Homemade Maca Granola (gluten-free, vegan, no refined sugar)

Breakfast, snack food, dessert, easy camping meal – granola has a multitude of satisfying uses! When it comes to granola I love a bit of a crunch. I love it when it sticks together so that I can reach into the jar for a cluster or two whenever that jar should catch my eye. Not only does this recipe have a nice amount of clustering, it has a fabulous crunchy texture.

It benefits from natural brown rice syrup and raisins, gluten-free oats, flaxseed, sunflower seed and coconut along with a warming medley of  cinnamon and ginger.  I have lots of different recipes for granola, but this one comes with an amazing superfood twist, bringing in some of the wonderful health benefits of maca root powder.

Maca is one of the few plants in the world know as an adaptogen, in other words, consuming it helps us to cope with challenging and stressful situations on physical, mental and emotional levels. It is very beneficial against anxiety, over-stimulation, fight or flight response and the stress we put our endocrine (hormone) system under on a daily basis. In fact, maca is the quintessential antidote for the burden that modern day living places on our health and wellbeing. So much so that I make sure that I include it in my food on a daily basis.
Read more about maca here: All About Maca And It’s Amazing Benefits

Homemade Maca Granola (crunchy, gluten-free, vegan)

Homemade Maca Granola (crunchy, gluten-free, vegan)

Yield: 6 portions
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
A delicious superfood granola using maca, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, coconut and gluten-free oats.

Ingredients

  • 200g ground oats (I use certified gluten-free oats)
  • 100g rolled oats
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 50g sunflower seed
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons maca (more if desired)
  • 100ml coconut oil (melted)
  • 100ml rice syrup
  • 2 teaspoons almond essence
  • Handful sun-dried raisins (optional)

Instructions

Check out my super quick video for a helpful visual guide.

  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 (180C/350F).
  2. Melt the coconut oil if it is solid.
  3. Grind 200g of oats in a grinder or food processor (or use pre-ground oatmeal if you have it).
  4. Mix all ingredients together (except the raisins which are added at the end) until everything is thoroughly combined.
  5. Compact down into a large pyrex oven dish (or other oven tray) and pop into the oven.
  6. After 25 minutes, take out the tray. Break up the granola and compact down again in the dish.
  7. Pop back into the oven and bake for a further ten minutes before taking out to cool.
  8. Allow granola to cool down thoroughly. It should crunch up to perfection when cooled. Break up into pieces and store in an airtight jar on enjoy immediately.
 

Where to get your Maca Root Powder from?

Check out my article All About Maca for lots of useful info about this incredible food.

Your health is important, so be sure to buy

  1. Certified organic
  2. GMO free
  3. Peruvian Maca

It might be tempting to cut corners and go for inferior products for convenience, but it’s not worth it. Maca not particularly cheap to buy, however, you would probably only use between a teaspoon and tablespoon every day. Therefore a 500g (1lb) packet could last you up to three months. A small price to pay for such healthful properties.

I only recommend products that I have used, tried and tested myself. The following two companies both have excellent ethical standards and I’ve been in touch with them personally. Here are my suggestions…

North America
My favourite company in the USA is The Maca Team. They only trade with Peruvian farmers whilst ensuring that they serve you with organic Maca that supports your health in the most beneficial of ways. I’ve used their products when I’ve been to the USA and Canada and I am very impressed with the results. The Maca Team products are very fairly priced compared to other companies and the quality is fantastic!

Check it out here:
Premium Organic Maca – Fair Trade – GMO Free – Great Prices

UK and Europe
My favourite company in the UK is Sevenhills Wholefoods. They sell the maca that I use the vast majority of the time. Sevenhills are very much in contact with their farmers, and are proud of the direct-supply line they have established, with ethics, fairtrade, organic and sustainability as priorities. Whilst it isn’t cheap, considering the quality of their product, their price is very good value.

Check it out here:
Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Gelatinised Maca Powder 500g

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