Spirulina Granola

Care of Ashley Sauve Find more of Ashley’s recipes at The Vegan Chef Makes 8 cups (16 servings) Ingredients ½ cup dark maple syrup ½ cup coconut oil, melted ½ tablespoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons spirulina powder 4 cups rolled oats ½ cup whole flax seeds ½ cup sunflower seeds ½ cup slivered almonds ½ cup walnut pieces 1 cup cranberries Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 325 F and line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper. 2. In a medium sized bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, salt and spirulina. 3. In a large mixing bowl combine oats, flax and sunflower seeds, almonds, and walnuts. 4. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir well until fully coated. 5. Spread mixture evenly over two cookie sheets. 6. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. 7. Add cranberries in the last 10 minutes, then remove pans from oven and let cool. 8. Transfer to airtight container and store for up to a week in the cupboard or up to 1 month in the freezer. Read More

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Food of the Month: Spirulina

Care of Ashley Sauve You may have heard by now of spirulina. It’s a trendy superfood that has been popping up everywhere from your favourite morning show to the grocery aisles. But what exactly is this mysterious ingredient? And is it really the nutritional superstar everyone is claiming? The answers might be surprising – first, that spirulina is actually a blue-green algae. If the thought of consuming algae freaks you out at first, don’t be alarmed. Evidence of humans eating algae dates way back to the 9th century, in fact algae is one of the oldest life forms on Earth! Today it might be grouped in with granola-loving hippies, but in 16th century Mexico, spirulina was a valuable food source for the Aztecs. In terms of nutritional benefits, spirulina is well-known as being incredibly rich in protein (up to 70% by weight—that’s more than double red meat), and this protein is very well digested by humans. In addition it is one of the highest food sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in the world. GLA is an important fatty acid for the heart and joints as it is a precursor to critical biochemical that mediate inflammatory and immune reactions. This makes… Read More

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