The most important qualities I look for in most foods are: low sugar, high protein, high fiber, low salt, and no added preservatives. Shockingly, this is hard to find when looking for an easy granola or cereal option, & have it taste somewhat good. After playing around with a few different recipes, I stumbled upon this delicious combo, & found it is too good not to share!
2 ripe bananas
2/3 cup coconut oil (unrefined)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup or 1 cup each raw walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts (unsalted & chopped)
1 cup seeds (mix chia, flax, & sunflower)
1 cup chopped fruit (seasonal choice is best, apples work great or fresh cherries if available)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or chips
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine the banana, melted coconut oil, cinnamon and salt in a blender, & mix until well blended and batter consistency. Then in large mixing bowl, combine all the oats, seeds, nuts, coconut, and fruit. Pour the wet, blended banana batter over the dry ingredients and mix well with a spatula. Transfer to a parchment lined large baking sheet (makes for easy clean-up). Bake at 350 for 8-10 mins, then stir, by gently moving granola with a spatula. Repeat 2-3 more times for another 10-20 minutes, until the granola is of desired crispiness or softness that you prefer. Let cool on pan before placing in a sealed container or ziploc bag in the fridge.