This paleo granola is vegan, gluten free and rich in omega-3 fatty acids thanks to the walnuts and hemp hearts. It can be made in a slow cooker or in the oven and is delicious with coconut milk or nut milk.
A convenient snack or nourishing breakfast, this paleo granola will give you the protein and energy you need to rev up your metabolism and keep your body fueled for success!
What makes this paleo granola so healthy?
Health benefits of turmeric
- Turmeric is a yellow spice used in Indian curries. It contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound that is being studied as a possible addition to chemotherapy treatments for fighting cancer. In animal studies, turmeric and curcumin stopped tumour growth in head and neck cancers, breast, liver, colon and prostate cancers.
- There are some studies that suggest curcumin could interfere with cancer treatments. It’s best to include turmeric in cooking but avoid taking curcumin supplements during treatment.
- Turmeric may play a role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. This spice has compounds that block the formation of plaques in the brain. It may also help prevent and manage inflammation and pain in arthritis.
Health benefits of walnuts
- Walnuts are higher in antioxidants than any other nut. They also contain plant sterols that lower inflammation and potentially improve cholesterol levels.
- Eating nuts as part of heart-healthy diet helps lower bad LDL cholesterol, reducing heart disease risk. Nuts are rich in L-arginine, a compound that prevents blood clots and improves the flexibility of the lining of your arteries.
- Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, with ¼ cup providing 100% of the omega-3s most people need in a day.
- Walnuts may lower inflammation and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, helping reduce the risk of heart disease. They are also rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that may help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries, lowering the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack.
- In most foods, vitamin E is in the form of alpha-tocopherol, but the type of vitamin E in walnuts is in the more rare form called gamma-tocopherol. Gamma-tocopherol may help protect against heart disease, particularly in men. The anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E may help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Health benefits of hemp seeds
- Hemp seeds are an excellent source of omega-3s which help lower inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids are often lacking in the North American diet. These fats have anti-inflammatory effects and reduce the amount of clotting in the blood.
- Hemp hearts are also high in fibre and a source of protein. Protein is the most satisfying nutrient, helping you feel full for longer. Digesting protein also burns more calories than digesting fat or carbohydrates does.
- Hemp seeds are high in magnesium, a mineral that helps control blood sugar and blood pressure and is needed for healthy bones.
Paleo Granola with Turmeric and Hemp Hearts
- 2 cups walnuts chopped
- 1 cup almonds chopped
- 1 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup pepitas
- 2 tbsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup natural almond butter (or other nut or seed butter)
- 2 tbsp raw honey (optional)
- 1/4 cup dried figs (or other dried fruit, unsweetened)