Three of the best flavors. Chocolate. Banana. Cashew. End of story. I might as well just leave now because there really is nothing to say here. But of course if I left now I wouldn’t be able to give you the recipe. And if you think you don’t like one of the three flavors I just named, well I am here to prove you wrong. First of all granola is probably one of my newest favorite obsessions. I laugh when I used to think I was allergic to oats. Really I just have to watch my intake. But if I really couldn’t handle oats, I might just cry. The first granola I had post oat-scare was Ola! Granola’s Chocolate Banana Chip. That is where I got the idea for this recipe. I can’t find that damn granola flavor anywhere and I don’t have the money to order it, so whats a girl to do? Make her own!
I think making granola has become my new weekend hobby too. The smell of fresh baked granola. Heavenly! I feel like I’m cheating on life if I buy a pre-made granola in the store now. Why would you waste your money when you could make the same thing for less money, a bigger batch, and even better, not to mention with the addition of love ;) Granola is so easy to make! Dare I say it is even easier than pancakes. I mean, I come up with a new combo every week. I have another one waiting to be shared right now! O granola, how I love you so.
I pride myself on make healthy delicious gluten-free recipes (that are usually completely allergy friendly besides the addition of nuts). So it makes me sad when I see all those articles on the internet and magazines with the media saying granola is a fake health food and is actually very bad. Yes, granola is meant to be eaten as a smaller serving, but when you make you own, there is no reason it can’t be healthy…even with chocolate. You don’t need refined sugar, added oil, GMO ingredients, and gallons of salt. All you need if real food and a will to make the best damn granola in town. Make it with your favorite ingredients and flavors and feel good about giving it to your family and yourself!
Chocolate Banana Cashew Granola
+ 1 1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
+ 1 Cup Puffed Millet
+ 1/2 Cup Crispy Brown Rice Cereal (no-salt added)
+ 30g (1 Cup) of Freeze Dried Banana (crushed a bit)
+ 3/4 Cup Raw Unsalted Cashews
+ 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
+ 1/2 Tsp Banana Extract
+ 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
+ 2 TB Cocoa Stevia Syrup
+ 2 TB Water
+ 2 TB Mashed Ripe Banana
+ Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a lightly piece of oiled foil.
+ In a large bowl, all the dry ingredients, give it a stir, then add everything else and stir until everything is completely coated and combined. Let them mingle!
+ Evenly spread the granola on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, stir half-way through.
+ Remove and let cool before you store in an air tight container or glass jar.
This is one of those granolas that has clumps of goodness. The banana and syrup help that! I was dieing while this was in the oven, so when it was done, I didn’t wait for it to cool off, I dove right in! Warm chocolatey granola? Yes please! I won’t tell if you do this too ;) If you make this as a gift (granola is a great gift!) you won’t have to worry about friends for a while. They will be flocking to you. But make sure you make a large enough batch and keep it hidden so you won’t end up sad and granola-less!
So tell me:
+ Do you have a food that you always make homemade and never buy at the store? I need to start making my own hummus. I go through that stuff in a flash ;)
+ Have you ever given granola or some other food as a gift? I never have…yet. But I think I may get some requests after this one!
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