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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Super Food Saturday- Grainless Granola

I got this recipe from my sister-in-law Cindy on my recent visit to Dallas. Like me she is working to eat healthy. I loved this when I tried it and made it when I got home. It takes great mixed with yogurt or with plain Kefir, which is what I have pictured.  I changed up her recipe a bit. Her's had 1 1/2 teaspoons of Stevia. I did not think I needed it. I also increased the cinnamon because I liked a stronger cinnamon flavor.  I also added the raisins to my recipe which may be why I did not need the stevia.  You can add any dried fruit you like. Just be sure to add it after the granola comes out of the oven.

 2 cups nuts ( any combination of walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts etc.)
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon grated ginger or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 egg white
3/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Melt coconut oil over low heat. Take off of heat and stir in spices and vanilla.  Chop the nuts in a blender or food processor. Add pumpkin seeds to the nut mixture. Stir in the coconut oil and blend well. Whisk the egg white and add to the nut mixture. Mix with a spoon until everything is well coated.  Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet, spreading the mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and add the raisins.

Super Foods Featured: Coconut oil, coconut, ginger, cinnamon


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 196 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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