Blueberry Banana Granola

Blueberry Banana Granola

It's that time of year again! Blueberries are starting to appear in those little plastic clamshells in the produce section, and disappearing fast. But why do we love blueberries so much? Do our bodies know something that our brains aren't telling us? Indeed, our brains may be craving blueberries — for memory! A study involving senior citizens has shown that blueberries can improve cognitive performance, including memory. And memory is just the beginning! The researchers also said that blueberries may help to postpone the onset of other age-related cognitive issues. Of course, fresh blueberries are best, but what if you can't eat them all at once? There's good news on that front, too. New research suggests that freezing blueberries will not damage their valuable anthocyanin antioxidants. So get them while you can — and freeze the rest for later.

Sweet, crunchy, and oh, so delicious! Store-bought granola has nothing on this recipe. Try it once and watch your family become enthralled with granola again! Blueberry Banana Granola

Ingredients

1 cup almonds
½ cup pecans
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
3 dates, pitted, soaked & drained
2 bananas (1 whole, 1 diced)
1 Tbsp agave nectar
Sea salt to taste
1 cup blueberries

Directions

1. Soak nuts and seeds 6 to 8 hours, drain, and rinse.
2. Place dates, whole banana, agave nectar, and sea salt in a blender and mix until smooth.
3. Combine nuts, seeds, diced banana, and blueberries in a large bowl and fold in date mixture until well mixed.
4. Spread out on an Excalibur non-stick sheet and dehydrate at 105 for 16 hours (dehydrate longer to increase crunchiness).

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