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Chunky Monkey Granola (GF, DF, Refined Sugar Free)

February 26, 2016

I’ve had an obsession with all things banana lately.  Perhaps, my body needs a potassium boost or maybe it’s all the banana bread that has gone to my head.  Needless to say, I came up with yet another recipe incorporating 3 of my favorite things- banana, chocolate, and peanut butter, i.e. chunky monkey.  Except this won’t make you chunky at all because it uses real, whole food ingredients, has no additives, refined sugars, or sweeteners.  Granola is so fun to make too!  Feel free to get crazy with your favorite nuts and seeds!  I added some baked banana chips at the end for some added banana flavor but you could easily leave these out and it would still be delicious.  I only added a couple of tablespoons of cacao powder (not cocoa powder) but you could sub some chocolate chips if you’re feeling extra fun.  Wanna check out my other top rated granola recipes?  Try this Caramel Spiced Granola or my 10 Minute Skillet Maca Granola!

Chunky Monkey Granola (GF, DF, Vegetarian, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free)

3 cups gluten free quick cooking rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

1 cup puffed quinoa (I buy mine from Nuts.com) or sub 1 cup of puffed rice cereal, or add in an extra cup of oats

2 T cacao powder (+ 2T more if you want it extra chocolatey)

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 t salt

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

2 T ground flaxseed

2 T chia seeds

1 t cinnamon

1/2 cup peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)

1 T vanilla extract

3 T coconut oil

1/2 cup brown rice syrup (you may sub maple syrup but know that you won’t have as many chunky clusters but it will still be good)

1 banana

Optional 1/2 cup chocolate chips and/or 1/2 cup banana chips

Heat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl combine the first 10 ingredients.  Set aside.

In a small pan, over low heat, warm up the peanut butter, vanilla, coconut oil and brown rice syrup and banana until just melted.  Mash the banana in with a fork.

Pour the pan mixture over the dry ingredients until well combined.  Place mixture on two baking trays, making sure to spread out evenly.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.  Don’t be scared if the granola is mushy when it comes out of the oven. The mixture will firm up after an hour, so don’t overcook!

Feel free to add chocolate chips or banana chips if you want an extra chocolatey/banana boost!