I love adding a bit of crunch and fibre to my smoothie bowls or Greek yogurt in the morning. I first made this granola recipe about two years ago and got the original recipe from I quit sugar, a great website to follow and they offer 8-week programs to get the sugar monster under control.
I use this granola recipe also in my Basic cooking course It is crunchy, full of spice and absolutely no added sugar and gluten (if you use gluten-free oats)
Where to buy Wholefood ingredients?
Most of these ingredients will be in your cupboard anyway (that is if you are following a whole food diet) otherwise it is time to get to grips with chia, flax, nut butter and coconut oil. If you want to shop from the comfort of your own home then Faithfull to nature will do just fine. An online shop with a vast variety of health foods, organic skin products, and green products for your home.
This granola is packed with chia and flax seeds and all the good fats. You can easily make this in under 30minutes. But this is not a recipe where you can get distracted. Get your phone out and set the alarm for 5 minutes at a time and stir your granola until it is crunchy and golden brown.
Too much washing up
When I was making this granola for the first time I thought there were too much washing up so now I just use one pan. Instead of melting the coconut oil and nut butter on the stove you can just melt it inside the stove and then stir it through.
So measure all your ingredients in your baking tin, mash the banana also in your tin add the nut butter or peanut butter and coconut oil and gently stir. Place in the oven for 5 minutes and then stir and mash it all together until all the grains and nuts are covered.
You can add two cups of nuts, but nuts are such an expensive commodity one cup will totally do. I love these nuts from Eat Naked, they are really so fresh and tasty buy them from any Dischem. It is such a fun brand and they also sell amazing honey. Their brand is about sourcing superior, authentic ingredients that
are good for you, good for the planet, and good for the local communities that produce them. So really they are all about being transparent and not adding any nasties to their products.
You can also jazz up your granola with more seeds, cranberries etc. Or honey if you must. Making your own granola is so simple, cheaper and healthier and you actually know what you put in there. Have a go at it. You can do it. EAT NAKED!
Banana and cinnamon granola
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup Eat naked luxury tree nuts
1 cup coconut flakes
2 tbs chia seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs flaxseed powder
2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 large banana mashed
Preheat oven to 180’C
Measure all ingredients in a roasting tin. Add peanut butter and coconut oil and lastly mash the banana in. Stir through. Place in hot oven for about 5 minutes until the coconut oil and peanut butter melted. Mix through thoroughly with a fork and keep on mashing large pieces of banana and coat all the nuts and oats with the peanut butter and coconut oil. Set a timer for every 5 minutes and take the granola out and stir through breaking up clumps of banana. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and crunchy. Leave to cool completely and store in a jar for up to a week.
Serve with smoothie bowls, yogurt, and fresh berries