Are you someone who is always in a hurry to get out the door in the morning?
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Growing up, I was rushing for the school bus in the morning on a regular basis. My bag would be packed the night before, as I get up at the ass crack of dawn. I quickly brush my hair, brush my teeth, throw my clothes on, grab my shit downstairs, and rush out the front door.
The issue here is that I was either not eating breakfast or I would eat a bag of dry cereal. Even worse, a pop tart. By afternoon, I was crashing and was unable to pay attention in class during the last two periods of the day.
Knowing what I do now, I have the tools to combat afternoon fatigue and create snacks to give me energy while I’m on the go. When I had the idea to cook this granola, the above was in mind. I found a recipe online and tweaked it for my health modifications. It’s gluten-free, egg-free, and packed full of nutrients.
Use this to eat by itself, with almond milk in cereal, or spice it up to eat with fruit. I also enjoy topping it on muffins that I create to amp up my breakfast game.
I shared these with my friends and it is a raving hit among the crowd. This will please even the pickiest of eaters because the universal flavor of cinnamon brings it all together. I decided to share my recipe with the public in order for everyone to be able to recreate this for themselves in their own home.
Find my recipe below:
Inspired by: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2015/04/honey-nut-steel-cut-granola.html
3 cups steel-cut oats (gluten-free if necessary)
2 cups of mixed nuts and seeds (I did walnuts, pecans, almonds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds, but you can use whatever combination you want!)
1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup apple butter or sweet potato butter
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (local raw honey is ideal)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2) In a large bowl combine steel-cut oats, nuts, cinnamon and sea salt.
3) In a separate bowl combine coconut oil, applesauce, honey and vanilla. 4) Stir wet ingredients into dry and mix until combined.
5) Spread granola over a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
6) Remove from oven and flip and the bake for another 20 mins.
7) Remove from oven once again, flip and then bake for another 15 mins.
8) Remove from oven and flatten granola with the back of a spatula.
9) LET SIT FOR ONE HOUR. Do not try to move granola off tray. 10) After an hour, you can take the granola and break it up into clusters. Enjoy! Note: Keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (if it ever lasts that long...)