Some granola is so crunchy, so good -then you check the label. 68 carbs?! What? 44 sugars? Are you serious?
And $8 a bag! huh?! Make your own way healthier version in 20 minutes. 😋
Use what you have on hand or what you like to create a total of 4 cups of oats, nuts and seeds, such as:
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2/3 cup old-fashioned oats (*keep this ratio low to keep your carbs in check)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup chia seeds (could use flax and hemp too)
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup raw shelled sunflower or pumpkin seeds
Cinnamon, apple pie spice, pumpkin spice, pinch of salt
1 T vanilla extract
3 organic egg whites
1/2 cup sugar-free maple syrup (I use Lakanto monk fruit syrup)
Optional: sugar-free chocolate chips or freeze-dried fruit
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine all of your nuts, seeds and oats with 2 tsp cinnamon OR other spice blends and hefty pinch of salt. (Omit salt if any of your nuts or seeds are salted!)
In a separate non-metal bowl, whip your egg whites to firm peaks, about 5 minutes with a hand mixer.
Drizzle vanilla and syrup over dry mixture and taste for sweetness and spice intensity (adjust as you prefer). Fold in egg whites and coat all of the dry ingredients.
Spread out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Gently stir, tossing the bottom layer to the top. At this stage you can add freeze-dried or dried fruit (be mindful of your sugars! I love freeze-dried blueberries, available at Target or Whole Foods. Fresh fruit will get soggy - don't do it!)
Bake another 10 minutes until lightly golden brown.
Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Add sugar-free chocolate chips once it's cooled if you like. We love this with unsweetened greek yogurt, over coconut whipped cream, or with a little almond milk and fresh berries.
Your flavor combos are endless with this base recipe, such as: Cashew, coconut and matcha
Chocolate chip, raspberry and almond
Pecan, maple and apple
To make a low-carb acai bowl, combine 1/2 cup ice, 1 avocado and 4 oz acai (or frozen berries) to your blender. Add a splash of water, coconut milk or almond milk to help blend. Blend to a thick consistency and spoon into a bowl, top with the granola!