut butter (and really, any nut/seed butter will do) seems to increase the yum factor for the kiddos, too.  

As for the add-ins that make this goji berry granola extra special, we opt for cacao nibs and goji berries.  Neither one adds much sugar but both add an antioxidant punch.  The chewiness of the goji berries are the perfect complement to the crunch of the cacao nibs.  The health benefits of cacao nibs and goji berries far outweigh their price.  We find that Thrive Market is a cost-effective place to buy these superfoods.   In fact, there’s so much good stuff in those little nuggets that we would like to share with you, that we think a separate post might be in order!  

Homemade Goji Berry Granola
Serves 12
This satifying granola makes a delicious breakfast or snack. We keep it stored in a large mason jar in the pantry for up to two weeks...if it lasts that long.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
355 calories
32 g
0 g
24 g
8 g
10 g
73 g
116 g
13 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
73g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355
Calories from Fat 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g
37%
Saturated Fat 10g
48%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 116mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 32g
11%
Dietary Fiber 5g
21%
Sugars 13g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
7%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw almonds, chopped
  2. 1/2 cup raw cashews, chopped
  3. 1/4 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
  4. 1/4 cup pepitas
  5. 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  6. 1/4 cup ground flax
  7. 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  8. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  9. 1/2 cup raw honey
  10. 2 tbsp peanut butter
  11. 1 tsp vanilla
  12. 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  13. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  14. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  15. 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  16. 1/4 cup dried goji berries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275 drgrees.
  2. Line a rimmed, rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Mix dry ingredients (except spices, cacao nibs and goji berries) into large bowl.
  4. Heat coconut oil, honey, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a small saucepan over low heat until combined and melted.
  5. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Pour granola into a flat layer on baking tray.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, stirring at 30 and 45 minute marks.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool.
  9. Break into large or small chunks.
  10. Place into storage container adding cacao nibs and goji berries intermittently as you go.
Notes
  1. We recommend using organic ingredients when possible.
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calories
355
fat
24g
protein
8g
carbs
32g
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