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Cranberries… they are zesty, tangy, and bursting with red freshness! They evoke autumn hues and a celebratory flavor. When you think of fresh cranberries does your mouth pucker just at the mere thought of them as mine does?
I have been doing some interesting reading on cranberries and I want you to know that we need to embrace that lip puckering sourness. Sour taste increases bile production from the liver. Bile breaks up fat into little tiny bits that are easier to digest, a process called emulsification. By flushing bile, sour taste assists the liver in detoxifying the blood. Cranberries are also high in antioxidants which detoxifies free radicals.
In this recipe I added the complimentary flavor of orange as well. Did you know that orange zest stimulates metabolism and reduces stomach stagnation?
Make a batch of this granola and once it is done, enjoy the sumptuous flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. Just be aware that without you even realizing it … a whole host of wonderful health benefits are taking place in your body. Sneaky huh? :)
For the spices in this recipe I used the contents of the Fire Light Chai Tea bags. I simply cut the bags open and poured them into my batter. I love using teas in this manner because you can find really unique flavor combinations. Feel free to use any cinnamon or chai tea mix that you can find.
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Yields 12 cups
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.