Power Breakfast: Apple Chia Hemp Granola
Apple Chia Hemp Granola
I’m always testing and trying to perfect a granola recipe. It is a ridiculously easy thing to make, and your own is always the best. About six months ago, I posted a orange-chocolate granola recipe that I love, but I wanted to mix things up a little.
This variation is more nutrient-dense—omega-3 and -6 (hemp seeds); iron (pumpkin seeds); vitamin B2 and fiber (almonds); magnesium, potassium and calcium (chia seeds)—and it also uses an apple for an extra crunch. Fruit is usually added to granola in a dried form; because the apple here is fresh and doesn’t dry completely during baking, it is a good idea to store this granola in the fridge to extend its life. Cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup bind everything together and make the flavors gel.
Make your own nut milk to pour on the granola—here is an easy and delicious recipe.
- Makes 5 cups
- 1 cup oats
- ¾ cup apple, peeled, small dice
- ½ cup almonds, chopped
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup plant-based protein powder
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees, and lightly oil or spray a rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil.
- Mix the oats, apple, almonds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, protein powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.
- Whisk together the vegetable oil, maple syrup, water and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet, and bake in the oven until crisp and dry, about 70–75 minutes.
- Let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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