Hemp Seed-Almond Meal Granola

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I distinctly remember my mom, in valiant attempts to improve our nutritional intake, sprinkling and incorporating wheat germ into many breakfast foods.  We could spot wheat germ packed pancakes a mile away and had to majorly increase our syrup intake at that meal to consume them.  And my mom was a fabulous cook/baker – but that was really all she had to work with back then.  Now, I am lucky to have several fun things to add (ok mostly sneak into) my kids foods that make wheat germ look antiquated (but I have developed a love for that stuff also – must be a mom thing).

Flax seeds (ground) and chia seeds have been part of our breakfast repertoire for a while. I put them interchangeably into muffins, granola, breads, breakfast sprinkles, and on top of yogurts daily.

Hemp seeds (hulled) was a new one for me.  I had recently read that of all the hot new “seeds” (chia and flax), this one packed the biggest nutritional punch.  It also contains all essential amino acids, which is a rare characteristic of a plant product.

I think flax and chia are pretty neutral tasting – hemp seeds had a bit more of an aroma.  They are reminiscent of the smell quinoa has – and smells more “planty” (my made up word of the day). Because of this, I thought granola would be a perfect venue to incorporate them for a first time.  I also wanted to make a batch that the kids could take to school, which allows nut butters and flours but no whole nuts which is what I usually toss in the granola.  I have developed a crush on almond meal/flour lately, so pulled that out to replace the nut component.  I am quite pleased with the results – the sweetness of the almond meal nicely balances out the hemp seeds.  Kids and grown up alike fully approved of this granola batch.

em eating hemp granola (1 of 1)

I will continue to experiment with hemp seeds, just as I experimented with its relative in college.

PS – no buzz included.

Hemp Seed-Almond Meal Granola

Ingredients
  • 3-4 cups of oats (I just fill a large baking sheet with a layer of oats)
  • 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 cup almond meal(flour)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried fruit (I used half dried blueberries, half cranberries)
Instructions
  1. Oven to 350 (for my oven I have to set it to 300 for 350 – seriously invest in a oven thermometer. Mine has been off by 50 degrees since I first used it brand new)
  2. Spread oats on large baking sheet – pour hemp seeds and almond meal on top and mix all together with hands or spoon.
  3. Whisk together oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt and pour over oat mixture, using a spoon to incorporate all the oats into it and then spread oats in an even layer once all of it has been touched by oil/syrup concoction.
  4. Bake 10 minutes, stir, bake 10 more – I take mine out at this point, but if you like your granola super crunchy, continue cooking, checking every 5 minutes. It still seems soft when I pull mine out, but as it cools it gets to the consistency we like.

em and matty hemp granola making (1 of 1)close up hemp granola (1 of 1)

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