TOASTED ALMOND AND FIG GRANOLA
Granola is notorious for being a high fat, high calorie food. Try this delicious crunchy and sweet alternative for a great way to kick start your day.
2.5 cups of rolled oats
3/4 c. bran buds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup whole almonds (or other nuts like cashews, walnuts), coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried figs, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
2 small ripe bananas, mashed
3 Tbsp. Coconut oil
1/4 c. maple syrup
1.) Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2.) In a small bowl combine the coconut oil and maple syrup together and microwave 20-30 seconds.
3.) Meanwhile, add all other ingredients, including the mashed bananas, into a large mixing bowl. Add coconut oil mixture once completely melted. Mix ingredients together until well combined.
4.) Distribute mixture in a single layer, between the two baking sheets, so it brown’s nice and evenly
5.) Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Allow granola to become a nice golden brown for that delicious toasted flavor
6.) Remove from the oven and let it cool. Store in and air right jar.
Created by Jenn Messina, RD in collaboration with Lindsay Pleskot, RD