Mulberry & Longan Granola Mix

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Shen Calming

Mulberry & Longan Granola Mix

6 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw honey
1 cup dried mulberries
1 cup longan
1 cup dried coconut shavings
1 cup da zao
1/3 cup coarsely ground flax seed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, honey, coconut, da zao, longan, cinnamon, and salt in large mixing bowl. Spread the mixture out on a sheet pan and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan and add mulberries and flax seed. Cool on a rack or plate, stirring occasionally until granola mix reaches room temperature. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Yields 16 servings.

Oats: Sweet, warm; SP/KD. Supplements vacuity. Rich in Silicon (strengthens nerve and heart tissue).
Mulberry: Sweet, cool; HT/LV/KD. Nourishes blood/yin, calms the shen.
Longan: Sweet, warm; HT/SP. Nourishes qi/blood, calms the shen.
Coconut: Sweet, warm. Strengthens the body, activates heart functions
Da zao: Sweet, neutral. Strengthens qi/blood/yin, calms the shen.
Raw honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao, reduces inflammation and pain.
Flaxseed: sweet, neutral; Strengthens immunity, relieves inflammation, reduces pain, benefits heart, lowers cholesterol.

Overall, this recipe tonifies HT blood/yin, strengthens the middle jiao, and calms the shen.
Contraindicated in those with prominent phlegm, dampness, or qi stagnation. Eat no more than 1 cup per day.