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No added sugar/fat Granola

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Granola is such a crunchy and addictive snack! But storebought granola is often very unhealthy. Best to make it yourself, especially when it's so easy and takes only half an hour! I like adding quinoa to mine for more crunch but it's still yummy when you don't add it. I enjoy mine without any added sugar or fat, but if you'd like to you can add a couple tbsp coconut oil and a drizzle of maple syrup. The next 3 recipes for granolas I've made and enjoyed! ☺ Each can probably last for 1 or 2 weeks in an airtight container.. not that I've tried since they usually disappear within 4 days! Feel free to substitute the ingredients. And the method is essentially the same.. I just copied and pasted! ;)

Newer Recipe: Pumpkin-Spice Quinoa Granola Clusters with Dried Strawberries

Pumpkin Pecan Granola
Slightly less sweet than those that use banana, but still so addictive!


 

Makes about 2 1/2 cups (the millet puffs shrink - you could use quinoa too!)
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup millet puffs
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used 3/4 cup pecans & 1/4 cup slivered almonds)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/3-1/2 cup mashed pumpkin (use more for more clusters)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used freeze-dried pineapple, goji berries and golden raisins)
  • *this is slightly sweet, so if you'd like a sweeter granola, replace up to half of the banana puree with maple syrup.

Method
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the first 7 ingredients.
  2. Add the mashed pumpkin to the granola mixture. Stir together until well combined. You may want to use your hands for this!
  3. Spread evenly on a well-oiled baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 mins at 180°C .
  4. Stir granola once midway to prevent burning.
  5. After 15-20 mins, or when granola looks crunchy and nicely browned, stir the granola and add in the dried fruit. Leave it in the switched off oven to cool for 5 mins.
  6. When granola is done, remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Banana-Coconut Quinoa Granola
Toasted coconut is so fragrant ♡◡♡ Made this today and I can't stop eating it! Finished more than a cup of it so far :X I used rainbow quinoa for this ☺



Makes about 3 cups of wonderfulness
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds (or other seeds)
  • 1 tbsp pepitas (or other seeds)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts (I used cashews and macadamia)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used gojiberries, freeze-dried pineapple and unsulphured apricots)
  • *this is slightly sweet, so if you'd like a sweeter granola, replace up to half of the banana puree with maple syrup.
Method
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the first 9 ingredients.
  2. Puree the banana and add to the granola mixture. Stir together until well combined. You may want to use your hands for this!
  3. Spread evenly on a well-oiled baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 mins at 180°C .
  4. Stir granola once midway to prevent burning.
  5. After 15-20 mins, or when granola looks crunchy and nicely browned, stir the granola and add in the dried fruit. Leave it in the switched off oven to cool for 5 mins.
  6. When granola is done, remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.



Banana-Nut Quinoa Granola
The very first granola I ever made! ☺ Recipe adapted from Happy Hearted Kitchen


Make about 3 cups of awesomeness
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped mixed nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used goji berries, chopped figs and raisins)
  • *this is slightly sweet, so if you'd like a sweeter granola, replace up to half of the banana puree with maple syrup.
Method
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the first 7 ingredients.
  2. Puree the banana and add to the granola mixture. Stir together until well combined. You may want to use your hands for this!
  3. Spread evenly on a well-oiled baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 mins at 180°C .
  4. Stir granola once midway to prevent burning.
  5. After 15-20 mins, or when granola looks crunchy and nicely browned, stir the granola and add in the dried fruit. Leave it in the switched off oven to cool for 5 mins.
  6. When granola is done, remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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10 comments

  1. Hi,
    i am going to attempt to make Banana-Nut Quinoa Granola from your receipe, but i have a couple of questions
    1. how do i handle the chia seeds, flaxseeds, uncooked quinoa and rolled oats? do i have to soak them in water or just mix them together(dry)?
    2. What do you mean by puree the banana? Is it mashing them to soft mixture? what type of banana did you use?
    3.If i want to add honey, what you do think is the right timing for it?
    4. Where do you get uncooked quinoa? i cant find it in supermarket :x
    Really appreciate your help and looking forward for your reply

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    1. Hello Qiu Yan!
      1. They just have to be mixed together dry.
      2. You can puree it (I pulsed it a few times in a food processor) until it becomes a smooth thick liquid, but tiny chunks are fine. I used a medium sized banana.
      3. It's best to add it when you add the banana puree. I think you should reduce the banana puree by the same amount as the honey you've added.
      4. It can be found at most health food shops! I got mine at the one in Harbourfront. But I've also bought it from larger NTUCs before, in the health food/organic section (Origins Organics brand)
      I hope this helps! Thanks for wanting to try this and I'd love to hear how it goes! :)

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    2. thank for the prompt reply! cant wait to try it out :p
      the shop located at Habourfront, is it call Taste Original?
      managed to get hold all the ingredients but no luck with uncooked quinoa :x


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    3. Yup, Taste Original! Hope you'll be able to find it there! :)

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  2. Making the banana one right now! :P

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    1. Amazingly! eating it right now :)

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    2. That's great! I'm so glad that you enjoy it!! :D

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  3. Great recipe I will try it. I just started following your IG account, great stuff! Aloha - Daniel from Hawaii

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    1. Hello! Thank you so much! I hope you'll enjoy this! :)

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