Monday, August 26, 2013

Super Food Granola

One thing I have been really curious to try recently is chia seeds. I am not sure how I decided to jump on this bandwagon...probably Pinterest. They are the ultimate super food. Here is a good article about the top 10 health benefits of chia seeds.

For my first chia seed adventure hubby helped me make homemade granola. It turned out pretty well and was definitely waaaay better than my last homemade granola which tasted like burned grossness.

Super Food Granola

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup nuts of your choice (We had pecans on hand so thats what we used. I think walnuts would be delish too)
1/4 cup flax seeds
3 tablespoons chia seeds
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup honey (or sweetener of your choice--you could use pure maple syrup or agave nectar)
1 large egg white
1 cup dried fruit (we used a blend of golden raisins, cherries, cranberries, and blueberries)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl mix all ingredients except for the egg white and dried fruit, making sure that the liquid ingredients evenly coat the dry ingredients. 

In a small bowl whisk the egg white until it is frothy, pour into the large bowl of granola, and mix until evenly coated.

Spread the granola onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden. Half way through baking flip the granola over using a spatula. Mix the fruit into the granola as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let cool and store in an airtight container. 

*We got our chia seeds, flax seeds, and "golden fruit blend" all from Trader Joe's 

This granola was fabulous. It is not super sweet, but the honey and fruit adds just the right amount of sugar. I love that it has both chia seeds and flax seeds, and doesn't contain the questionable ingredients that store bought granolas have. Plus, its way cheaper to make your own! My next chia seed adventure is going to be chia seed pudding. Stay tuned, I'll let you know how it turns out! 


  1. Oooh, I recently started loving granola (thank you Mix It!), so this is a recipe I definitely want to try.

  2. Yum!! That looks so good! I just made some granola over the weekend, and added some flax seeds! YUM!