Archive | May, 2013

Banana-Cacao Nib Granola

29 May

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I have a few questions…

Is it wrong to eat sushi for breakfast?

Why does my latest burn look like a comet?

Why have I been shopping for board games online?

When does a love for chocolate covered pretzels become an addiction?

Why do I love sandwiches so much?

How can I combine granola and bananas in one delicious package?

Well. I have the answer to that last question at least. My last couple of batches of granola have been tasty, healthy…but…well…lacking some “ooomph.” You know what I’m saying?

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Now, normally, I add applesauce into my granola mix. I’ve found you don’t need lots of sugar or butter for nice and crispy clusters of granola; the applesauce does the job. So…why not substitute some ripe banana puree for the applesauce? Why not indeed!

I used quinoa flakes, oats, millet, chia seeds, cacao nibs….you know…all the good stuff.

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The result reminds me of my mom’s banana chocolate chip muffins which is definitely a good thing.

Make it yourself! You’ll see…you’ll love..you may eat it like popcorn but I cannot be held responsible for that.

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Banana-Cacao Nib Granola

1 cup quinoa flakes (you can omit these and substitute anything…even more oats)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup millet

1/2 cup cacao nibs

1/4 cup chia seeds

pinch of salt

pinch of cinnamon

1 ripe banana

2 tbsp applesauce

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp coconut oil (again, sub any oil)

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Puree the banana, applesauce, maple syrup and coconut oil together in a food processor. Pour over the dry ingredients, mix, and bake in a 300F oven for about 40 minutes, until golden. It will get crispier as it cools. Make sure you stir it as well.

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