Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pina Colada Granola (Vegan, Sugar-Free &Gluten-Free)

If it isn't feeling like summer yet where you live (frankly I'm happy, I'm dreading the extreme heat and humidity), this granola is sure to get you feeling like you're in the tropics.  Who says you can't have a cocktail for breakfast?  Okay, it's not a great idea...but this granola at least tastes like one!  That's a sure way to getting the day off to a good start, right?

Super crispy, crunchy, and flavourful, this one's a definite winner!

Pina Colada Granola

2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2-3 ripe bananas
1 tbls lemon juice
1 tsp pure coconut extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
Coconut or plain liquid stevia, 2 droppers full or to taste

1 kg large flake, gluten-free oats
1 cup uncooked millet
1 cup unsweetened, finely shredded coconut
1 tbls chia seeds

1 cup unsweetened, freeze dried pineapple, crumbled
1 cup unsweetened banana chips, crumbled

Place bananas in blender or food processor with lemon juice, extract, stevia and salt.  Puree until very smooth.  Pour into a large bowl and whisk together with coconut oil.  Stir in oats, millet, coconut and chia seeds.  Spread evenly on 2 large baking sheets.  Bake at 325F for 30 minutes, stirring and rotating pans every 10 minutes, until golden.  Let cool.  Stir in pineapple and banana chips.  Keep in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. 

Big A thought it was so yummy, she insisted I take a shot of her enjoying it on top of her yogurt!

This recipe has been added to Vegetarian Mamma's Gluten-Free Friday and Diet, Dessert & Dogs' Wellness Weekend.

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