When talking to readers about their dietary concerns one of the first things they ask me about is breakfast or more specifically, breakfast cereal. For a large portion of the North American population, a bowl of cold breakfast cereal is a normal way to start the day. Bacon, eggs and toast might be an option for the weekend but people on the go want something quick and convenient. Problem is that convenience is one of the worst ways to start your day. The content of most cereals is no better than the average cookie yet they are marketed as healthy. Many cereals will spike your blood sugar and give an unhealthy dose of trans fats, preservatives, artificial dyes, flavours and other chemicals. Many are also made with GMO corn, soy and sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Unlike most cereals, my Gluten-Free Quinoa Goji Berry Granola is high in protein, lower in carbs and has wonderful superfoods like goji berries throw in!
½ cup organic unsweetened apple sauce
2 tbsp. tahini (sesame butter — substitute another nut butter if unavailable)
1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
2 tbsp. pure honey
2 cups rolled quinoa
3/4 cup hazelnuts, sliced
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cardamom
1 tbsp. ground flax seed
1/2 cup apple juice sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup goji berries
1. Preheat oven to 275 F.
2. Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Add all the dry ingredients, except for the flax seeds, cranberries and goji berries, into the wet mixture. Stir it all together and spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
4. Break up large clumps to ensure even cooking.
5. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or longer if you have a cool oven. Stir every 15 minutes to ensure even browning, until the granola is starting to crisp up and the nuts are getting toasty.
6. Remove the granola from the oven and stir in the flax seeds and dried berries. Allow granola to cool completely on the pan before transferring to an airtight container. It will get crunchy as it cools. Makes 6-7 servings.