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Author Notes: This granola is made gluten free and grain free with nuts and dried fruit. It makes a perfect bowl of cereal in the morning or a great afternoon snack on the go. Packed with protein and vitamins, this granola has superfruit blueberries and goji berries, combining exceptional nutrient richness and antioxidant qualities. It's very simple to make but does take some time for the nuts to soak and the granola to bake. Plan to make a big jar of this during a weekend at home and then enjoy it all week long wherever you may travel. —Secrets of a Foodie
Makes 6 cups
- 1 cup of raw almonds (unsalted)
- 3/4 cup of raw hazelnuts (unsalted)
- 3/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds (unsalted)
- 1 cup of unsweetened coconut
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of agave nectar (or honey)
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 cup of dried unsweetened blueberries
- 1 cup of dried unsweetened goji berries
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- In a medium size bowl add almonds, hazelnuts and 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds. Add just enough water to cover nuts and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover and let soak for 8 hours. (*Side note: the reason why you soak the nuts is because it breaks down the enzyme inhibitors and makes it easier to digest as well as improves nutritional absorption).
- After the nuts are done soaking, drain them and add to a food processor. Pulse until the nuts resemble the size and shape of granola.
- Pulse in the coconut oil, agave nectar, vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
- Pour into a large bowl and stir in the coconut with a spoon.
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread out the mixture in an even layer and bake for about 3 hours or until golden and crisp, free of moisture. Be sure to be checking on it periodically.
- One hour before the mixture is ready, pour goji berries into a small bowl and add just enough water to cover the berries. Let soak for one hour. (This softens them a little as goji berries tend to be a bit hard).
- Once the goji berries are done soaking and the nut mixture is done baking, drain and rinse the berries. Lightly pat dry with a towel while letting the nut mixture cool.
- Once cooled completely, add to a large bowl and stir in the dried blueberries, goji berries, raisins and the remaining 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds.
- Store in an airtight mason jar or container. Enjoy as cereal with your milk of choice or stirred into your favorite yogurt. Or enjoy plain with nothing at all - believe me this granola taste fantastic on it's own as a healthy snack on the go!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Road Trip Snack