Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipes

Nut and Seed Granola: Your New Anti-Inflammatory Best Friend

July 1, 2024
anti-inflammatory diet nut & seed granola

Hey there, health enthusiasts! 🥳 Today, I’m beyond excited to share a recipe that’s not only delicious but also packed with inflammation-fighting goodness. We’re diving into the world of Nut and Seed Granola – a crunchy, slightly sweet, and utterly satisfying treat that’s perfect for breakfast, snacking, or even a little dessert!

Why Nut and Seed Granola?

You might be wondering, “Why should I make my own granola when I can just buy it?” Well, let me tell you! Homemade granola lets you control the ingredients, ensuring you’re fueling your body with wholesome, anti-inflammatory foods without the added sugars and preservatives often found in store-bought versions. Plus, it’s super fun to make and fills your home with the most amazing smell!

Let’s Talk Ingredients

Every ingredient in this granola has a purpose and packs a nutritional punch. Let’s break it down:

1. Nuts Galore:

  • Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts: These nuts are loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants. Walnuts, in particular, are known for their omega-3 fatty acids, which are fantastic for reducing inflammation and supporting heart health.

2. Seeds for Success:

  • Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas): Both are rich in magnesium and vitamin E, which help combat inflammation and keep your immune system strong. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of zinc, crucial for skin health and immune function.
  • Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Sesame Seeds: These tiny powerhouses are full of omega-3s, fiber, and lignans (especially in flaxseeds), all of which are key players in reducing inflammation and promoting gut health.

3. A Touch of Sweetness:

  • Honey or Maple Syrup: Opt for honey if you want an added dose of antioxidants, or go with maple syrup for its unique minerals like manganese and zinc. Both are natural sweeteners that won’t spike your blood sugar as much as refined sugars.

4. Healthy Fats:

  • Coconut Oil: It’s not only great for baking but also provides medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are easier to digest and can help with weight management.

5. Flavor Enhancers:

  • Vanilla Extract, Ground Cinnamon, Sea Salt: These aren’t just for taste; cinnamon is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, while a pinch of sea salt helps bring out all the flavors without overloading on sodium.

Step-by-Step to Crunchy Perfection

Ready to get started? Here’s how to make this delightful granola:

  1. Preheat Oven: Fire up your oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper – this will make cleanup a breeze!
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, throw in your chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, and shredded coconut (if you’re feeling extra).
  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a small saucepan, gently heat your honey or maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and sea salt. Stir until it’s all warm and combined.
  4. Combine and Coat: Pour the sweet, aromatic mixture over your nut and seed blend. Stir well to ensure every piece is nicely coated.
  5. Spread on Baking Sheet: Spread your granola mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet. This step is crucial for even baking.
  6. Bake: Pop it in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Stir halfway through to prevent burning and ensure even browning. Your kitchen will smell heavenly!
  7. Cool: Once golden and fragrant, take it out and let it cool completely. This is when it will crisp up.
  8. Store: Transfer your crunchy granola to an airtight container. It will stay fresh at room temperature for up to two weeks (if it lasts that long!).

Anti-Inflammatory Nut & Seed Granola

A simple grain-free granola recipe for the anti-inflammatory diet.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 16 servings (1/2 cup)
Calories 297 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup almonds (chopped)
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325*. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and shredded coconut (if using).
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, combine honey or maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt. Stir until everything is well combined and heated through.
  • Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until all the nuts and seeds are well coated.
  • Spread granola mixture evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the granola is golden brown and fragrant. Keep a close eye on it in the last few minutes to prevent burning.
  • Remove from the oven and let the granola cool completely. It will become crisp as it cools. Once cooled, transfer to an airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Notes

Serve with milk, over yogurt or by itself! Sometimes I add a splash of almond extract as well.
Keyword Anti-inflammatory, Breakfast, Granola

Bonus Tips

Feel free to get creative with your add-ins. Once your granola has cooled, mix in some dried fruit like raisins, cranberries, or chopped dates for an extra burst of flavor and natural sweetness.

Enjoy this granola with yogurt, milk, or straight out of the jar by the handful. It’s a versatile, nutrient-packed treat that you’ll love having on hand.

So there you have it, folks! A scrumptious, anti-inflammatory Nut and Seed Granola recipe that’s as easy to make as it is delightful to eat. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below. Stay healthy and happy munching! 🥰

Until next time, stay vibrant and keep nourishing your body with goodness! 🌟

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