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Cinnamon and Cacao Homemade Granola with Goji Berries

Cinnamon and Cacao Homemade Granola with Goji Berries

‘Tis the season for warming, nourishing, filling breakfasts. But still, there’s the balance between time and effort, right?! You want a healthy breakfast, it needs to be quick but you’re lacking inspiration and just making the same thing week in, week out. If you’ve already nailed your weekly meal prep for lunches, then add in this homemade granola recipe while you do that to have breakfast ready to be eaten in bed or on the go in the week following.

This healthy granola recipe has been sat on the blog since 2013 as the first recipe Kaitlin contributed. Somewhere along the lines, I lost inspiration for cooking but slowly as I regain a handle on daily life (post studies) I dug out this recipe and made it for myself. I took some new pictures and just wish I could bottle up the smell and share it with you. Sadly, I can’t. But I can share the recipe…

Buy Wholefoods Online

Every single whole food ingredient featured in the recipe – which is all the ingredients – can be purchased online from buywholefoodsonline.co.uk if you don’t already have them sat in your kitchen cupboard. Do you know what that means?! No more running from shop to shop trying to find each and every single item that you need for a healthy homemade recipe.

The best bit is that Buy Wholefoods Online is a family run whole foods company situated by the coast in Kent. The business was was set up by two cousins with a passion for organic, whole, healthy foods and a dream to make them easily accessible and more affordable. They kindly sent me some of the ingredients to use in this recipe.

What is granola?

Granola is a common breakfast cereal which similar to muesli; granola is usually coated in some form of sugar such as honey to give it a crunchy, chunky texture. This recipe uses maple syrup which also ensures it is suitable for vegans. Common granola ingredients include oats, chopped nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

    Is Granola Healthy?

    Well, I can’t speak for the stuff you buy in the supermarket but this granola recipe is really healthy – raw cacao powder is full of antioxidants, coconut oil is great for brain function and the skin, and goji berries are nutrient packed powerhouses full of B vitamins, minerals and 4 times more antioxidants than blueberries!

    Cinnamon and Cacao Granola with Goji Berries


    This recipe is super easy – it can be made toasted or kept raw and is great because you know exactly what is going into your morning meal – no sugar laden cereals or preservatives found here!

    What Ingredients Do I Need To Make This Homemade Granola Recipe?

    • 1 cup of oats (use gluten free if needed)
    • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
    • ½ cup sesame seeds
    • ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped
    • ½ cup cashews, roughly chopped
    • ¼ cup brazil nuts, roughly chopped
    • 2 tbsp coconut oil
    • 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
    • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
    • 2 tbsp cacao powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • ½ cup goji berries
    • Dried fruit, if desired

    This recipe takes a maximum of 20 minutes to pull together all the ingredients. The nuts that I use already came chopped / smashed so that saved me having to get the blender out. Once you pop the granola in the oven you have 30 minutes to do anything else you need to around the house (go shower and do your hair if it’s the morning, or do the washing up!).

    How Do I Make The Homemade Granola?

    • Preheat oven to 120deg.
    • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl except the berries, using hands to coat evenly.
    • Line 2 trays with baking paper and spoon a single even layer of the granola mixture onto each tray. 
    • Bake for 25-30mins, turning once half way through.
    • Once cooked, leave to cool before adding goji berries and optional dried fruit
    • Store in an airtight container
    How To Make Your Homemade Granola

    Cinnamon And Cacao Homemade Granola With Goji Berries

    Cinnamon And Cacao Homemade Granola With Goji Berries

    Not only is this cinnamon and cacao homemade granola recipe delicious, it’s versatile; you can use this as a breakfast granola and serve with yoghurt, or with milk in the mornings. Add it on top of your smoothies or smoothie bowls or even on top of stewed fruit for a crumble like dessert.

    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes

    Ingredients

    Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 120deg.
      2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl except the berries, using hands to coat evenly.
      3. Line 2 trays with baking paper and spoon a single even layer of the granola mixture onto each tray.
      4. Bake for 25-30mins, turning once half way through.
      5. Once cooked, leave to cool before adding goji berries and optional dried fruit
      6. Store in an airtight container

    Notes

    This recipe is super easy – it can be made toasted or kept raw and is great because you know exactly what is going into your morning meal – no sugar laden cereals or preservatives found here!

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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 15gProtein: 8g

    How To Eat Your Granola

    Not only is this cinnamon and cacao homemade granola recipe delicious, it’s versatile; you can use this as a breakfast granola and serve with yoghurt, or with milk in the mornings. Add it on top of your smoothies or smoothie bowls or even on top of stewed fruit for a crumble like dessert.


    This easy granola recipe can also make a great gift idea in time for Christmas; simply divide between jars, cover the top with brown paper and tie over brown string. Attach a tag with your handwritten message for a final personal touch!

    Kaitlin

    My name is Kaitlin and I’ve featured some healthy, easy recipes on Elle’s blog. I’m passionate about eating clean, and being the best we possibly can be through healthy eating and regular exercise – I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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    8 Comments

    1. December 11, 2019 / 15:48

      This looks delicious!!

      • Elle
        Author
        December 14, 2019 / 15:00

        thanks Ali 🙂

    2. Sammiey Olsen
      December 15, 2013 / 09:22

      Just came across your blog on Pinterest and I love it :)Newest bloglovin follower.This granola posted by Kaitlin looks delicious. I'll be on the hunt for goji berries on my next grocery trip!xx Sammieyraindropsandkisses.blogspot.com

      • Elle Linton
        December 16, 2013 / 23:36

        Hey Sammiey 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and for following on Bloglovin' …I will be sure to check out your blog now and will follow back on bloglovin' 🙂 Look forward to getting to know you! Elle 🙂 x

    3. *CaNdY FiT*
      December 12, 2013 / 21:52

      Looks yummy!

      • Elle Linton
        December 13, 2013 / 22:05

        Doesn't it just :DMmmmm! Elle 🙂 x

    4. jillconyers
      December 6, 2013 / 13:41

      I LOVE granola and this looks delicious! I never thought to add goji berries. Great addition!

      • Elle Linton
        December 6, 2013 / 19:37

        I've been living on porridge for weeks now which is not very exciting! So I am looking forward to giving this a go…it'll be the first granola I ever make! haha! 😀 …let us know what you think!

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