I’ve never been a big granola person simply for the fact that it’s typically LOADED with sugar. Oats have many health benefits, but the added sugar to granola never made any sense to me. I snagged a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats the other day with a plan to make homemade granola. A little bit of honey and three mashed bananas go a long way! The bananas help add some natural sweetness which allowed me to add less honey. Almond butter was also used in order to help bind the granola together. It also helps add a nuttier taste! Give this almond butter granola a try and let me know what you think!
On top of granola, i’m not a big yogurt consumer either. Again, yogurts are always packed with added sugars and I just don’t see the point (unless you’re eating a probiotic yogurt to help aid digestion). That being said I think this granola would be delicious on top of a bowl of yogurt, sprinkle in oat meal (more oats why not), pancakes, or by itself with some fruit!
I went crazy in the kitchen this weekend with healthier lemon poppy seed muffins, gluten free chocolate chip tahini cookies, and avocado orzo using Banza’s new rice (more of an Orzo texture vs. rice). I had to bring my desserts to teacher training to get them away from me! My control when it comes to sweets seems to be non existent at times.
A healthier version of granola made with honey, almond butter, and avocado oil.
- 4 cups Rolled Oats Gluten Free (optional)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 3 Bananas mashed
- 1 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup Avocado Oil
- 1/4 cup Honey Plus more if desired*
- 1/2 cup Almond Butter Organic
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Pour the oats into a bowl and add the chia seeds and cinnamon.
Mash the bananas until smooth (you may blend if you prefer) and place in a small mixing bowl. Add the vanilla, oil, honey, and almond butter and stir until evenly distributed.
Pour the liquid mixture over the oats and mix until incorporated.
Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly. I recommend keeping it more clumpy and seperated rather than patting it down flat. This helps cook and crisp the granola.
Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at 15 minutes.
Broil on low for the last 2-5 minutes or until golden brown (but not burnt).
Remove and let cool (untouched) for 45 minutes.
*Add additional honey or maple syrup if you want a sweeter granola. The banana adds some natural sweetness.
Feel free to swap the almond butter for your favorite nut butter instead. I like drizzling peanut butter over my granola for a little extra touch!