After making the Maple Nut Granola a couple of times and thoroughly enjoying every morsel I thought it was high time I created a new recipe. I absolutely LOVE the taste of ginger! Combine the zippy zing of ginger with cranberries and we have match made in joyous heaven.
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Potent anti-inflammatory = LESS pain. Ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory chemicals called gingerols. Many people with arthritic conditions report reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.
Cancer prevention. These same gingerols have been found to inhibit cancer formation, specifically in studies on ovarian and colorectal cancer.
Metabolic boost. Ginger promotes heat in the body which helps to induce sweating. Sweating gives your metabolism a boost and enhances detoxification via the sweat glands. [/highlightbox]
And ginger is only one of many note-worthy ingredients. Cranberries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, organic oats, coconut flakes plus more make this a superfood bowl of goodness.
You can enjoy this with sheep's milk yogurt like I did or coconut yogurt for a non-dairy option.
I love the comfort of a bowl of granola on a fall morning. It sticks to your ribs (but not your belly, hips and thighs thanks to the high fiber content) and warms you from the inside out. It's also super yummy to nibble on mid-afternoon when you feel like something crunchy and sweet.
While I'm on the topic of crunchy, did you know that eating foods that have a crunch enhances digestion?
When you crunch something, this triggers your brain to message to your belly to start producing gastric acids to aid digestion. This is why I'm not a fan of drinking your meals. Once in a while is okay.. for example, I love a smoothie, but I don't consume smoothies for more than 1 meal per day and I also don't recommend them every single day unless you have a lot of gut inflammation you are dealing with. If you were someone with lots of inflammation then switching to only smoothies and pureed soups can be highly beneficial but it's not a lifelong consequence of a sensitive tummy.
The digestibility of the oats will be increased if you soak them for a few hours first. Soaking neutralizes any enzyme inhibitors. Just keep in mind you will likely need to bake them for double the time if you soak them first.
This recipe makes a decent amount. I filled up 2 large mason jars with the finished product. It was so toasty, sweet (but not too sweet) and just plain wonderful!