Foodie Friday: Goji Almond Granola


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So the theme today for Foodie Friday is dried fruit. I will admit, I am not much of a dried fruit eater- I prefer my fruit fresh or frozen when making smoothies.  Honestly, the  only time I use dried fruit is typically top my smoothies and even then I really only use goji berries.  Don’t ask me way I make the exception for goji berries, but I do.  

Goji berries, otherwise known as wolf berries, are indicative to parts of Asia and are also considered a “superfood”.  They’re packed with antioxidants and have been known to boost the immune system and are packed with fiber.  

Instead of topping my smoothie with them like I typically do, I decided to mix them in some homemade granola.  I will be honest with you, I wasn’t entirely sure how this would turn out before I made it.  I know, granola isn’t that hard to make but I have a knack for ruining the simplest things some days.

Thankfully this not only turned out pretty but also tastes AMAZING.  I have to say, I surprised myself with this one.  I had to refrain from eating the entire batch, it’s that good! 

Goji Almond Granola {breakfast recipe, gluten free, vegan, no added sugar, healthy, granola recipe, easy to make, homemade}

I guess I should clarify that the reason I was surprised this turned out so good is because I used some “unusual” ingredients to give this granola some extra added nutrition. 

Aside from it being free of gluten, I left out any added sugars and mixed in a punch of flavor along with some protein.  Yes, I said I put protein in this granola.  But how? I used vegan vanilla protein powder! It gave the granola some extra added sweetness without all the sugar.  I also used almond butter and applesauce to make it all sorts of granola-like (technical term) AND it turned out fantabulous (that’s a word in my book). 

Even if you can’t get your hands on some goji berries I encourage you to give this a try, chocolate chips work as a great sub for dried fruit….or something like that. 

Goji Almond Granola {breakfast recipe, gluten free, vegan, no added sugar, healthy, granola recipe, easy to make, homemade}

 

Goji Almond Granola {breakfast recipe, gluten free, vegan, no added sugar, healthy, granola recipe, easy to make, homemade}

goji granola

Goji Almond Granola {breakfast recipe, gluten free, vegan, no added sugar, healthy, granola recipe, easy to make, homemade}

GOJI ALMOND GRANOLA 


 RECIPE

Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups gluten free quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (add a few more tbsp, if needed)
  • 4 oz unsweetened applesauce 
  • 1/2 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder 
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries 
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds 

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add oats, almond butter, applesauce and protein powder into a mixing bowl.
  3. Combine mixture until evenly until large clusters form (some will still be loose, that’s okay).
  4. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture on, distributing evenly. 
  5. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, remove and spoon mixture around so that it doesn’t burn and place back in the oven.  Bake for another 10 minutes. 
  6. Remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Pour granola into a large bowl along with goji berries and slivered almonds. 
  8. Store in airtight mason jars. 

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39 Comments

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply November 20, 2015

this does look fantabulous! I like how you added the protein powder for a little extra kick!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    Why, thank you! ;)

CARLA
Reply November 20, 2015

Ive never ever had goji berries!!
I need to snag some at Trader Joes today and make this over the cold rainy weekend.
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    Heck yeah you do- they are delicious, not too sweet but not bitter either :)

jennifer f
Reply November 20, 2015

love homemade granola and yours looks fantastic -- I totally dig the flavor of those little dried gogis!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply November 20, 2015

Omg! I love it!!! I just became obsessed with gojis! I had this crazy awesome Rawmio (almond butter with goji and chia and some other goodies) and it was so good and perfectly sweet from the goji!

    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    Oh man that Rawmio sounds amazing!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply November 20, 2015

Love and adore goji berries. They are amazing in so many applications! I've never made granola with protein powder (scratch that, I've never made granola, period), but if you say that it works...
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    Reply November 21, 2015

    I swear it works ;)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply November 20, 2015

What great healthy swaps!!! So delicious!!!
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    Reply November 21, 2015

    Thanks! :)

rachel @ Athletic Avocado
Reply November 20, 2015

this looks so amazing! I love the addition of goji berries! This would be great on top of free yogurt )
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    It sure would ;)

Sarah
Reply November 20, 2015

This looks delicious! I love goji berries and wish my family loved them more. I think they have to be one of the old dried fruits, scratch that they and I are not fans or dried cantaloupe or dried kiwi, that my girls aren't fans of.
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    Sarah
    Reply November 20, 2015

    Darn I wasn't finished. I really need to pay attention to the themes but since I don't have a kitchen right now and I'm using recipes that I have in que and haven't posted I am kind of limited. Luckily I do have dried cranberries in my recipe today! I'm going to definitely have to pay attention and try to fit the theme better next year!
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      aelicatese
      Reply November 21, 2015

      No worries about the theme- I usually forget to announce ahead of time and your recipes are always amazing no matter what you make!

Crystal Renaud
Reply November 20, 2015

This looks really good! Pinned it for later! I love granola, I eat it every day! Like you I prefer fresh fruit and I make a smoothie every day!
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    Reply November 21, 2015

    Yay, thank you! :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply November 20, 2015

I have never made granola with protein powder before. I love the bright pp of colour that the goji berries give to this :)

    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    Me too- gojis are one of my favs for that reason!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply November 20, 2015

A granola recipe with simple, easy ingredients? I'm IN! In Thailand I saw goji berries sold by the bagful!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    That's awesome! They are so yummy!

Heather@hungryforbalance
Reply November 20, 2015

Your pictures are always so gorgeous! I have never tried goji berries before. This recipe looks delicious and gives me an excuse to go buy some!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    Thank you! I hope you get to try it! :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply November 20, 2015

I bet that made your house smell amazing as it was baking! YUM!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    It sure did!! I was tempted to eat the whole batch right out of the oven!

Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
Reply November 20, 2015

Granola is one of my favorite things to make! Surprisingly enough I have not yet bought goji berries! They are so pricey. I'll put them on my Christmas list ;-)
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    They are pretty pricey! I get them in really small bags at my local health foods store.

Farrah
Reply November 20, 2015

Yay! These look so good! Goji berries have been on my to-try list for ages! I'll have to try to get my hands on some when I'm back in CA!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    They are so good- definitely give them a try if you can! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply November 20, 2015

Love the applesauce in there. I need to make this asap!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    It is SO easy to make and SO good! Hope you give it a try!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply November 21, 2015

I have never seen Goji berries in the store. Which store did you get them in? It sounds amazing and I am definitely pinning and trying soon!

    aelicatese
    Reply November 21, 2015

    I usually get them at my local health foods store! I am sure Whole Foods or Trader Joe's would have some :)

Amber
Reply November 21, 2015

I have YET to try goji berries, I need a new granola, because my favorite ola granola shut down :( you motivate me to make my own!
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Carly @ Fitliving blog
Reply November 21, 2015

YUM! I love the idea of the ingredients you included in the granola. Especially the almond butter. Can't wait to try!

Esther
Reply November 23, 2015

Wolf berries are amazing!! I have my power drink everyday that has them in it! Yum!
That granola looks really yummy and for sure packed with nutritious ingredients!!
Your pics also look fantabulous! They belong in a magazine!
Xo
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jill conyers
Reply November 23, 2015

As often as I make granola I've never added goji berries. Now I'm wondering why not. Great recipe Annmarie! Have to share the granola love :)
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