Yummy Crunchy Ancient Grains Granola

23 Mar

I have been making granola for years and recently discovered some interesting new ingredients to add – quinoa, buckwheat groats and teff are considered ancient grains and have high nutritional value. You should be able to find most of these ingredients in your local grocery store or health food store. If you are skeptical about these grains, I suggest you try just one of them as a new food item. What I liked about this new version was the added crunch to the mix. The recipe that follows is my adapted version of my hippie granola with added nutrition from the ancient grains. Just goes to show that we can all learn something new every day. In fact these ingredients are good for the body and the brain health!!

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Ingredients

1/4 cup quinoa seeds, 1/2 cup buckwheat groats, 2 T teff seeds

Grind above with mortar and pestle just long enough to breakdown the seeds down a bit

2 cups large flake rolled oats, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup sliced almonds or any other type of nuts such as walnuts, cashews, or seeds such as chia or hemp hearts –  (up to your imagination and taste buds – just remember to adjust wet ingredients if you add more nuts or seeds), 2 t cinnamon

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl

1/2 maple syrup, 1/2 cup pure unfiltered apple juice

Add maple syrup and apple juice to the dry ingredients

Pour mixture on to a parchment lined baking sheet

Place in 300 degree oven for about 1 hour and stir every 20 minutes. The smell is divine – reminds me of apple crisp

Remove from oven and add dehydrated apples, cranberries, etc. I also add toasted coconut strips.

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Enjoy as breakfast or snack.  I will post a granola energy bar recipe in future that is easy to make and a delicious healthy snack for a hike or office break.

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One Response to “Yummy Crunchy Ancient Grains Granola”

  1. Truly Scrumptious March 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    Beautiful photos and sounds delicious! Thanks for all the great links to heritage grains.

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