So if you’re like me, you’re kind of sick of the same healthy recipes out there. When it comes to granola and dessert, it seems like everything suggests using coconut, peanut butter, and dates. Not to say I don’t love my nut butters and dates, but I need something new right now! I’ve honestly become a little anti-coconut lately because of its usage overload, however I still use it for its health benefits and familiar taste…but you can bet my next rendition of this recipe will experiment with a substitute such as avocado oil if and if it tastes good enough, make it permanent! I’ve made a few renditions of homemade granola before using dates, dried fruit, and lots of honey, but it was always too sweet. And boring! Especially if you want the bar to really stick together, you’ll need to use more of honey or a texture such as dates. For this reason, I just went with making a granola/bar hybrid- although when I take it out of the fridge the next day, it definitely sticks together pretty nicely (credits to molasses).
I wanted something that would be nutritious, tasty, and provide a multitude of flavors- not just overload sweetness onto my taste buds. Thus this recipe was born! I really do not use proportions when I am making this by the way, since I taste along the way and add or take away depending on my mood, but I will be including estimates. I also make it for my whole family since we all like to take it for breakfast or snack on it, so you can start with only 1 or 2 cup of oats hah! Each person is different, and it’s up to you which taste to emphasize. So add/take away as you prefer and taste as you are adding in ingredients! It’s completely customizable.
The main tastes here are spicy/sweet from the Goji Berries, sweet from Dried Cherries (my anti-dates substitute) and Honey, a little more spicy from a dash of cayenne pepper, and sour/sweet from the pomegranate molasses.
Another note I want to make is that the addition of the Navitas Ogranics’ Superfood Blend adds 12 grams of protein per 2 scoops. It contains a blend of pea, pumpkin seed, sunflower, golden flax, and hemp proteins, as well as some superfoods such as maca, and probiotics. Usually I steer clear from these powders, as they can either taste super bland or way too sweet, however I found that using a serving of this in my recipe was a winner. I get added nutritional benefits, some cacao, and a dash of sweetness provided by the monk fruit (3 grams of sugar per 2 scoops). Not bad!
~ 4 cups Rolled Oats
~ 1/2 cup Chia Seeds
~ 1 cup Roasted Sunflower Seeds
~ 1 cup Goji Berries
~ 2 scoops Navitas Organics Essential Superfood Blend- cacao & greens
~ 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts
~ 1/2 cup Chopped Cashews
~ 3 tablespoons Pomegranate Molasses (if you want sour)
~ 3 tablespoons Raw Honey
~ 1/4 cup chopped Dried Cherries
~ pinch of Cayenne Pepper
~ 1 cup melted Coconut Oil
~ dash of Dried Rose Petals
Start by toasting the oats in your over for 10 minutes as you get all your ingredients together; I usually put my oven to 350 degrees and let the oats sit on a tray inside until I get everything.
Then mix, mix, mix! Taste along the way. If sour isn’t your thing, you can add very little of the pomegranate molasses, or completely skip adding it! I find I’m actually obsessed with the addition of this ingredient, because it totally ups the game of this granola. The molasses itself is sour with sweet undertones and it’s fantastic to have a granola with more depth to its taste. Be careful not too add too much, as it still contains a good amount of sugar and has a very strong sour/tart flavor. I will definitely be trying other flavors of molasses as well along the way (I have no idea how we had this in our pantry by the way, but will look for more flavors and types to order online).
Then put it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes, wait until it cools, store in the fridge, and WALLA! SO EASY! And not your common nut-butter-loving/date-infested/boring-granola. Oh and, I like to add dried rose petals for aroma, looks, and an extra dimension of taste.
Lately I’ve been eating this with a banana on the side for my breakfast, and have totally been loving it. It’s great for a snack as well when the munchies hit you. 😉