I have been making granola every single week for my family and I, and since I am doing my #acaitreat shares on Instagram, I decided to do an ACAI granola. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?! Granola is always assumed to be flavored with honey or sugar, and cinnamon, with some dried fruit and nuts. Thats it. But granola is so much more than that! It is your chance to throw all of the yummy ingredients you love together in one dish and make it a creation of your own. You can add any nuts, seeds, grains, spices/seasonings, dried fruits or even veggies (yes, I have seen granola with kale!), and any sweetener of choice. It is so fun to make granola recipes, and you can even make it a family fun activity. I always ask my parents what flavors they liked and disliked, what they would like to try, and simply what they want for their granola of the week.
Not only did I add depth in flavor to the granola with the acai, but I also bumped up its nutritional benefits with it and the addition of superfoods: goji berries, chia seeds, flax seeds, cacao, coconut and quinoa. Quinoa, in granola?! Yes yes yes. The nuttiness of its flavor is perfect, and I am so disappointed in myself that I had not added it to my previous recipes! It is a must from now on.
Complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
Contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.
Iron, an important aspect of a vegan diet!
Lysine, essential for tissue growth and repair.
Magnesium, which provides health benefits that include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
Riboflavin (B2), which improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells.
Manganese, an antioxidant.
If you do not have Acai, or access to the ingredient, try blended berries. You can use any combination of berries, or a single berry like blueberries or strawberries. It will in fact yield a flavor different than that of mine, but hey, its your granola, you’re the chef here! Experiment, and have fun with this. And most importantly, share it with those you love once you have finished because I promise you that everyone will enjoy it.
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