5 Tasty Ways to Eat Granola

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No lie, granola gives me life! I generally eat granola every day; my method of choice - smoothie bowls! If you follow me on Instagram, you are definitely already aware of this obsession! BUT there are plenty of other ways I like to enjoy my granola! Here are just five tasty ways you can make granola the best part of your day!

Click each tasty treat for a full recipe!

1. Banana Granola Pops

Crunchy Granola Peanut Butter

We've all heard of crunchy peanut butter... some of us have enough tried COOKIE butter! What genius figured that one out? Mind you, cookies for breakfast aren't necessarily my go to option (obviously we all know my go to is smoothie bowls) because they're usually loaded with sugar! BUT, have you heard of GRANOLA butter? Let's combine 2 of our favourite things, because why the hell not!

Prep Time: 10 min Total Time:  ~10min Servings: 2 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Roasted Unsalted Peanuts
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla 
  • 1/8 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Granola (I use central roast)

Directions:

Step 1: Add peanuts to food processor and blend for 7-10 minutes or until liquidy smooth.

Step 2: Add cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and syrup and blend until mixed in. 

Step 3: Add granola and pulse for 20 seconds, only to mix in granola well, rather than break it down. 

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Granola Topper Smoothie Bowl

If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm obsessed with smoothie bowls! I whip up one of these bad boys every day for breakfast. Usually berry flavoured to get those antioxidants, but sometimes I do like to switch up the flavours. The key is to always use frozen bananas; that's where you get the texture from! Sometimes I add either mango, strawberries, or even spinach! And if my sweet tooth has taken over, I'll throw in a second banana and add cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder for a chocolate nut butter bowl like I've done today! The possibilities are endless!

Prep Time: 5min  Total Time:  5min Servings: 1 Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 2 Frozen Bananas 
  • 1 Cup Frozen Berries
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (Substitute with regular protein powder & 2 tablespoons cocoa powder)
  • 3/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Granola (I used Central Roast)
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

Directions:

Step 1: Blend bananas, protein powder, and almond milk until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl.

Step 2: Top bowl with granola, coconut, and almond butter (and any other desired toppers).

Frozen Granola Dessert Bars

Prep Time: 10min  Freezing Time: 60min  Total Time:  1Hr 10min Servings: 16 Squares

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Pitted Dates
  • 1 Cup Soaked Cashews (minimum 1-2 hours)
  • 1 Cup Granola (I use Central Roast)
  • 5 Peeled, Chopped, & Frozen Bananas
  • 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

Directions:

Step 1: In a food processor, blend dates and cashews until a ball-like clump forms. Place mixture into a large bowl and add granola. Mix with hands until fully blended. Place in a pan, and press down evenly with a wooden spoon. 

Step 2: Blend bananas in a food processor until creamy. Remove approximately 2/3 of the blended banana, and transfer into your pan as the second layer of your bars. 

Step 3: Add frozen blueberries to the leftover banana in your food processor, and blend until smooth. Empty into pan as the third layer of your bars. 

Step 4: Cover with plastic wrap (optional) and place in freezer for a minimum of 1 hour to freeze. 

Grapefruit Granola Parfait

This combo is MADNESS! I remember eating grapefruit as a child but I'll admit, it's been a while! But after this parfait recipe... I'm back on the citrus train! This combination of yogurt, granola, and grapefruit is absolutely perfect; flavour, texture, nutrition - all good things! The dairy free yogurt offers necessary bacterium; granola for protein, iron, and fibre; and grapefruit for vitamin C, fibre, and weight loss promotion!  

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Prep Time:   5 min  Cooking Time:  4 min  Total Time:  ~10 min Servings: 2 Parfaits

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 Grapefruit (Peeled and Sliced)
  • 1 Cup Granola (I use Central Roast)
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • 1 Teaspoon Shredded Coconut 

Directions: 

Step 1:  In a small mason jar or glass, layer granola, yogurt, and grapefruit 3 times.

Step 2. Top parfait with agave nectar and coconut. Enjoy right away or leave in the fridge for 1 hour to soften the granola!

Banana Granola Pops

A part of me wants to promote these bad boys as a kid friendly snack, but hell, I'm 23 and I'm in love! Banana granola pops are like the superhero of dessert. Super simple, super tasty, and super healthy! These guilt free frozen treats have the power to impress dinner guests, fill an afternoon with fun, and if you're feeling like a night in - they'll keep you company while you binge watch Netflix! Needless to say I'm a fan. 

Prep Time: 10 min  Cooling Time: 30 min  Total Time:  40 min Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 3 Bananas 
  • 6 Popsicle Sticks/Fondue Sticks
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Dark Chocolate
  • 1/8 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Granola (I use Central Roast)
  • 1/8 Cup Crushed Pistachios
  • 1/8 Cup Shredded Coconut

Directions: 

Step 1: Peel bananas, and cut into halves. Insert sticks halfway.

Step 2: Melt chocolate (approximately 3 minutes in a pot over medium heat). Dip bananas in chocolate, and set on a tray lined with parchment/wax paper. 

Step 3: Drizzle peanut butter over chocolate on as many pops as desired. Top with granola, pistachios, and coconut - in whichever combinations you prefer! 

Step 4: Place pops in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving. 

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 350°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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