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April 13, 2015

Grain Free Granola

One of my favorite breakfasts before beginning an allergy-free diet was yogurt with fruit and granola. But after developing an allergy to nuts, and an intolerance to dairy and grains, I sadly gave them up. I've done many searches for an aip alternative, but was unable to find one that I liked. That changed recently when I stumbled upon a recipe that looked promising.


It's made the same way I used to make my own granola, but with allergy friendly ingredients, so that definitely caught my attention. I gathered the ingredients together, all of which I had in my pantry except the dried fruit, and got to work at whipping up a batch. I made a few minor adjustments to the original recipe, and crossed my fingers that it would turn out being tasty. And it did! I tried a bite after it had cooled down, and loved the flavor and crispness it had. It also has a slight chewiness to it from the dried fruit it contains. It honestly taste better than my old, grain-filled version I used to make! I couldn't wait to whip up a batch of coconut milk yogurt to enjoy one of my favorite breakfast treats again. Another bonus, the recipe is sugar free, unless you make the flavor variation I have suggested, where you switch out the banana for pumpkin puree, and add maple syrup.


It couldn't be easier to make! Just add all the ingredients into a large bowl, mix well, spread out on a baking sheet and bake. Simple right?! Grab a handful and eat it straight up as a snack, on top of some coconut yogurt, or as a cereal with dairy-free milk. (I use canned coconut milk, diluted with a little water) When you prepare this recipe, make sure to use a ripe banana. Mine was starting to develop brown spots. The riper the banana, the sweeter the granola will be.

Grain Free Granola

Ingredients

1 ripe banana, mashed
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 medium sweet potato, shredded (I use a vegetable peeler to peel off strips to give it more texture)
2 cups dried fruit, your choice (I used tart cherries and pineapple)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add the mashed banana, oil, vanilla, and cinnamon to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
Add the coconut, sweet potato, and dried fruit and mix until thoroughly combined. (I used my hand)
Spread mixture out evenly onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 40 minutes. Stir once halfway through the cooking time, and give the baking sheet a half turn for even browning. Granola should be golden brown and slightly crispy. (Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn) It will crisp up a bit more once it is completely cool.
Give the granola a final stir, and spread it out evenly on the baking sheet again.
Once cooled, store granola in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. May also be frozen and stored in the freezer for 1 month.

Notes: *For a flavor variation, substitute 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree for the banana, and add 1/4 cup of maple syrup to sweeten. Please note that the granola is no longer sugar free if you use maple syrup. It is refined sugar free though.

*Slightly adapted from Lemons N' Lyme

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38 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! I'm always looking for healthy granola for my breakfast. I eat it every morning and they always seem to discontinue the ones I like. Definitely putting this on my grocery list!

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    1. Thank you Meagan, I hope you like it.

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  2. I love that you were able to adapt this for your needs. It looks delicious!!

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  3. I haven't attempted my own granola yet but this looks so good I might need to make the leap!

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    1. Homemade granola is loads better than the store bought stuff in my opinion Michelle.

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  4. This would be an excellent work snack idea. I like the addition of cinnamon to the mix.

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    1. Cinnamon takes it over the top, and really improves the flavor.

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  5. I have never made granola before! This looks awesome!

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    1. It's super easy Melanie, give it a try!

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  6. This is such a great idea! I can use a little less grain in my diet right now!

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    1. Grain causes me a lot of bloating, so I feel loads better eating grain free.

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  7. This sounds wonderful, April. I'm not grain-free, just gluten free, but love sweet potatoes and I've got to try this. Glad you found something that works for you!

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    1. I love the sweet potatoes in this. Not only for the flavor, but the nutritional boost as well.

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  8. What a healthy, delicious recipe and honestly did not know granola could be made grain free!

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    1. I didn't either for the longest, and am so glad I found the recipe.

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  9. I never thought about the idea of creating grain free granola. This looks delicious!

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    1. I am so glad it is possible Stephanie, I can finally enjoy my favorite snack again.

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  10. I love homemade granolas. This one looks soo good!

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  11. Wow! It looks wonderful, hearty and so tasty.

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  12. This sounds amazingly delicious!

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  13. Looks good and sounds healthy! That's right up my alley!

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  14. That looks wonderful! Going to have to pin this for later. I've been on a granola kick lately. This may be just what I need! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. So pinning this! I am gluten free and I am always looking for snacks to carry with me. As you know it is not easy to find something that fits your diet when you are out! This is perfect. Thanks so much!

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    1. It's almost impossible Nikki! This freezes great, so you can always have some on hand.

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  16. This is also delicious with some of the coconut replaced with tigernut meal! (Peeled tigernuts are good for this as they are easier to chew.) :)

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    1. I've heard of tigernut meal, but haven't had a chance to try it yet Laura. It's on my list though!

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  17. I found your blog via Thursdays favorite things and this granola looks simply delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Shantel, I appreciate the visit. :)

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  18. This looks so incredible! I'm always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments Kimberly. :)

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  19. Surely delish and certainly a healthy way to start the day. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Katherine, see you at the next party. :)

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