Cacao Crunch Granola

I love eating granola. The crunchy texture and sweetness of it can be hard to resist but, the truth is, that most of the ones you find at the store are full of sugar; that’s why I like making mine at home.

I usually improvise with whatever I find around my kitchen but this combination never fails. To me the salt is one of the key ingredients for making a delicious granola and the maca powder also gives it an interesting flavor while adding its super hormonal balancing powers into the mix.

What I’m trying to say is that you can follow this recipe exactly as it is or you can also get creative and play around with the ingredients that you have at home, just keep a similar ratio!

You can eat my cacao-crunch granola by itself, with coconut yogurt, fruits, cashew milk or whatever you want! I love eating it with peaches and berries in the summer… Yummy!

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Serves: 6                  Prep Time: 10 min.                  Cooking time: 15 min.                  Total: 25 min.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/3 cup natural maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder
  • 2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 handful raw almonds
  • 1 handful goji berries
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Directions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  • Soak the goji berries in filtered water while you prep the rest.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl with a spoon.
  • Add the maple syrup while still mixing with the spoon making sure that the whole mix is covered with the sweetener.
  • Place the mix in a baking sheet and bake for 10 min.
  • In the mean time drain the goji berries.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven, move the granola around and add the goji berries on top (we add them towards the end so they don’t burn)
  • Cook for 5 more min.
  • Take the baking sheet out and let the granola rest for 5-10 min. before putting in a sealed glass container that you can keep on the fridge for maximum freshness.