I’ve been on an egg kick the last few months but I’m trying to switch it up. That means I’m making a batch of my Nutty Crunchy Feel Good Granola!
If you saw one of my earlier posts, you know I’m a big fan of crunchy clusters of sugary granola and cereals. I love them so much, I don’t even bring those boxes into the house! Resisting the temptation, ya feel? I’m trying a different version today as I’ve acquired a bag of Sari Foods 100% organic turmeric powder! I’ve been dying to try out some turmeric recipes, and this one hit it out of the park.
Turmeric is the ‘It” girl of today’s health world. An old friend to the cuisines of Asia and India, turmeric has been used for centuries in delicious meals and for medicinal purposes. Finally we in the Western world are catching on.
Turmeric is known for its medicinal compounds called cucuminoids, the most well known is curcumin. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory with strong antioxidant properties. It is said that curcumin can improve brain function, lower the risk of diseases related to the brain and heart, help to prevent cancer, lessen arthritis pain, and to possibly help treat effects of Alzheimers disease.
Specific information about these studies is plastered all over the internet, so why haven’t we started chugging turmeric-laden foods?
Curcumin, though it is the main ingredient in turmeric, is difficult to absorb. Eat it with black pepper, heat it up, or pair it with a fat such as coconut oil to increase absorption levels and really get the most out of your turmeric!
Interested in getting a little more turmeric in you life? Start here! Below is my tweaked granola recipe for my Turmeric Spiced Granola. A little sweet, a little nutty, and a beautiful intro to this golden superfood. Trust me, you need this in your life.
Turmeric Spiced Granola
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups Gluten Free Oats (I used Trader Joe’s)
- 1/2 cup sliced Almonds
- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 6-8 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 TBSP Chia seeds
- 1.5 TBSP Sari Foods Turmeric Powder
- 1.5 TBSP cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 egg whites
- Preheat the oven to 130 degrees C.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. I also sprayed it with a little baking spray.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats, almonds, chia seeds, chopped dates, coconut)
- In a separate bowl, whip egg whites until small peaks form. It took me 3 mins in my Kitchen Aid.
- Fold egg whites into the dry mixture. Stir till all dry ingredients are well coated.
- Sprinkle cinnamon, turmeric, and vanilla and stir for even distribution.
- Pour the oat mix onto the baking sheet and spread evenly.
- Bake in the oven for about an hour, giving it a stir every 20 mins or so. You can break up the bigger chunks or not!
- Remove from oven and enjoy!
This granola is lightly sweet from the dates and cinnamon, and tastes great over yogurt, with almond milk, or snacked on by itself. I personally do not like adding any sugar to my granola, but if you’d like yours to be sweeter, a touch of agave, stevia, or coconut sugar would still bake out very well.
If you choose to save this granola for later, be sure you let it cool completely and THEN store it in an airtight container.
Not feeling the turmeric? Check out my Nutty, Crunchy, Feel Good Granola!
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