Paleo Cranberry Orange Granola ~ Gluten Free, Dairy Free,

Paleo Cranberry Orange Granola ~ Gluten Free, Dairy Free,

 This Granola recipe is quite the power house of healthy seeds!

Read on to find out about them!

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Chia Seeds:

Chia seeds were originally grown by the Aztecs of Mesoamerica between 1500 and 900 B.C and are thought to have been used as a food source as early as 3500 B.C.

Chia Seeds are described and pictured in two of the Aztec peoples codices these codices were created between 1540 and 1585. the Mendoza Codex and the Florentine Codex. Both codices describe and picture Chia Seeds and the way they were used by the Aztec. The Mendoza Codex indicates that the chia seed plant was widely cultivated and given as tribute. Similar to cacao, chia seeds where also used as currency.

 

Chia seeds have:
~ 3 times the iron of spinach
~ 5 times the calcium of milk
~ 2 times the potassium of bananas
~ 2 times the protein of any other seed or grain

And
~ 3 times the antioxidant potency of blueberries

 

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Hemp Hearts:

Hemp was one of the earliest known plants to be grown and harvested by humans and has been recorded as far back as 12,000 years ago!

Hemp & marijuana both come from the same plant, but there is a difference between the edible hemp and the one you can smoke.

The difference is in the way the plant is used and which parts of it are used:

 The term hemp normally refers to the industrial/commercial use of the stalks & seeds of the cannabis plants for fabric, food, paper, body care products and building materials and This kind is required to have less than 0.03% THC content.

 

Now the difference with marijuana, is the use of smoking the cannabis flowers and refers to the medicinal, recreational, or spiritual use of the plant. The flowers are the part of the plant that contain the THC (the substance that produces the high)  and have a typical range of THC that is 7-20% (or more!)

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All of hemp’s edible forms begin with hulled hemp seeds (aka hemp hearts).

These amazing seeds are considered a whole food that are vegan, gluten free, free of sugar, trans-fats, cholesterol, and THC.

There also safe for people how have nuts allergies.

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What makes them so healthy?

~~~Protein~~~

 These amazing little seeds are packed with it and are one of highest sources of complete protein of any plant-based food, they contain all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids ~that our bodies can only get through the food we eat.  Which makes these little seeds perfect for vegans and vegetarians.  The protein they have is also highly digestible and easily absorbed by our body.

~~~~Essential Fatty Acids~~~~

  Hemp seeds are one of the plant world’s best sources for two of the most important fats for your health omega-6 linoleum acid and omega-3 linolenic acid as well as other essential fatty acids (EFAs) and to top it off they are delivered in a perfect 3:1 ratio.  Now these omega’s are two of the most important fatty acids for you health because they help fight food cravings are great for hydrating your skin, they help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, Alzheimers, and arthritis.

~~~Vitamins and Minerals~~~

Hemp seeds contain a multitude of vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B3, B5, D, and E.  They’re an excellent source of iron (2-3mg!) they also have phytosterols and trace minerals, there a great source for dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium as well.

~~~~Phytonutrients~~~~

Phytonutrients are the elements found in plants that help protect from disease and hemp hearts are a rich source for them and help us protect our immunity as well as our bloodstream, tissues, skin, cells, organs and mitochondria.

 

 These two power house seeds make this granola recipe a great choice for your health and it tastes amazing!

 Have it with your favorite non~dairy milk or make a parfait out of it for breakfast!

Either way you and your body are going to love this Granola!

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Cranberry Orange Granola

Makes about 3 Cups

Cranberry Orange Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/3 Cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/3 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Zest
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray non~stick cooking spray in a square glass baking dish, Set aside.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and Stir to evenly coat with honey and combine everything together.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Make sure to scrape everything out of the mixing bowl and lightly press the granola into the pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-20 minutes, stirring once or twice after 10 minutes. Check periodically after the 10 minutes, to make sure it's not burning.
  • The granola should be an overall rich, golden color when it's done.
  • Remove from oven, stir, and let cool completely on a wire rack. It will harden as it cools. Break it up or cut it up with a knife, into bite-size pieces and store in an airtight container or jar with a lid for up to one week to preserve the crunchiness, but mine has lasted two weeks easy.
  • Serve with your favorite non-dairy milk, Almond milk is our favorite, or layer with a non~Dairy yogurt for a yummy parfait.
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