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Granola: Tart Cherry Cacao Hazelnut Granola & Cranberry Nut

Cranberry Nut Granola

I quickly ran out of granola, so I did two new batches. I knew I wanted one to be chocolate, and I love Cranberry Nut Granola.

Why these ingredients Kiki?

Cacao Powder & Cacao Nibs are raw, unsweetened chocolate in its natural state. It has not been heated and retains antioxidants,  It offers copper, magnesium, zinc, and manganese. Cocoa powder, and 100% unsweetened dark chocolate can be used as well. (not exactly the same benefits, but cost less)

Montmorency Tart Cherries unlike sweet cherries are very antioxidant rich, and have many health promoting benefits from heart health, to muscle recovery after exercise.

Ceylon Cinnamon is known as “True cinnamon” is has medicinal, and antioxidant qualities, unlike it’s counterpart “cassia” cinnamon which is more commonly sold on supermarket shelves. Ceylon cinnamon is lighter in color, sweeter, lightly frangrant, and in stick form softer in texture (flaky). Cassia Cinnamon on the other hand is darker in color, pungent, bland and in stick form extremely hard. Once you have real, true cinnamon you will immediately know the difference. It’s like eating a cinnamon bun, with nothing else added.

Hazelnuts are heart healthy, a good source of folate, and provide fiber. They are a good source of copper and manganese,  which are needed for iron absorption and bone formation.

Cranberries are antioxidant rich, and good sources of vitamin c, dietary fiber, and manganese.

Why egg white? Personal choice. It acts as a binder similar to maple syrup, or honey which is usually added to granola. I eat very little added sugars in my food. I use stevia, and consume natural sugars from certain dried and fresh fruit. It adds a little extra protein as well.

I only use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oatmeal.

Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Granola

When I make granola, I like to make a large batch and then split the batch into two. I add different ingredients as opposed to having just one flavor. It just gives a little variety throughout the weeks.

For the Tart Cherry Cacao Hazelnut Granola,  I add hazelnuts, cacao powder, and bake.  While warm,  I then add dried Montmorency Tart Cherries, raw cacao nibs, and unsweetened coconut flakes.

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For the Cranberry Spice Nut Granola, I add walnuts, chia seeds, and bake. While still warm I then add the cranberries, and sliced almonds

I usually eat granola as a cereal with almond milk and fresh fruit, On yogurt with fruit, as a smoothie bowl topping, or as a quick snack.

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Granola: Tart Cherry Cacao Hazelnut, Cranberry Nut

May 3, 2016 by sweetestnovember

Granola: Tart Cherry Cacao Hazelnut Granola, Cranberry Nut Granola

Granola: Tart Cherry Cacao Hazelnut Granola, Cranberry Nut Granola

Granola: Tart Cherry Cacao Hazelnut Granola, Cranberry Nut Granola

Prep Time:10 minutes
Bake Time: 15-20 Minutes
Total Time:20-30 minutes
Yield: 5 1/2 cups

Ingredients

Tart Cherry Cacao Hazelnut Batch

  • 1/2 cup chopped hazel nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried Montmorency Tart Cherries
  • 2 tbsp Raw Cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp Raw Cacao Nibs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes

 Cranberry Nut Batch

Instructions

  1. Mix egg whites, coconut oil, vanilla, and stevia together.
  2. Add this mixture to oats, cashews, almonds and mix.
  3. Split granola batch in two even amounts in two separate bowls.
  4. (chocolate batch)  add raw cacao powder and chopped hazelnuts
  5. (cranberry batch) add walnuts, and chia seeds
  6. bake each batch 15-20 mins at 350 degrees.
  7. While still warm add cherries, and coconut to the chocolate batch
  8. while warm add cranberries to and additional  cinnamon to cranberry batch
  9. Once completely cooled, place in jars, and refrigerate

Enjoy

Kiki

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