I've been travelling again this month and just arrived back from my eastern Canada book tour with my Genuine Health friends. While in Ottawa, I met the lovely Michelle, a passionate healthy foodie at a workshop I was teaching at Pantry Plus. She gave me a copy of her cookbook and I immediately fell in love with her granola recipe. I asked her if I could share it with all of you and lucky for us, she said yes!
One of the reasons I love Michelle's recipe is that it's totally gluten and grain-free. For those of you who suffer from digestive disorders, grains can be big-time trouble and promote inflammation, bloating and pain. Even if you don't have any tummy troubles, you'll love this recipe because it's nourishing, rich in nutrients, low in sugar and very easy to make.
You'll save some dollars too when you make your own granola!
*The reason I suggest you add the ground flax AFTER you've baked it to prevent any rancidity of the fats. Alternatively use ground almonds, otherwise known as almond flour.
Another option: Whole flaxseeds can be heated lightly as the phytonutrients protect the good fats.
JOYOUS OPTION: I would suggest you zest some organic orange peel (about 2 tbsp) and mix that in to the granola as that would really bring out the orange flavour!
Ways to enjoy this Granola:
Pour hemp, coconut or almond milk over top and sprinkle with some fresh berries.
Mix with a few dollops of sheep's milk or goat's milk yogurt. I buy sheep's milk yogurt from Brickwork's Farmers Market every weekend. Sheep and goat milk products contain 89% less problematic casein compared to cow's milk products.
Add some kefir -- fermented cow's milk yogurt. You can also get coconut milk kefir and yogurt too for a vegan option.
Use as a topping for your next smoothie. 4 tbsp, adds a nice crunch!