Making granola is something I remember doing with my mother when I was very young. It always had coconut, and then everything else changed – it was different every time. I think that’s probably part of what shaped how I cook. Some things stay the same, but I just throw stuff into a bowl or a pot and keep adding things until it tastes amazing.

This granola? It tastes amazing.

It’s packed with nutritional powerhouses like goji berries, hemp hearts, and pumpkin seeds, and loaded up with healthy fats. A 1/4 cup serving has about 150 calories, and packs fiber, healthy fats, iron and vitamin A into a delicious treat. This would be great on top of yogurt or with oatmeal or a banana – the molasses gives it a hint of autumn warmness that is echoed in the pumpkin seeds.

Try it.


gluten free power granola

1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup dry roasted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons shelled hemp hearts

1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1 tablespoon oil or fat of choice

1/4 cup goji berries (separate)

Preheat the oven to 300.

In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, hemp hearts. Mix well and drizzle equal parts molasses and oil over the mixture, mixing as you go. Spread the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then check every 3-4 minutes after that. The granola is done when it is an even, toasty gold color and the coconut looks extra crunchy. When you remove it and it’s still warm, stir in the goji berries and then let sit until 100% cooled.

There you go! As always, there are a million ways to do this. Switch out the molasses for honey, add pecans, take away the hemp hearts, add quinoa, do anything you like as long as you’re happy with it. I can’t wait to hear what you make of this!

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August 21, 2013


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