Granola is an absolute essential in the Healthy Luxe kitchen. It is delicious as a snack with coconut yoghurt and berries, as a smoothie bowl topper or even used in recipes. Our most recent granola recipe creation, Hemp & Cacao Granola Bars, was inspired by the newest addition to the Farmer Jo range being a Probiotic Hemp and Cacao Baked Granola.
Farmer Jo artisan granola has been our go-to for as long as we can remember. Not only are the delicious clusters of nutrient dense ingredients delicious, but we also love the philosophy of the Farmer Jo family. This includes their focus on balance and their commitment to sourcing high quality produce, perfecting taste and maximising nutrition. For example, all ingredients are roasted separately to ensure optimum flavour before being mixed… you can definitely taste the difference.
Since its humble beginnings, selling their products in markets, Farmer Jo has rapidly expanded its original range of products. Some of our long standing favourites include their Original Paleo Granola and the Maple Granola with sea salt & roasted almonds.
Being the big chocolate fans that we are, I’m sure you can imagine our response when we heard about the latest edition… Probiotic Hemp and Cacao granola. It tastes like cocoa pops only without refined sugar and no added nasties. This granola also contains probiotic, bacillus coagulans, supporting gut health and all the benefits that come with a healthy gut microbiome, such as improved immune and nervous system function.
Here are a few health benefits of the key ingredients in the Probiotic Hemp and Cacao baked granola.
The base of slow roasted wholegrain oats provides a tasty and highly nutritious start to this delicious granola. Oats are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre (including beta glucans, which have been the subject of significant research with findings consistently demonstrating a positive role in healthy glucose metabolism and cholesterol lowering). Nutrients include B vitamins, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus.
The high protein food, hemp, (containing all amino acids) has only recently been permitted in ingestible products in Australia. Similarly to oats, hemp also contains both soluble and insoluble fibre, as well as providing a good source of Vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
We think the addition of cacao is always a good idea. As well as being delicious, cacao is an excellent source of magnesium and antioxidants. Cacao also contains substances including anandamide and phenylethylamines, which may improve concentration and are reported to have mood lifting properties, which may be further augmented by the presence of the amino acid, Tryptophan, the precursor to mood stabilising neurotransmitter, serotonin. It really is true, chocolate makes you happy!
We celebrate those who are on a mission to contribute to the wellbeing of the population and encourage conscious consumption. Delicious taste aside, this is something we really love and admire about Farmer Jo.
Thanks to Farmer Jo’s new chocolatey granola, you just need 5 key ingredients to make these delicious Hemp & Cacao Granola Bars, including…
- Probiotic Hemp and Cacao Granola
- Peanut butter
- Coconut butter
- Chia seeds / flax seeds
- Honey (or coconut nectar)
Hemp & Cacao Granola bars
- Combine granola, flax meal and chia seeds in a large mixing bowl.
- Gently heat peanut butter, coconut butter and honey over the stove until melted and well combined.
- Mix through the granola blend until the granola is well coated.
- Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined spring form baking tin and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until set.
- Slice into bars and store in the fridge.
*Best consumed within a few days of making.
And there you have it! A delicious, nutrient dense treat that you can whip up in less than 15 minutes.