Yo guyz! Hope you are having an awesome week so far. So for today’s recipe I’m going to take a different approach to my typical pre workout feeding and go the whole food route versus my typical powder or smoothie. Change is a good thing. So today, I’m bringing you this crazy good pre workout granola inspired from the Thrive Energy cookbook by Brendan Brazier. If you haven’t picked up his cookbook. I highly recommend you do that ASAP! What ever diet you follow (paleo,vegetarian, vegan etc), you can’t go wrong with this beautifully put together cookbook. It’s major eye candy with a wealth of knowledge on plant based nutrition.
What makes this recipe so cool and versatile is that you can make it however you want. If you want to make it grain free you can swap out the rolled oats. If you want to make a paleo-esque style granola you can used a variety of different nut, seeds, coconut blends. You starting to get the idea here! Basically, I took the pre workout granola base recipe then tweaked it to my liking with a few added additions!
Let’s now move onto the bread and butter of this recipe and get down to business!
Spicy Pre Workout Granola
-1 cup gluten free rolled oats
-1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (cranberries go great here too!)
-1 cup almonds
-1/2 cup sunflower seeds
-1/2 cup cashews
-1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
-1/2 cup sesame seeds
-1/2 cup chia seeds
-2 Tbsp cacao nibs
-1/4 cup coconut shreds
-1 tsp sea salt
***Organic when possible***
-1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut nectar or maple syrup grade B
-1 Tbsp ceylon cinnamon
-1 Tbsp turmeric
-1/8 tsp cardamon
-1 tsp maca powder
-1 tsp ginger
-2 to 4 Tbsp green tea matcha powder
-1/4 to 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
-2 to 4 Tbsp water
***Organic when possible***
Preheat oven to 250F (120C)
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, berries, variety of nuts/seeds, cacao nibs, coconut shreds and sea salt. Stir until well combined.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together the coconut oil, liquid sweetener of choice, water and spices.
Combine the dry with the wet ingredients. Once done, spread everything onto a baking sheet.
Aim to bake for 45-55 minutes. If you would like, you can mix and stir halfway through the baking cycle.
***The reason for the low baking temperature is to preserve the nutrients and beneficial essential fatty acids present in the nuts and seeds. The granola is all about low and slow***
The result… is spot on!! It definitely has a nice kick to it!! This would be perfect for a long run, bike or other intense workout exceeding 2 hours.
The combination of matcha, turmeric and cayenne really accelerates your fat burning potential and boosts blood flow throughout the body. If you want to take this recipe to another level! You could even add beet root powder! Have fun with this granola recipe! The combinations you can do here is endless! Yolo!
***Tip for the week is to pick up something new and challenging. Start a new hobby or get really good at some type of craft. You might be surprised where this takes you in the long run.***
That is all for now guyz! Keep rocking out your week.