Healthy Yummy Granola Recipes

Hi Friends!

Sorry these recipes are coming at ya so late, I've been traveling with no kitchen access but I had to, needed to, share these awesome granola recipes.

When I was at my heaviest, mentally preparing to evolve into a healthier lifestyle a co-worker suggested I try eating granola as cereal. It tasted wonderful and felt like shards of glass ripping through my anal passage when it was time to do the do. Ummmm no thank you, I backed off for a couple of years. Now I eat granola a few times a week, sometimes a few times a day. 

I've made tried my hand at making granola once or twice and it always turns out delicious.  This weeks nutrition challenge is to snack on granola and since I'm always trying to set you guys up for success I've included my top 3 recipes. It's super simple to create a granola masterpiece, you can add or subtract whatever you like or don't like in the recipes. Have fun with the recipes and try somethings you've never tried before. 

Let's dive into some old fashion rolled oats 

Honey Granola
gluten-free, soy-free

Difficultly: Easy 
Time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking level: beginner 

1 cup almonds
3 cups old fashion oats  (use certified gluten free is needed)
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 honey (if vegan replace with agave nectar, coconut nectar, date paste)
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp almond extract 

Preheat oven to 350F degrees
In food processor or blender pulse 1 cup of almonds until they are finely chopped

Pour into small bowl

Roughly process remaining almonds, leaving bigger chunks of almonds, add to finely chopped almonds, stir well
Add the rest of the dry ingredients

Combine honey & coconut oil in microwave for 30 seconds
Add vanilla and almond extract to mixture

Pour honey mixture onto oat mixture and stir until evenly coated

Pour onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes stirring every 5 minutes

Pour granola, in thin layer, onto wax paper to cool

After cooled break granola into pieces and store up to 2 weeks in an airtight container

Simply Granola Bars
vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free

Difficultly: easy 
Time: 50-60 minutes
Cooking level: beginner 

1.5 cups mashed rip bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten free is needed)
1/2-3/4 cup dried cherries, chopped 
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup peptic seeds/pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350F
Lightly grease a large baking dish and line with parchment paper

In large bowl mash banana until smooth 
Stir in vanilla

Place rolled oats into food processor (or blender at the lowest speed)
Pulse until oats are coarsely chopped but still with lots of texture

Stir oats into the banana mixture
Roughly chop walnuts & cherries
Stir these and the rest of the ingredients into the banana-oat mixture until thoroughly combined

Spoon  into prepared dish
Press down until compact and smooth out with hands until even

Bake for 23-27 minutes until firm and lightly golden along the edges
Place dish on a cooling rack for 10 minutes then carefully remove from baking dish

Place granola slap on a cooling rack for 1 minute and then into the freezer for 10 minutes
Slice into bars once they are cool

Gluten Free Granola
vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free

Difficultly: easy 
Time: 45-60 minutes
Cooking level: beginner 

2/3 cups sliced almonds
2/3 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup roasted flax seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup nature no sugar added applesauce
1/2 cup honey (if vegan replace with agave nectar, coconut nectar, date paste)
1-2 tbs cinnamon (use certified gluten free is needed)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cups dried coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 

Mix applesauce, honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a small bowl

Mix all other ingredients, except pecan halves 

Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread mixture out in a thin layer

Cook for 15 minutes, add pecan halves, crushed if desired

Cook for additional 20-30 minutes, turning 1-2 times while cooking
Remove from oven

Store in an airtight container

That's all today folks!
Peace & Love, 

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My name is Mary! I was obese for most of my life, around 7 years ago I decided to take control of my life and successfully lost over 150 pounds. But that's just the beginning of my journey. Join me as I evolve into the person I was born to become. I love to cook, craft, read, and make people smile. I'm happy you've stumbled on by. Let’s Evolve Together.

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