March 11, 2018

Hemp & Flax Seed Granola

Hemp & Flax Seed Granola

If you’re looking for a tasty granola that’s packed with nutrition and isn’t cloyingly sweet, then you’ve come to the right place. The Hemp and Flax seeds in this granola are great sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. The sugar ratio is fairly low in relationship to the oats, seeds, and nuts. And the cashews lend this granola an amazingly buttery and creamy texture, which is one of my favorite aspects of cashews.

Though, I must say that this isn’t your typical granola… it’s a bit more on the savory than sweet side. When it’s mixed in with yogurt, cereal, or my personal favorite, home-made orange frozen yogurt, you’ll see how the granola flavor really stands out and creates a balanced sweetness. For me, this is a new take on granola, and I’m into it.

2½ cups Oats (I used Old Fashioned, but you can use Quick Oats)
½ cup Hemp Hearts
¼ cup Flax Seed Meal (+ 1 tbsp for the flax egg)
½ cup Cashews, roughly chopped
1 tbsp Cinnamon
½ tsp All Spice
½ tsp Ginger
¼ tsp Turmeric
¼ tsp Salt
1 Flax Egg
¼ cup Honey
¼ cup Brown Sugar

Flax Egg
Mix 1 tbsp of ground flax seeds with 3 tbsp of water.  Let this sit until you’re ready to use it, or for at least 15 minutes. The mixture is ready to be used when most of the water is absorbed by the flax meal. It should appear goopy, viscous, and egg-like. If there’s a little bit of extra water that the flax meal hasn’t absorbed, slowly drain it out without letting go of any of the flax.

Preheat your oven to 300°F.

In a large bowl mix together the Oats, Hemp Hearts, Flax Seed Meal, Cashews, Cinnamon, All Spice, Ginger, Turmeric, and Salt.

In a saucepan over low heat, stir together the Honey and Brown sugar for about 20 seconds. Once the honey has thinned out a bit, add in the Flax Egg and gently stir to create a homogenous mixture.

Pour the honey mixture over the oats and mix well so that the oats are evenly coated. Pour this onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 75-80 minutes, or until the granola is crunchy when cooled. Give the oats a stir every 20 minutes while they’re baking, this will prevent any parts from burning and help  everything bake evenly. To check if the granola is finished baking, take a cluster out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes, then taste it to see if it’s dry and crunchy.

Enjoy and let me know your feedback if you try this recipe!