This is one of 5 granola recipes I have in my "to-post" folder. It was the last granola I made before I had to leave the nest. I wanted to get pretty creative here and go out with a granola-bang. So what's a flavor or granola you don't see very often? Orange. That's right. Oranges themselves are pretty awesome. Sweet, tangy, juicy. I like them, but they don't necessarily do much for my reflux. However, in granola you don't get the full acid effect. Just the taste, so I'll take it!
Now, besides the orange, I used the ever-forgotten hemp seed! I always have a bag in the fridge, but always forget they're there! Then I use them and remember how lovely they taste and how much nutrition they pack! Per serving (30g) you get 10g protein, 10g omega 3 & 6, 13g healthy fats, all for 170 calories! A little seed plant-based powder house! The great forgotten complete vegan protein source in my option. Hemp also makes a lovely protein powder which I always have on hand! Totally clean, and only 1 source.
But wait! There is more! I also used my tried-and-true #1, always forever favorite cereal in this lovely granola! Mesa Sunrise! Flakes of nutrition goodness made from corn, flax, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth! Let's just say this granola is going to kick-start your day with a powerful protein punch (and a little zing from out friend the orange!)
Orange Hemp Seed Granola
Ingredients: (serves 6)
+ 1 ½ Cups Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
+ 2 Cups Mesa Sunrise Cereal
+ ½ Cup Puffed Millet
+ ⅓ Cup Hemp Seeds
+ 20g (1 Cup) Freeze-Dried Orange
+ Zest From 1 Orange
+ ¼ Cup Fresh Orange Juice (from the one you zested)
+ ¼ Tsp Orange Extract
+ 14 Drops Orange Stevia
+ In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, cereal, millet, hemp seeds, and stir. Then add the orange zest and juice, extract, and stevia. Stir again.
+ Preheat the oven to 320°F. Line a baking sheet with lightly oiled foil or parchment paper. Spread your granola evenly out on the sheet.
+ Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10. For the last 10 minutes, add in the freeze-dried oranges (otherwise they will burn if you add them in to early).
+ Remove and let cool. Store in a closed glass jar.
Because you all are so fabulous and obviously would love to try hemp seeds (if you haven't, what have you been waiting for!?), Manitoba Harvest is offering you a 20% off discount on everything in their store with the code: HHSweatPink through November 29th! And they are letting me giveaway a 2 ounce hemp seed sample to one lucky reader! Just enter with the rafflecopter below and I will contact the winner directly on Friday! Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents only!
So tell me:
+ Have you ever tried hemp seeds before? How have you used them or what would you use them in?
+ What's your all-time favorite cereal?
**Thanks Sweat Pink and Manitoba Harvest for sponsoring this giveaway! All opinions on Manitoba are my honest own!**
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