BANANA MAPLE GRANOLA
When my husband told me he wanted to try a plant-based diet, I was so excited! But, I also knew that it would take some convincing to keep going as he's not a 'just a salad' type guy (me, I personally LOVE salads as a main dish).
After watching a documentary on Netflix called Food Choices, my husband decided it was time to change his ways from his go-to steak and potatoes, ribs, roasted chicken and potato salad. I'm really happy for him. I've been eating a predominantly plant-based diet for the past 10 years and I know first-hand how wonderful it can make you feel (I also know how horrible it can make you feel though if not nutritionally balanced).
So, no matter where you are in this journey of yours - if you're a steak + potatoes gal looking to reform, or someone whose been vegan for 20+ years - I'm just as excited for your own transformation.
On today's menu, we have a crunchy homemade granola loaded with healthy fats, protein, fibre and iron - talk about a morning health boost!
BANANA MAPLE GRANOLA (makes 9-10 servings)
Print recipe HERE.
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 2 tbsp. flaxseeds
- 2 tbsp. amaranth
- 2 medium super ripe bananas (with brown spots)
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. tahini
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds and cinnamon. Mix well.
- In a medium bowl, mash bananas with a fork until smooth. Add maple syrup, coconut oil and tahini. Mix well.
- Add the banana mixture to the oat mixture and combine until everything is well coated.
- Place some wax paper on a large baking sheet, then pour granola mixture on top in an even layer.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool and then break apart / crumble.
- Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container on your kitchen counter for up to one week.
Use this granola as a topping for your smoothies. Serve it alongside some coconut yogurt + fresh fruit (pictured above), with a nut milk of your choice, or straight up as a healthy snack.