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Cranberry & Almond Granola Oil-Sugar-Free

This crunchy granola is a good source of plant-based protein made with oats, quinoa flakes, almonds and seeds. Add to that dried cranberries and warming spices and bake it using apple sauce instead of oil, sugar or syrup.

 

The nuts and seeds add healthy whole-food fats to this recipe, and the spices add warmth, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and blood sugar balancing properties. This is an excellent food as medicine recipe for people navigating type 2 diabetes and heart disease and a great alternative granola for those following an anti-inflammatory diet.

 

  • Serves3 ½ cups
  • Cooks in 35 mins
  • Prep time 5 mins

Ingredients

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  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • ½ cup almonds - chop small
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon - ground
  • 1 tsp ginger - ground
  • ¼ tsp allspice - ground
  • 1 tsp vanilla - optional

Method

 

Cranberry & Almond Granola Oil-Sugar-Free

 

PREHEAT oven 300F |150C.

 

MIX all ingredients in a bowl really well for 1 min to be sure to coat all the oats evenly.

 

SPREAD out in a single layer on a sheet pan parchment paper-lined or lightly greased.

 

BAKE 20 mins, then stir with a spatula. BAKE a further 15mins until lightly golden and crunchy.

 

COOL completely on the sheet pan. STORE in a glass jar or airtight container.

 

SERVE with fresh cranberries and yoghurt or milk or over warm Apple Berry Compote.

 


SERVING IDEAS
topped with fresh cranberries
Walnut Milk
your choice of milk, yoghurt, Kefir
Yoghurt and fresh fruits
Roasted Peaches, Plums and Blueberries
Chocolate, Pear and Prune Pudding
Citrus, Kiwi & Pomegranate Fruit Salad
topping for a Warm Apple & Berry Botanical Bowl
with warm Apple Berry Compote
Peach, Fig & Blackberry Salad with Tulsi

Chef Hat Icon Chef tips + Ingredient Swaps + Ideas

SWAP NUTS & SEEDS use walnuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, 

 

SWAP SPICES 1-2 tsp of spice blends like cake spice or pumpkin spice.

 

SWAP CRANBERRIES for dried fruits like currants, raisins, dates, prunes, apricots, blueberries, golden berries.

 

GLUTEN-FREE be sure to buy gluten-free oats.

 

SWAP QUINOA FLAKES for buckwheat groats, oats, flaked barley, oat bran, wheat-germ

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