For some time I have been experimenting with making my own granola. Since ditching cereal out of a box, I wanted an alternative breakfast cereal that tasted delicious and was whole food based.
Making your own is easier than you think
- 2 cups Oats (quinoa flakes for gluten free)
- 1 cup Almonds chopped
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds
- 1 cup Cashews or any other nut of choice chopped
- 2 cups Flaked coconut
- 1 cup Currents
- 1 cup Ningxia Wolfberries
- 1/4- 1/3 cup Coconut oil (melted)
- 1-2 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
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In a bowl combine oats, coconut, nuts, seeds.
Drizzle dry ingredients with coconut oil and roast on trays for 60mins at 120 degrees. A long slow roast will produce lovely crispy granola.
Once done return granola in mixing bowl add cinnamon bark essential oil and dried fruit. Mix well. Cool and store in glass jars.
For a plain granola omit the coconut oil and add dried fruit and you are done!
Store in Glass jars in the pantry and enjoy with your preferred milk and yoghurt.
This is a large batch and lasts our family of 5 at least a week. The great thing is that you can adjust the ingredients to your liking. Pecans and 1/2 tsp vanilla powder make a great addition too. It would however make a lovely gift!
Ningxia Wolfberries (Lycium barbarum)
The wolfberries sourced for NingXia Red hail from the Ningxia province in Northern China. This superfruit has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food and contains zeaxanthin—a carotenoid important to maintaining healthy vision. It also contains polysaccharides, amino acids, and symbiotic vitamin mineral pairs that when present together promote optimum internal absorption.1
There are a number of studies 2, 3 demonstrating the positive effects of the Ningxia wolfberry. Delaying optic nerve degeneration and reducing ischaemic brain injury by maintaining mitochondrial balance both confirm the long standing thought of the people from the Ninxia province in China for supporting our health
Young Living also produce a Ningxia infused drink Ningxia red, that is not only delicious but a easy method for the whole family to enjoy. A 60ml daily dose for adults and 30ml for children to provide an array of health promoting anti-oxidants.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil a registered culinary oil. It is important you only use a very small amount as it is strong. 1-2drops are plenty. It has a delicous flavour and aroma when added to dishes. It should always be added at the end of cooking. For more great ideas using Essential oils in your cooking visit Young Living blog for a fabulous apple cinnamon chip recipe and Flavour of Joy website and follow Chef kate McAloon use these delicous oils in her recipes.
Get started with Young Living with a Culinary Essential Oil starter kit (basic $69 premium $244) here