Foodie Friday: Goji Almond Granola


Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl and Jess from Hello to Fit.  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! 

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. 

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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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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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