Recipes with ashwagandha have been famous for the health benefits they offer—but when it comes to wellness through nutrition, we have one particular rising star: adaptogenic cacao ashwagandha granola. It is packed with nutrients and nourishes your body (and will satiate those tastebuds!). Keep reading to learn how to make adaptogenic cacao ashwagandha granola—one of the best ashwagandha recipes.
Ashwagandha Granola Ingredients
To prepare ashwagandha granola, you will need:
- Gluten-free oats
- Walnuts—roughly chopped
- Almonds—roughly chopped
- Sesame seeds
- Ashwagandha powder
- Flax meal
- Flaky sea salt
- Cinnamon powder
- Ground ginger
- Raw cacao powder
- Maple syrup
- Coconut oil—melted
How to Make Ashwagandha Granola
Once you have all 12 ingredients at hand, you can prepare ashwagandha granola in 40 minutes by doing the following:
- Preheat oven to 300 °F (equivalent to 150 °C). In the meantime, use parchment paper to line a baking sheet.
- Combine all the dry ingredients (first 10 from the list) in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the maple syrup and melted coconut oil.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients—mixing well with a spoon along the way.
- Transfer the granola mixture to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Thinly spread the granola, and press down and flatten the mixture with a spatula.
- Bake for 20 minutes. (You may want to mix and flatten it after 10 minutes to ensure the granola is evenly browned.)
- Remove from the oven and let it cool.
Finally, break up the granola, and store the rest in an airtight container for later use.
Can I mix ashwagandha with cocoa powder?
Yes! Mixing ashwagandha with cocoa powder enhances the flavor of your ashwagandha recipes. As an added bonus, the health benefits of cacao powder double the benefits of ashwagandha granola.
What does ashwagandha pair well with?
Ashwagandha has an earthy and slightly bitter taste—and particular ingredients can complement this to create delicious recipes with ashwagandha. Some top combinations with ashwagandha are:
- Nuts (almonds and walnuts)
- Seeds (pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
- Sweeteners (honey, agave, maple syrup)
- Spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg)
- Dried fruit (raisins, goji berries, dried cranberries)
- Vanilla extract or vanilla bean
- Shredded coconut
- Fruits (bananas, berries, apples)
- Rolled oats
You can play around with these and try different flavors in your ashwagandha recipes to find the taste you like best.
What is the best time of day to take ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic (which means it helps the body handle stress). You can consume it in the morning to balance your energy levels—or in the evening to promote a stress-free night’s sleep.
What cancels out ashwagandha?
If you take your dose of ashwagandha with substances that have a drying – or heating – effect, they can tend to cancel out the herb’s effect. So, avoid consuming the like (including coffee and alcohol) with or right after having ashwagandha granola.
What are Adaptogens and Why Should You Be Eating Them?
Adaptogens are primarily a class of herbs that help your body respond to stress and fatigue as well as restore balance. By doing so, they can promote overall well-being. How adaptogens work can be discovered by diving to the molecular level; they regulate the glands involved in your body’s stress response. They also help enhance focus, and, according to studies, can improve athletic performance.
As such, you should consume adaptogens for one or more of the following reasons:
- To manage your stress levels
- To balance energy levels and enhance endurance
- To improve concentration levels throughout the day
- To solve chronic inflammation problems
Common adaptogenic herbs to consume are Rhodiola rosea, licorice, holy basil, and especially ashwagandha—using the above-given ashwagandha granola recipe.
Benefits of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha (also called ‘Indian ginseng’) comes with a myriad of benefits for your body. It can help you bring your stress levels under control (working against both physical and mental stressors). As such, it may help relieve anxiety. It can also help combat several mental health conditions; one study showed its positive effects on patients with schizophrenia. As a bonus, a review has shown that ashwagandha can improve cognitive function—including memory.
Recipes with ashwagandha are being loved for their health benefits (and also because they’re a great vegan/vegetarian option!). If you’re willing to try its magic, starting with ashwagandha granola is a great way to snack on the herb. The added ingredients mean you can mask its original slightly bitter taste, which is a plus point for people beginning its use.
Another one of our favorite ashwagandha recipes—especially useful to destress after a long day – is calming ashwagandha tea with chamomile.
Cacao Ashwagandha granola
- 2 cups gluten free oats
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp ashwagandha powder
- 2 tbsp flax meal
- 1/2 tsp flakey sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- Preheat oven to 300 F/150 C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Then, in a separate bowl mix together melted coconut oil and maple syrup.
- Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients using a spoon.
- Then transfer the granola mixture to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spread the granola thinly. Press down and flatten the mixture with the spatula.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, let it cool. Break up the granola and store in an airtight container.