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Goji Berry Granola

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August 7th, 2008 · Print Print

See?  I am not always trying to clog your arteries.  Sometimes I’m trying to fill you full of antioxidants, from ingredients you might never have tried before.

When I was in law school, I used to stop at my favorite health food store every day after going to the gym.  One day, I was given a weird sample bag of shriveled up red berries, which I looked at with a lot of skepticism.  I went home, tried them, and filed them away under “strange dried fruit that are supposedly good for you.”

Fast forward several years, and goji berries are now everywhere.  Whole Foods has bags of them, as does my regular grocery store and every single natural foods bodega in Manhattan.  I can even buy them in bulk at my (new) favorite health food store, which makes them perfect for (you guessed it) granola recipes.

What to do with extra goji berries if you have to buy a full package?  Eat them as a snack, sprinkle them in salads, or just make a second batch of this granola.  It doubles as a breakfast and an ice cream topping, so really, can you even have too much?

Goji Berry Granola

INGREDIENTS
1 1/4 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp dark corn syrup
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup goji berries

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the goji berries.
3. Spread out the granola on a baking sheet lined with silipat, or on a nonstick baking sheet.
4. Bake the granola for about 35 minutes, stirring every 8 minutes or so. Remove from oven, stir in the goji berries and allow to cool.

Makes about 2 cups of granola.


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Tags: Breakfast and Brunch · food



16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kristen // Aug 7, 2008 at 8:25 am

    you really need to make some granola bars (for me) :)

  • 2 Kristen // Aug 7, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Kristen #2 posting – I love Goji Berries, but have never tried them any other way than straight out of the package. I bet your granola is awesome!

  • 3 Kelli // Aug 7, 2008 at 9:12 am

    What’s your (new) favorite health food store? I”ve been looking for a store with a good bulk selection for more than two years! I thought this city was supposed to have everything.  =)

  • 4 Karolina // Aug 7, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Lovely blog and great recipes!!!

    I’ve just bought my first package of Goji berries and can’t wait to try them. I haven’t thought about using them in granola, wonderful idea!!!

  • 5 heather // Aug 7, 2008 at 9:33 am

    wow!  this looks delish!  i love granola :)

  • 6 VeggieGirl // Aug 7, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Goji berries = love.

    Goji berries in granola = pure heaven.

  • 7 ttfn300 // Aug 7, 2008 at 10:35 am

    and i have all these things in my pantry!  and i’m trying to use up as much as i can before i move at the end of the month!  sounds like i’ll be making it this weekend :)

  • 8 katie // Aug 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    They haven’t made it to the French sticks yet… But I buy them when I’m in US… Tasty little things!

  • 9 Donald // Aug 8, 2008 at 4:08 am

    I have seen these Goji berries at Whole Paychecks and had no idea what to do with them. This is perfect Katie. We usually buy those prepackaged snacks for afternoon hunger pangs.

  • 10 Ann // Aug 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Never had Goji berries before… but now I know what to do with them next time I see them!

  • 11 Tony // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    my friend Jenny is OBSESSED with Goji berries.  I’m sending her a link to this post right now.  I bet she’d love this granola.  The bursts of red from the berries look amazing!

  • 12 keropokman // Aug 10, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    It has never cross my mind to have Goji Berries for breakfast! (My idea of granola is breakfast food. haha)

    We have always boiled them in soup. Or have them mixed with Chrysanthemum for a light sweet tea.

    They are really good for sparkling eyes ;-)

  • 13 SeaBird // Aug 11, 2008 at 10:52 am

    It’s been years since I made granola – this is making me want to start up again!  Yum!

  • 14 Valerie Adams // Aug 15, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Oh, when I was younger my mom used to make soups with goji berries so I only know them as savory and have yet to try it as a snack and on granola but it looks really good! Are they naturally sweet?

  • 15 katy // Aug 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Kristen — I did make granola bars, they’re coming up!

    Valerie — They’re a little sweet and a lot tart – I can eat them plain like dried fruit, even unsweetened, but I readily admit they taste better with a little honey in this granola. :-)

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