Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Banana Nut Granola (Refined Sugar Free)

The girls do love cereal for breakfast.  As much as I like to rotate what we have for breakfast, there are definitely times where cereal can be easy and quick.  Unfortunately, many store bought cereals contain way too much sugar.  So, I have been making some granola at home.  It is not only easy but also a great way to add in your own protein, sweetener, fibre etc.  This is one is definitely a favourite of mine it works great with milk or yogurt.  
 Ingredients
  • 3 cups gluten free rolled oats 
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, agave or honey
  • 1 tablespoon palm or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed 
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, cinnamon and flaxseed together.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add the banana and puree until smooth.
  4. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly onto a cookie sheet or 9 x 13 pans.  
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes stirring once or twice in between.  If you want a chunkier granola don't over-mix and leave some larger pieces.
  7. Once the granola is golden brown, remove from the oven.
  8. Once cooled, store in an airtight container.  






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