Homemade Maple and Banana Granola
Granola is one of those misleading foods that people often choose to eat for breakfast believing it is the healthy option. Whilst it is a far better choice than processed, sugar packed cereal or refined white toast it is not always as healthy as we would like to think. Shop bought granola can often be high in added sugars, unhealthy fats, artificial sweeteners and packed full of fillers and unnecessary ingredients. If you are buying granola make sure to read the label carefully. Look for ones that are 100% whole grain, low in sugar and free from artificial preservatives. Making some of your own home-made granola is super easy, quick and allows you to control what exactly goes into it. Here is a delicious, nutritious, easy Maple and Banana Granola recipe for you to try. It is made up of mainly nuts and seeds as I usually eat Granola with Greek yoghurt and fruit or in Smoothie bowls so I find I have more than enough fruit in that.
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup raw almonds (I used sliced as it was all I had but whole almonds would work as well or if not better)
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup flaxseeds
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1-2 table spoons of maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
- Mix all the dry nut ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- Combine bananas, maple syrup and cinnamon and blend together in a blender
- Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir together until everything is well coated.
- Spread evenly on a lined baking sheet
- Bake for 15 minutes, remove from over and mix well.
- Place back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes
- Let cool completely before you store the granola in an air tight container at room temperature.