Guest Post: Cinnamon and Cacao Granola with Goji Berries

Sitting chatting to friends over lunch the other day we were talking about how the ‘keep fit’ side of things comes relatively easily but when it comes to food…inspiration and creativity are lacking. We end up cooking the same set of meals week in and week out. 

Then, rewind a couple of weeks earlier where I’m sat in the pub with my colleagues (some of whom I met that evening) including Kaitlin, who it seems was born with creativity and inspiration when it comes to food. 

The final piece of that puzzle then, is this here blog, keep it simpElle. The connection between Kaitlin and friends of keep it simpElle looking for some inspiration when it comes to healthy food options…

So I’m handing the spoon over to Kaitlin…

Hey everyone! 

My name is Kaitlin and I’ll be featuring some healthy, easy recipes on Elle’s blog once a month beginning with this first yummy post on my favourite meal of the day, breakfast! 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 posts in the coming months! 

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 muesli – no sugar laden or preservatives found here!

Not only is it delicious, it’s versatile; serve with yoghurt, gifted for Christmas, with milk in the mornings, on top of your smoothies or on top of stewed fruit for a crumble like dessert. It’s also 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!

What you will need: 

  • 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


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. 

Bake for 25-30mins, turning once. When cooler, add goji berries, and optional ingredients such as dried figs or dates and store in an airtight container.

The granola is a great gift idea in time for Christmas; simply divide between jars, cover the top with brown paper and tie over brown string, attaching a tag with your handwritten message ☺ enjoy!


Vegan, Dairy Free, 35mins prep + cooking. 

I know I am certainly looking forward to Kaitlin’s next recipe! I’ve added all the ingredients to my shopping list so I can give this a go myself! Be sure to let us know what you think! 

If you can’t wait till next month, you can follow Kaitlin on Instagram for more food inspiration! 

Happy Holidays! 

Elle 🙂 x

Photo Credits: Kaitlin McMahon 



  1. 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!

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

    Looks yummy!

    • Elle Linton
      December 13, 2013 / 22:05

      Doesn't it just :DMmmmm! Elle 🙂 x

  3. 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 Sammley 🙂 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

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