Clean Eating Coconut and Pecan Granola with Goji Berries…a clean eating recipe made with real food ingredients and it’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no refined sugar.
This Coconut and Pecan Granola with Goji Berries is made with clean, real food ingredients that both adults and children will love.
I try to make some version of homemade granola at least once a week because between my husband and two boys, they can eat an entire batch in one breakfast.
They all have their favorites.
Both my boy’s favorite is my Homemade Peanut Butter Granola and this Coconut and Pecan Granola with Goji Berries has turned out to be my husband’s favorite.
I opted for goji berries instead of the usual cranberries that you usually see in granola recipes for a couple of reasons.
First, I don’t really like to use cranberries because they are too sweet and usually have added sugar.
Second, because goji berries are so much more nutritious than cranberries.
And because I don’t want to alter the nutrients in the goji berries by heating them in the oven, I wait until the granola is ready then add them in to the cooked granola.
Here’s a really long list of ingredients in a similar highly processed store-bought brand:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Back To Nature Cranberry Pecan Granola
Ingredients: Oats Rolled Whole Grain, Wheat Flakes Whole, Sugar, Cane Juice Evaporated, Rice Crisp (Rice Flour, Cane Juice Evaporated, Salt, Soy Lecithin), Cranberries Dried, Safflower Oil, Expeller Pressed Organic, Pecans, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Pears Juice Concentrate, Glycerine, Whey, from Milk, Apples Dried, Maltodextrin, Made from (Corn, Non GMO), Maple Syrup, Coconut Dried, Peaches Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Vitamin E, Maple Extract, Flavors Natural, Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Iron Reduced, Niacin Vitamin B3, Thiamine Mononitrate Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid Vitamin B9, Riboflavin Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Vitamin B6 (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “C”
While there is definitely worse options, it does contain a lot of ingredients, added synthetic (man-made) vitamins and minerals and is not vegan or gluten-free.
Also, because a lot of the ingredients aren’t organic, they very likely have been treated with pesticides:
- cranberries – can contain up to 13 different pesticides
- pineapples – can contain up to 47 different pesticides
- peaches – can contain up to 62 different pesticides
- pears – can contain up to 40 different pesticides
- pineapple – can contain up to 6 different pesticides
This healthier homemade version in only vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no refined sugars, but you also have control over the ingredients which means you can avoid pesticides and unnecessary additives.
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- provides significant fiber
- helps control blood sugar levels
- can reduce hypertension and high blood pressure
- increases appetite control hormones
- lowers bad cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cups contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Sesame Seeds (Tahini):*
- high in calcium at 35% RDA
- excellent anti-oxidant
- lowers cholesterol
- reduces inflammation
- high in phytosterol
5 Fast Facts About Cinnamon:*
- contains anti-inflammatory properties
- helps to control blood sugar
- excellent source of manganese and iron
- can help to lower bad cholesterol
- aids in eliminating migraine headaches
5 Fast Facts About Pecans:*
- contains naturally occurring anti-oxidants
- helps to lower cholesterol
- high quality source of protein
- contains more 19 vitamins and minerals
- excellent source of vitamin E
5 Fast Facts About Goji Berries:*
- high concentration of anti-oxidants
- contains 21 trace minerals
- contains 18 amino acids
- high in essential fatty acids
- contains 13% more protein than whole wheat
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Flakes:*
- 2 tablespoons contain 4.6 g RDA of dietary fiber
- healthy source of medium-chain fatty acids
- can help to decrease cholesterol
- high in lauric acid
- excellent source of manganese at 60% RDA and iron at 11% RDA
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Tip #1: I like to store my granola in glass mason jars with BPA-free lids to keep it fresh.
Tip #2: I used the large coconut flakes but you can use the smaller/shredded ones if you prefer smaller pieces.
Tip #3: I used maple syrup as the sweetener, but you could use whatever sweetener you prefer (raw honey, coconut nectar, etc).
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