When you pick up a bag of store-bought granola, you’ll notice that one of the first ingredients is often cane sugar or brown rice syrup. But even though it’s packed with sugar, granola is frequently promoted as a health food. Homemade granola is the easiest and best way to control what you’re consuming, and keeps this tasty treat low in sugar. In this recipe, almond meal and peanut butter help bind the oats and nuts into tasty chunks for on-the-go snacking that packs an extra boost of fiber and protein. My favorite trick is adding maple extract to enhance the sweet maple smell, while keeping the amount of maple syrup relatively low.

Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20 (½ cup each)

 

INGREDIENTS

DRY

  • 2 ½ cups GF oats
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (try almonds, pecans, or pistachios)
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

WET

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp water

 

Optional add-in: 1 cup dried cherries

Team RESTORE recommends organic ingredients. If it’s labeled “organic,” that means the food is not genetically engineered or modified (“GMO”). If you are unable to source organic, we definitely recommend non-GMO. GMO foods are likely treated with herbicides, especially glyphosate, because they are engineered to resist it. (Glyphosate kills the weeds, but not the GMO crop.)

 

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients (except coconut flakes) in a large bowl.
  3. Combine all wet ingredients in the food processor and blend. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients. The mixture may be tough. Use clean hands if needed to mix and crumble.
  4. Spread and press down the mixture onto two baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and flip the granola using a spatula. Now add the coconut flakes. Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes. Each oven is different, so watch for too much browning.
  6. Let cool for 15 minutes. Add cherries (if desired). Now, try not to eat it all in one setting!

 

 

NUTRITION FACTS

Per Serving: (½ cup without cherries):
217 calories
16g Carb, 6g Sugar, 3g Fiber
16g Fat, 5g Sat Fat
6g Protein

 

Per Serving (½ cup with cherries):
244 calories
22g Carb, 11g Sugar, 3g Fiber
16g Fat, 5g Sat Fat
6g Protein