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Nutty Granola

Our family loves this nutty granola. Serve alone, over fresh fruit, stir into oatmeal, or top your chocolate avocado pudding. Want more interest? Add allspice, nutmeg, and orange zest (about 1/4 teaspoon of each). It is quick to prepare and easy to cook. TIP: frozen dates are easier to chop.

Directions & Ingredients

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup slivered or sliced almonds

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

1/3 cups coconut oil

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

1 tablespoon vanilla

dash salt

1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Mix the seeds, nuts, and coconut together in a bowl large enough to stir everything together.

3. Grab 5 dates. Remove the stem. Cut in half, being cautious of the seed. Discard seed. Cut each piece into 5 to 8 slices.

4. Add coconut oil to the saute pan. Place on a low heat burner. Stir a few times until melted. Turn off the stove. Stir the cinnamon, clove, vanilla, and salt into the melted coconut oil. Using a spatula, add the oil mixture to the seeds, nuts, and coconut bowl. Mix well. Spread on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Western Nutritional Information (per serving)

Makes 16 - 1/2 cup servings

Calories 326

Protein 7 g

Carbs 13 g

Sugar 6 g

Fiber (dietary) 4 g

Fat 28 g

Saturated Fat 9 g

Monounsaturated Fat 6 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 8 g

Trans Fat 0 g

Other: Good source of potassium, calcium, and iron

Source: myfitnesspal.com

Traditional Chinese Medicine (Energetics) Nutritional Information

Energetically, this granola strengthens, nourishes the Qi and Jing (your energy and essence), and promotes the circulation of Qi and blood. The nuts and seeds act to resolve phlegm and drain water. The spices are pungent and warming; they stimulate digestion, promote circulation, and assist to disperse stagnation and dampness.

Source: TCM information based on Leggett, Helping Ourselves.

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