Cranberry-Pecan Granola w/Flax

Cranberry-Pecan Granola w/Flax

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Looking for a nutritious and delicious way to start your day? Look no further than this easy, tasty and Omega 3-rich granola recipe. You can batch make it on the weekend for easy access throughout the week (if it lasts that long!). I like to eat this as cereal - only it isn’t processed and full of sugar like store-bought varieties. 

This recipe is adaptable and allows many substitutions, so feel free to make it your own!  It is naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no granulated sugar.

What you’ll need: 

  • 3 c old-fashion rolled oats (not quick cooking) Use certified GF if necessary.

  • 1 c ground flax seed

  • 1 c raw pecans, roughly chopped (just break them up some with your hands)

  • 1/4 c vegan butter or quality non-gmo oil - I used coconut oil (do not use soybean or canola)

  • 1/4 c coconut sugar

  • 1/4 c maple syrup or agave

  • 1/2 c dried cranberries (unsulphured)

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (optional)

  • pinch sea salt

  • 1-2 cookie sheets

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Instructions: 

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Add dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine.

  3. Add oil and liquid portion of sweetener.

  4. Pour onto large cookie sheet and spread out evenly. You will likely need to use 2 cookie sheets so the granola cooks evenly.

  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and let cool for 10 minutes. Granola will harden as it cools.

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I rarely snack - you can learn why and more about the importance of not snacking for most people in my 30-Day Healthy Living Program - so I eat my granola like cereal and top with berries or other low glycemic fruit. You can add a little more sweetener if needed. Store in a closed, airtight container to maintain freshness. Can also keep in refrigerator for maximum freshness in warmer months.

Enjoy! 

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