Guest Post By Angela Simpson
I’m sure you’ve heard it before – many of us fail to hit our recommended daily amount of fibre, and this can wreak havoc on our digestive systems. Fibre is essential for ‘moving things along’, and it also helps to keep us feeling satisfied throughout the day while we’re busy living our lives.
If you’ve been falling short, I’ve got your solution! This granola is pumped up with North Coast Naturals Daily Cleanse, which is not only packed with fibre, but also contains the valuable probiotics and omega-3 healthy fats we need to keep our digestive systems humming along as they should. Sound a bit too science-y for your liking? Don’t worry – just know that this recipe is super easy to make, and it’s far lower in sugar than many store-bought alternatives. Try it layered parfait-style, drenched in milk (or non-dairy alternative), or straight out of the oven!
- 1 cup raisins
- 4 cups rolled oats, gluten free if necessary
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 4 packets stevia
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp North Coast Naturals Daily Cleanse
- ¼ tsp each allspice and cardamom
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Measure out the raisins and set them aside.
- Oil a large baking sheet or line it with parchment paper for easy clean up.
- In a big bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, stevia, cinnamon, Daily Cleanse, allspice and cardamom.
- In a small pot, melt the coconut oil on the stove. Add in the applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla and whisk constantly until the mixture becomes runny. This should take about 1 minute over medium heat once the burner is hot. (Heating the wet ingredients will help to ensure they coat the dry ingredients more easily.)
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredient bowl, and stir well, coating as evenly as possible.
- Pour the entire contents of the bowl onto the baking sheet. Use a spatula to make an even layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven. Use a flipper to break up any large chunks and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After 35-40 minutes, the granola may still be a bit soft. Transfer it back to a large bowl and stir in the raisins. Allow it to sit on the counter until completely cool. At this point, the granola should also be much more crunchy. Store in air-tight glass jars or containers for up to 4 weeks.
To learn more about Angela, and for more delicious, healthy recipes, check out her blog at Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat.com. You’ll be able to get your hands on her free e-book, Creating a Whole Foods Lifestyle (complete with 10 squeaky-clean recipes!) by subscribing to email updates. If you’d like to connect with Angela via social media, you’ll find her in these places: