The sweet smell of granola baking in the oven is enough to make anyone feel happy and hot!Even better – knowing the ingredients in your granola are wholesome, rich, and pure. My favourite kind of granola is nothing short of one that is homemade. Of course, being the month of February, love is in the air. That being said, something sweet and chocolaty with a hint of red is definitely in store! With the range of goodness offered by Mum’s Originals Superfoods, there’s more than enough goodies to choose from to make this steamy batch of granola.
With the heart in mind this month (and not only for health) I made sure each ingredient was picked with total love and care!
Oats – Oats are rich in fiber and are excellent for reducing cholesterol and provide long lasting energy (a perfect way to start the day with your Valentine)
Coconut Sugar – Low glycemic, slow burning and just perfectly sweet. You can’t get much better than this!
Goji Berries – Tender, juicy, red and filled with antioxidants, fiber and protein. The perfect boost!
Cacao (aka chocolate) – Need I say more? Magnesium, calcium and the best source of energy, ahem, and a natural aphrodisiac.
Coconut Oil – Rich, creamy, and sweet, it makes everything taste delicious. It can be used anywhere on your body too! (Hint, hint)
Banana Powder – Did you know that bananas are full of B vitamins? It helps keep those sex hormones alive!
Hemp Seeds – Shaped like hearts, these little guys loaded with heart healthy omega 3’s and fiber
Sea Salt – We all need a little salt in our diet. It makes the sweet sweeter!
Cinnamon – Sweet, delectable, and spicy cinnamon is great for balancing blood sugar and just makes everything taste good. And it adds a little kick when you need it.
Sweet Loving Granola!
1 cup quick oats
2 tbsp oat flour
1 tbsp banana
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp roasted hemp seeds
1 tbsp coconut cacao clusters
2 tbsp goji berries
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
2. Combine the oats, oat flour, banana, coconut sugar, coconut oil in a bowl and combine until the coconut oil is melted in.
3. Bake in oven for 15 minutes, stirring once part way through. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
4. Place baked oats in a large bowl and combine with hemp seeds, cacao clusters, goji berries, cinnamon and sea salt.
This Goji Granola, filled with natural boosters and energy-infused ingredients, is a flawless way to begin your Valentine’s Day to keep you and your sweetie invigorated and juiced up into the evening. Try it as a surprise Breakfast-in-Bed, and hopefully what follows next is as hot as the granola!
You can get more delicious knowledge by checking out Marni’s Weekday Meal Planning e-book, available here: http://marniwasserman.com/ebooks/
Simply said, Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy eating. Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist and founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop located in midtown Toronto where she teaches her signature cooking classes, and offers collaborative workshops and urban retreats. She is also the Author of Fermenting for Dummies and Plant-Based Diet For Dummies. Marni has also made several media appearances on CBC, CHCH and Newstalk 1010 and has articles in Toronto Star, Huffington Post and Chatelaine Magazine. Marni uses passion and experience to educate individuals on how to adopt a realistic plant-based diet that is both simple and delicious.
For more information, check out her website at www.marniwasserman.com.