Granola is the perfect morning energy booster, and this one comes with all the spring goodies, don’t miss out!
Feeling low on energy right between a workday? Granola to the rescue! Granola is the perfect morning energy booster. Personally, I love munching on granola as it helps me deal with my untimely hunger pangs. And yes, I don’t buy my granola off the supermarket shelves – I prefer making it myself! That way, I can whip up healthy granola from scratch, using healthy, vegan ingredients.
I’ll be sharing my go-to Spring Granola recipe with all of you today. The key ingredients in this granola are strawberry and coconut. I’ve chosen these ingredients carefully so that my spring granola is tasty and packed with nutrition. Let’s understand the benefits of strawberries and coconut before we head to the recipe of the lip-smacking spring granola:
These luscious, fresh, and delicious berries can add a refreshing twist to almost any recipe out there. Adding to this, they have this sweet yet tangy taste that makes them all the more unique. And while strawberries taste amazing, they also offer excellent nutritional benefits, such as:
Rich in Vitamin C
Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, which is essential for the growth, development, and repair of our body tissues. Vitamin C also helps for better absorption of iron in the body. It is key when it comes to the formation of collagen, which is important for healthy, glowing skin. This also explains why strawberries are considered excellent for skincare – we can apply them externally and consume them for better results.
The vitamin C levels in strawberries also help to maintain the health of the bones and our teeth. It also plays a major role in boosting the production of antioxidants in our bodies. Natural antioxidants work wonderfully to help our bodies deal with oxidative stress. As vitamin C is a water-soluble mineral (excess of it is excreted by the body), our bodies do not store this vitamin. This explains why we need to include natural sources of vitamin C frequently in our diets.
Helps Deal With Inflammation
The anti-inflammatory properties in strawberries help keep our bodies safe from a whole range of illnesses caused due to inflammation. This includes heart ailments, stroke, and even cancer. Strawberries are most beneficial in helping prevent breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancers. The combination of compounds present in strawberries works together to provide protection against other types of cancers (oral, lung, prostate, liver, and esophageal).
Rich in Fiber
As strawberries are rich in soluble fiber, they are super beneficial for the digestive tract. Consuming strawberries improves bowel movement, relieving those suffering from constipation. The water content in strawberries is high, and you can gain maximum benefit from strawberries when you consume them raw. Also, as strawberries are fiber-laded, they make great snacks as well. You can munch on strawberries, and you’ll feel satiated for a long time, thanks to the slow release of energy due to the fibers.
So many tropical recipes across cuisines feature coconut as the star ingredient. The fantastic part about coconuts is that you can use every part of them in food – coconut water, milk, oil, and even tender flesh. Considering the flavor and nutrition benefits they offer, we definitely need to consider including more of them in our food. Let’s have a look at the nutrition they offer:
Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Low in carbs and high in fat and fiber, coconut helps stabilize blood sugar levels. When we consume fiber, our bodies release energy slowly and consistently, improving insulin resistance. Also, coconut consists of arginine, which boosts insulin production in our bodies. So, all in all, coconut helps to keep blood sugar levels in check.
Rich in Antioxidants
The tender coconut flesh is loaded with antioxidants, which helps our bodies deal with free radicals in a batter, effective way. Along with this, the polyphenols present in coconuts also cut down the oxidation of bad cholesterol in our bodies. This helps us keep protected from heart ailments, cholesterol, and other illnesses caused due to oxidative damage to cells.
I’m sure you cannot wait to include both these ingredients in the spring granola. So without any delay, let’s get to the recipe for this unsweetened (yet delicious) breakfast!
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 3/4 cups raw nuts mix and match as you wish- roughly chopped
- 3 1/2 tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened and desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup unsweetened freeze-dried strawberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 356 F
- Add oats and nuts to a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
- Pour over the dry ingredients the coconut oil and the maple syrup and stir to combine until all oats and nuts are thoroughly coated. Arrange on a bare large baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Start to check from minute 15 and occasionally stir to avoid getting burned. You’ll know it’s done when the granola is deep golden brown and very fragrant.
- Then remove from the oven and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Let cool completely before storing. It can be stored in a glass container at room temperature for 2 weeks.