Friday, February 1

Golden Granola with Turmeric & Cardamom

This granola is DELICIOUS! I had this moment of inspiration to add turmeric to my granola recipe to give it a wonderful golden colour, and I'm so glad I did because it is the bomb!
I know turmeric is super trendy and in everything these days, but this one is definitely worth trying.
Go ahead and spice up your morning! You will thank me for it later :)

Easy & Delicious Golden Granola

3 cups whole rolled oats
2 cups slivered almonds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
1/3 cup raw whole flax seeds
1 tsp cinnamon 
2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 brown sugar
3/4 cup pure maple syrup

Mix everything in a large bowl.
Spread on a large baking tray lined with parchment paper (for easy clean up).
Bake at 320 degrees F for 15 minute intervals x3 (total 40-45 minutes) - stirring between each, or until the granola is nice and golden but not too dark. 

Allow to cool completely, then transfer to a jar or container and store at room temperature.

A few notes...

*Oven temperatures vary, so check on your granola intermittently. Turn the temp down to 300 degrees for the final 10-15 minutes if it's browning too quickly, or take it out early - it will still be delicious after only 30minutes of baking. You want the granola golden not burnt at all.

* if you want granola clusters, do not toss the granola when you take it out of the oven for the final time, and let it cool completely in the tray before breaking it up into delicious bite-sized clusters.

*I don't like dried fruit in my granola, but feel free to toss in some dried cranberries/currents/raisins/chopped apricots or chopped candied ginger at the end (after baking).

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