Friday, March 28, 2014

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

How many times have you gone to the grocery store wanting that little bit of crunch to add either to your yogurt or on top of your fresh fruit.  So your scanning the boxes of granola only to find each one of them fill with a ton of sugar.  This recipe allows you that crunch without the sugar plus your getting a good amount of fiber from the flaxseed.

Homemade Granola


  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until evenly blended.  Press mixture into a baking pan and bake for 40 minutes.  Enjoy 1/2 cup as a superfood snack.

Benefits of flaxseeds

1- flax seeds is a great source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, be sure to start slow (say, with a half-teaspoon) and build up. Otherwise, you may experience bloating.

2- flax seeds is a plant source of omega-3. Once again, most Americans are short on their omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids ("essential" meaning they must be consumed because our bodies don’t make them) play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body.

3- flax seeds contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.

As if this wasn’t enough, flax seeds has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons. And flax can normalize the menstrual cycle by supporting the second phase.

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