Granola that tastes great and doesn’t have any sugar ingredients-what?! How do I get the sweetness you ask? I didn’t want to use just honey, because then it has that honey overpowering taste, I also wanted it to have that crumbly texture that brown sugar gives… so I used dates! Medjool are a good source of fiber and contain high levels of magnesium and potassium. By mixing the dates with the nuts, I was able to get the consistency I wanted, the sweetness I desired, and the satisfaction of making granola without processed sugars! The granola turned out great and my husband even said it was good! Woot, woot! If you don’t want to wait until your next shopping trip to purchase dates, you can replace between 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of brown sugar for the amount of dates listed. I used the THRIVE freeze dried strawberries and blueberries because they are so far my favorite but you can replace them with any of your favorites. I didn’t try using the THRIVE butter powder yet in this recipe, so if you do before me, let me know how it goes!
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 7 medjool dates (remove seeds)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup oats (gluten free oats)
- 2 tsp butter (THRIVE butter powder)
- 1 TBS honey
- 1/2 cup THRIVE freeze dried strawberries
- 1/2 cup THRIVE freeze dried blueberries
- Preheat oven to 300 F. Place almonds and dates in a food processor and blend until combined. The almonds should be in smaller pieces but not turned into flour. Transfer into bowl to mix in coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, and oats.
- In saucepan, melt butter and honey over low heat. Stir until they begin to caramelize.
- Pour butter/honey over granola mixture and toss well.
- Spread mixture out onto a baking sheet. (I like to sprinkle a little bit more cinnamon on top ) Bake 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Continue to bake until granola is golden brown, about 5-15 minutes longer. Let cool a little and then toss with freeze dried fruits. Store airtight at room temperature.
*Milk over granola or granola with yogurt make for a healthy breakfast. Also use as a snack… as shown!
My friend came to visit this past weekend from down south. We spent Saturday touring the historic city of Boston while finding great locations to eat our homemade batch of granola!
Of course we had to share and the soldiers couldn’t get enough of it!
It is a perfect snack for the youngsters (or yourself) in church.
The granola was soooo good we ran out and we were forced to find an alternate food source as shown below in front of the oldest wood building in Boston, Paul Revere’s home.
Granola and trip to Boston a success!!!Pin It
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