So good, so healthy… so easy to over eat. Muesli or granola can often be mistaken as a ‘healthy’ breakfast. Many of our shelves are laden with sugar filled and oil coated muesli. A couple of weeks back, a patient asked which is the best muesli to buy. To be quite upfront and honest, I wasn’t happy with any of the varieties available in the shops. It is for this reason, why I have created this delicious sugar free granola for you to try! Affordable, easy to prepare and healthy!
I kept things pretty classic with oats, seeds and nuts. It is crispy, crunchy, vegan, sugar free, gluten free and high in fibre. The banana gives it a little bit of sweetness. This is a great recipe to make if you have bananas that are going off. It tastes like banana bread in a bowl. Plus, as an added bonus, about halfway through baking your home will be smelling wonderful! I think you’re going to love it!
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups rolled raw oats
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup mixed seeds of choice (I used chia, pumpkin, sesame, flax and sunflower)
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Line a large baking tray with non-stick paper, or use cooking spray.
- Mix together the flaxseed meal and water in a large bowl. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
- Add the bananas, and mash very well.
- Mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt.
- Stir in the oats, pecans and seeds.
- Mix well until combined (I recommend using your hands!).
- Transfer the mixture to the tray, and bake for 30 minutes. At the 20 minute mark, gently toss the muesli with a fork.
- Allow to cool once removed from the oven. Store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
This muesli can act as a blank slate for all your favourite flavours. Think about adding dried fruits, ginger, bran, coconut, raisins, goji berries or dark chocolate chips for a treat! It’s great as a cereal with fresh fruit, milk or yoghurt or consider adding a small handful on top of your favourite smoothies, smoothie bowls and shakes.
If you do make this granola, be sure to let me know – tag me on Instagram or Facebook!