Step 1: Gather or Buy Oranges
Orange parts needed:
- the juices of 5 oranges - 3/4 cup
- the pulp of 5 oranges
- the zest of 3 oranges - 3 tablespoons
Step 2: Ingredients & Tools
- oven preheated to 325 degrees F
- mixing bowl(s)
- measuring cups & spoons
- spoon & spatula for stirring
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- cheese grater or zester
- large glass jar for storage
Dry ingredient bowl:
- 1.5 cups of rolled oats
- 1/4 cup of soft winter wheat berries (or other grain, like quinoa)
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup of cashews (almonds would probably be good too)
- 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds
- 1/4-1/3 cup of dried cranberries
Wet ingredient bowl:
- 3/4 cup of juice from your oranges
- 2/3 cup of unflavored whey protein powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons orange zest
- pulp of 5 oranges
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- dash of salt
Step 3: Toast the Oats, Wheat Berries, and Chia Seeds
Step 4: Combine Dry Ingredients
Step 5: Zest, Juice, & De-seed
I used my hands to squeeze 3/4 cups of juice from 5 oranges. There may be a better way to do this ;)
Pick the seeds and pith from the oranges you squeezed. Set the remaining pulp aside for the next step.
Step 6: Combine the Wet Ingredients & Bake
Spread evenly onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes total at 300 degrees (stirring once at the 15 minute mark and once at the 25 minute mark).
Step 7: Enjoy & Store
- If you saw my pumpkin protein granola Instructable, I mentioned that protein powder is optional. In this recipe it's not because the protein is necessary to thicken the wet ingredients.
- This granola is not overly sweet. If you like things extra sweet I would suggest adding 1-2 tablespoons of honey to the wet mixture.
- If you don't have or have misplaced your canister coffee grinder, you can grind the flax seeds using your blender.
- I toasted the oat mixture for an extra five minutes because the wheat berries were a little bit hard at 10 minutes. You can reduce the toasting time to ten minutes if you use a different grain.
- When making the recipe, I wanted to think of another flavor besides vanilla to add. Does anyone have advice for what spice might pair well with a creamy orange mixture?