For some reason I’ve been like at oat vacuum lately. Cooked oats, raw oats, overnight oats, just GIMME OATS. Last week I started specifically craving granola and the one I bought from the store just wasn’t cutting it! I think you know where this is headed.
Goji berries are really popular in America right now, but they’ve been popular in other areas of the world for a long time. The berry is native to China and is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a number of ailments. They are very nutritionally dense and have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit!
When combined with the healthy fats and nutrients in the coconut (this recipe makes use of coconut oil, coconut chips, and coconut sugar), you can definitely award this a superfood granola. If you’re into that.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 3 T. coconut sugar
- ½ t. ground cinnamon
- ½ t. kosher salt
- ¼ c. raw honey
- ¼ c. coconut oil
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- ⅔ c. dried goji berries
- ⅔ c. coconut chips or shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Stir together the oats, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl to combine.
- If the coconut oil is solid, melt it in the microwave until it liquifies. Then pour the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla over the oat mixture. Stir well util the ingredients are evenly distributed and every oat is coated.
- Spread in a thin even layer on a cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Stir the oats with a spatula and then even out again and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the oats are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool undisturbed for 30 minutes to harden.
- Toss the goji berries and coconut chips into the granola, store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
I didn’t just choose the goji berries for nutrition though, they are extremely tasty. To me they taste like a cross between a raisin and a cranberry with a little touch of matcha. Yeah ok that sounds weird. It’s hard to describe but I find them to be delicious! They add a little sweetness and tang to this granola while the coconut adds awesome crunch and a tropical flavor. Add a little coconut milk and you’ve got heaven.