I have been reading more and more lately about hemp hearts and the various health benefits they contain. Recently while perusing the food isle at Marshall’s (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this) I came across a bag of this super food and stuck it in my cart to try out. On a mission to stock our house with healthy snacks I decided to make some homemade granola with this new to me ingredient added in.
Hemp hearts are one of natures super foods. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits including: weight loss, increased energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, and improvement in circulation and the immune system. Hemp seeds contain 25 percent protein, 35 percent fatty acids and 27 percent carbohydrates (primarily fiber). Hemp hearts add a nutty flavor when used.
We all know making your own granola is so much better for you since you can control the amount of sugars and fats used. With all the good for you ingredients used in this hemp granola it packs one heck of a nutritional punch. It’s full of healthy fats and protein with the addition of the nuts and seeds and sweetened with a mixture of maple syrup and honey.
Serve it like you would cereal with your choice of milk (I prefer it with almond milk and fresh fruit), put it in plain Greek yogurt, or simply eat it plain.
- 5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1½ cups hemp hearts
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup cashew halves
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup raisins
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. DO NOT add in the raisins
- In a separate bowl add whisk the oil, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon and salt. Pour mixture over the dry ingredients, mixing until everything is coated.
- Put mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake stirring every 15 minutes until lightly and evenly browned and mostly dry, 35- 40 minutes
- Cool completely, ADD IN THE RAISINS, then store in a sealed container.
- Granola will last several month if stored in the refrigerator.