I like to think of granola as a treat, or something for dessert because they are often so sweet, especially the ones you get from the grocery store or in cafes. My husband has been eating a lot of it lately and I remembered how easy it is to throw together, so I decided to whip some up on Sunday.
I felt like baking, but I’ve been avoiding refined sugar so far this year and knew that making some cookies would just be too much temptation, but a healthier option like granola would fit the bill. I also wanted to make something that checked the boxes I require in a snack : healthy fat, protein, fiber and tasty!
This granola is all of those things, it took 40 minutes from start to finish, including 30 minutes of baking time. Give it a try the next time you want a healthy snack, tasty breakfast or just to impress your brunch guests or make your house smell amazing! The secret is the almond extract – you can leave it out but it adds an extra touch that makes this granola irresistible.
Omega Rich Almond Butter Granola
Prep time : 10 minutes | Cook time : 30 minutes
- 3 cups organic gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 4 tablespoons flax meal
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup creamy unsalted almond butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Mix together almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract and microwave for 30 minutes until coconut oil is melted and stir to combine.
- Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and stir to coat all ingredients.
- Layer on baking sheet with silpat or spray with non-stick spray.
- Bake for 30 minutes, remove from open and let sit for 15 minutes before breaking up and serving. Can be stored on counter for up to a week but I doubt it will last that long in your house.
This granola is packed with protein, fiber and lots of healthy fats and has much less sugar than store bought options. Walnuts, almonds and flaxseeds are full of omega 3’s which many western diets are lacking, and 1 tablespoon of flax includes 3 grams of fiber – almost 11% of your daily amount.
You’ll find lots of iron, magnesium, b vitamins and calcium in this snack so you can feel good about noshing on it any time of day!
Give it a try and let me know how you like it!