Homemade Hearty Granola
4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin, sunflower & hemp seeds
Step 1 Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
Step 2 Lay out on a flat tray and bake in the oven at 200˚F for 1 hour. Every 20 minutes give granola a toss.
Step 3 Let cool. Place in a glass jar for storage. This granola can last approx. 2-3 weeks.
Depending on your personal preference the nuts and seeds can be changed to your liking. This granola is very versatile, so get creative!! It can also be used as a grab and go snack. Add a few extra nuts and dried fruit or dark chocolate chips and you got a healthy alternative to Trail Mix.
Also try this granola to make a fruit crisp, granola bars, or a yogurt parfait!
Photo credit: Stacy
Sugar Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Ground Flax seed
1 tablespoon Aluminum Free Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Aluminum Free Baking Soda
1-2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil also works)
1 teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract
1 cup Almond, Rice or Hemp Milk
1/4 cup Unsweetened Organic Apple Butter (Unsweetened Organic Apple Sauce can also be used)
1/4 cup Organic Plain Yogurt
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips (Cacoa Nibs can also be used)
4-5 Frozen Bananas
Step 1 Sift all dry ingredients together in a bowl
Step 2 In another bowl combine all wet ingredient and mix well
Step 3 Fold in the wet mixture into the flour mixture. It should become quite thick.
Step 4 Fold in the bananas. Once the bananas are mixed fold in the chocolate chips
Step 5 Heat the oven to 375F, and bake muffins in a muffin tray for about 20-30min. At 20 min place a toothpick in a muffin, if the toothpick comes out clean, the muffin is done. Once cooked take them out and cover with a cloth this prevents the muffins from deflating.
Photo credit: Phil and Pam Gradwell