Spiced Coconut Granola

img_5552-1This does not involve measuring so if you’re a “fly by the seat of your pants” person you’re going to love it. If you’re precision person… I’m sorry.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cookie sheet

Parchment

Rolled Oats

Shredded coconut

Sweetener of choice (recommend local honey, real maple syrup, or coconut sugar)

Ceylon cinnamon (MUST be Ceylon, more on that below)

Turmeric (Yes, really)

An oven preheated to 350 degrees

Here is what you do:

Line the cookie sheet with parchment, spread an even layer of rolled oats, followed by shredded coconut. Add the remaining ingredients to taste. Toast in the oven for ten minutes or until lightly browned (stir half way through for more even toasting).

Suggested serving:

Top grass-fed whole milk yogurt (with no added sugar and live bacteria strains) with chia seeds, bee pollen, flax meal, your freshly made granola, banana with a sprinkle of more ceylon cinnamon or ground cardamom.

*garnished in photo with nasturtiums- which yes, are edible and nutritious!

Why is this good for you?

REAL yogurt that does not have added sugar and DOES have healthy gut bacteria will boost your gut flora (therefore immune system and digestion are aided). Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3s, iron, protein, calcium, and antioxidants. Bee pollen is a nutrient jackpot; filled with enzymes, fatty acids, carotenoids (the good stuff like lutein, lycopene, and carotene; found typically in yellow/orange/red vegetables and fruit or those pretty nasturtiums I mentioned), and bioflavonoids (photochemical that boosts the action of vitamin C!). It’s also an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Flax is a great source of protein, lignans (antioxidant that boosts immunity and balances hormones), magnesium, thiamine, and omega-3s. I use ground flax meal as there is evidence that it has more bioavailability than whole flax seeds. In addition to being tasty, the granola has the benefit of containing oats (protein and fiber) and health boosting spices. Ceylon cinnamon (which is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, improves insulin function, and regulates hormones. If you use Cassia cinnamon (hint: if your cinnamon does not say it’s Ceylon, it is Cassia. Most store bought cinnamon is Cassia.) please show caution. In large amounts or frequent usage, it can cause liver toxicity! Turmeric has become well known for it’s many benefits. It helps neurological function (anxiety, depression, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc), as well as working as a powerful immune boost and gut healer. Adding some whole fruit to this bowl is a tasty and healthy bonus. In this case, I went with banana (which is filled with nutrients including potassium and calcium).

For more information on healing foods and spices please check this out.

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