I’ve been doing some serious granola chowing lately. I consider it my third job to personally try every variety that crosses my path. Funny job, for a lady that makes fabulous granola of her very own.
The greatest thing is, homemade is still the best! Don’t feel a need to go granola prowling, just take my word for it, mine is best.
Yup, I should be so bold.
But seriously! Almond butter and bananas?! Yup. Woah, Skinny Monkey!
Love me? Knew you would.
Not to mention I’m totally spilling about my other latest obsession – freeze dried fruit! It’s so awesome! It doesn’t’ make your granola wet or sticky like some traditional dried fruits (gross, right?) and with milk, it rehydrates and bursts with some epic flavor!
I grabbed mine at Trader Joe’s, but I’ve seen it at Target too!
Now hop into your kitchen, you’ve got some breakfast to make!
Skinny Monkey Granola
2 cups old fashioned oats
¼ cup whole flaxseed
1/3 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
¼ cup natural almond butter
1 Tbs. coconut oil
1 Tbs. brown sugar
½ cup freeze dried banana slices, roughly chopped
~Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment, sprayed with nonstick spray.
~In a large bowl, combine your oats, flaxseed and almonds.
~In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine the almond butter and coconut oil. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir to combine. Then, add the brown sugar, and microwave for an additional 30 seconds, stirring again.
~Pour the almond butter over the oat mixture and use a silicone spatula to stir until everything is well combined. Pour the granola mix onto the prepared baking pan. Bake for 30-45 min, stirring every 15 minutes, until golden brown.
~Let the granola cool completely on a wire rack. Add the freeze dried banana pieces, stir, and put in an airtight container to store until you’re ready to enjoy it!