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.

Ingredients 

  • 2.5 cups of rolled oats

  • 3/4 cup 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 cup maple syrup

Instructions 

  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 for 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 flavour

  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