Dermatologist Shares a Recipe that Fights Inflammation
This granola is gluten-free, nutrient-dense, low fat and low glycemic. That means it fights inflammation that leads to many health conditions and skin problems.
My granola ingredients give you:
- Plant-based protein;
- Fiber for intestinal health, and to promote a healthy gut microbiome;
- Essential fatty acids such as anti-inflammatory omega 3’s;
- Vitamins like A, B, D and E;
- Minerals including calcium for bones and zinc for acne, among others; and
- A great dose of antioxidants. too.
It’s also delicious!
I mix a dry combination of nuts, seeds and coconut (optional) with a wet combination of oil and a natural sweetener. I pop it in the oven and bake it until it’s golden and toasty. Mix and match what you put in your granola based on what you like and what’s in your pantry.
- Nuts: sliced or slivered almonds, pecan, hazelnut (or walnut) pieces;
- Seeds: buckwheat, sesame, chia, hemp, pumpkin or sunflower;
- Dried coconut (unsweetened) — size is based on your taste;
- Coconut oil (or oil of your choice like Earth Balance or canola – not olive oil!);
- Maple syrup (honey if vegan is not a goal, or agave for an even lower glycemic-index); and
- Salt to taste.
By making your own granola, you say, “No” to all the sugar normally used in commercially-produced granola. Take a look when you are in the store next time. You’ll see cane sugar right up at the top of the ingredient list. This makes most granolas higher glycemic (and thus, more pro-inflammatory) than this homemade granola!