Granola by Living Luxe Gluten Free

Feb 21, 2016

Granola-to-GojiEven on hectic days, I still try to eat right. It’s on those crazy days when I couldn’t survive without my granola recipe.

Featuring rolled oats, coconut oil, chia seeds, and Himalayan superfruit goji berries, it’s great for making during the weekend to be used as a weekday breakfast or a snack on the go.

Because of its wholesome ingredients, my recipe packs long-lasting energy in low-glycemic style. Plus, it’s more bang for the buck than store-bought granola.

Get on the go with this granola!


Salvia hispanica, the source of Chia seeds. Photo by Dick Culbert


3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
½ cup cashew meal
¼ cup cashew pieces
⅓ cup palm sugar
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup coconut oil
¾ cup goji berries


Goji or Wolfberry, the fruit of Lycium barbarum; photo by Paul144


Preheat oven to 250ºF and line 2 baking sheets with foil.

In a large bowl, combine oats, cashew meal, cashews, palm sugar, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Stir.

Stir coconut oil into bowl. Pour mixture onto baking sheets.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove granola from oven and allow to cool completely before pouring into a large bowl and stirring in goji berries. Serve immediately or store covered in a cool, dry space.


Serves: 6

Effort: Easy but requires over an hour for baking. Best made on a weekend.

Prep: 10 minutes plus baking time

Pairing: Lactose-free milk

Tip: For different flavor, try adding dried blueberries instead of goji berries or hemp seeds instead of chia seeds.

Nutrition: Calories: 430; Total Fat (g): 19; Saturated Fat (g): 10; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Sodium (mg): 200; Potassium (mg): 300; Total Carbohydrate (g): 56; Fiber (g): 8; Sugar (g): 21; Protein (g): 12. Content per serving. Assumes 6 servings.








Living Luxe Gluten Free is available in bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, and Pages: a bookstore. It also may be purchased online at and on Amazon.

Author Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee is author of Living Luxe Gluten Free (nominated for 2016 James Beard Book Awards for “Focus on Health” and “Photography”), and she appears on KLRR’s morning show where she shares recipes and health tips on “Delicious Dishes with Michelle Lee.”

In addition to her culinary work, Ms. Lee is an award-winning economics and business consultant who has been featured in various publications, including Forbes, for her research. Ms. Lee holds a degree in economics and an MBA.




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Try other recipes by Michelle Lee:
Pretty, Powerful, Pasta
Indian Jalfrezi Chicken




Photo, Salvia hispanica, the source of chia seeds, by Dick Culbert at Wikimedia.

Photo, Goji berries or Wolfberry, the fruit of Lycium barbarum, by Paul411 at Wikimedia, public domain.





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