Did you know that certain foods have the potential to reduce stress, and leave you feeling more relaxed overall, after eating them? It’s true! This granola recipe includes three of those foods, including berries, nuts, and oats.
Strawberries contain a high concentration of vitamin C. This antioxidant has been shown to lessen stress. Nuts meanwhile, and more specifically cashews, are a good source of zinc, which can help to alleviate anxiousness and depression. Lastly, oats increase serotonin production; AKA the feel-good chemical in your brain.
Make a batch of this granola and take it to work with you throughout the week, or better yet, pack it up, get outside and enjoy a bit of nature for maximum relaxation benefits.
Dried Strawberry Coconut Oil Granola (6-8 Servings)
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup almonds
- ¼ cup cashews
- ½ cup macadamia nuts
- ½ cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
- To make the strawberries: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the strawberries on the paper, and bake for approximately 2 hours, flipping at least once, or until dry. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- To make the granola: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Place the oats, nuts, and coconut on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and set aside. In a small saucepan set over medium heat (or in the microwave, if you prefer), heat the coconut oil, honey, and sugar just until melted. Stir in the salt, spices, and vanilla extract. Pour the coconut oil mixture over the oats and nuts, and toss to coat. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until crisp and dry. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Break into clusters or bite-size pieces.
- Mix the strawberries with the granola, and store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Have you ever made your own homemade granola?