Healthy Fruit & Nut Granola Topper

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Making your own granola might just be you and your pantry's saving grace! I always keep my homemade granola on hand, because it's extremely easy to make, much healthier than some of the sugar filled store bought brands, and it gives me lots of options in the kitchen. I love to use fresh granola to top off smoothie bowls, eat as cereal, or I even bring it out with me as an on the go snack! Mind you, that last one applies to walking in and out of the kitchen too... The best part about this recipe is that you can make it your own! Have some walnuts or pecans leftover from another recipe? Toss them in as well! Not a fan of cranberries? Substitute chopped dried cherries!

Prep Time: ~ 5 min             Cook Time: ~ 35-40 min             Total Time: ~ 40-45 min

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cups Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Cranberries
  • 1/8 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut 
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Dark Chocolate
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Grated Nutmeg

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350Β°F. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas, and combine maple syrup and brown sugar. If you prefer, substitute agave syrup for maple syrup. However, I find that maple syrup adds a little extra in the flavour department.

Step 2: Mix in all other ingredients and stir until contents are combined evenly. Feel free to substitute different nuts, seeds, hemp hearts, dried fruit, etc to make your granola your own creation. Just be aware of your measurements so that the consistency remains similar.

Step 3: Spread contents onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Move granola around, breaking up any clusters, and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Step 4: Store and enjoy! Or enjoy then store, and enjoy again!

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