Sweet Potato Granola (Oil Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Sweet Potato Granola

Whenever I feel the urge to cook (constantly,) but am lacking inspiration, granola is my go-to. It’s usually in the morning when I’m rummaging through my cabinets and refrigerator deciding what to eat for breakfast. In my pantry, I usually have some combination of grains, seeds and nuts that when paired with the right spices, makes the perfect granola to cure my breakfast cravings and set me up for the day.

Sweet Potato Granola

Today was no different in terms of my pantry staples: Oats, quinoa, ground flaxseed and pumpkin seeds stacked in clear glass mason jars stared back at me just begging to be toasted with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. I usually keep canned pumpkin on hand to use as the binder, but hadn’t made it to the store on this particular day. So, what’s the next best thing? I had cooked some sweet potato the night before and had a VERY ripe banana in the fruit bowl. Done.

Sweet Potato Granola

Another reason I like granola is because it’s amenable to the complete lack of measurement technique that I usually use. A cup of this, dash of this, scoop of this, voila! I’m trying to get better at writing down more precise recipes, but that’s just not how I cook.

Sweet Potato Granola

This granola gets a fair amount of sweetness from the banana and sweet potato, but I added a touch of honey to help hold everything together and help enhance that toasty, nutty flavor. If you choose to not consume honey, maple syrup or agave will work just fine.

Sweet Potato Granola

I love having homemade granola on hand for so many reasons. Oats and quinoa add fiber and plant-protein to help keep you feeling full. Quinoa is also good source of iron, which I’m always trying to add more of being a non-meat eating female. Ground flaxseed contains the most ALA Omega-3 of any whole-food source as well as protein, soluble and insoluble fiber, and pumpkin seeds (or pepitas) are a good source of iron, folate and magnesium while contributing to the plant-based protein content. WOW! Talk about a nutrition powerhouse combo.

 

Sweet Potato Granola (Oil Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Ingredients

    Dry Ingredients
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
    Wet Ingredients
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato
  • ¼-½ cup liquid sweetener (honey, maple syrup or agave)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Heat a skillet on medium heat and toast the quinoa for about 5 minutes until it begins to brown and pop.
  3. Add the quinoa to a bowl with the remaining dry ingredients and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. In a blender or food processor, blend the wet ingredients until a smooth mixture is formed.
  5. At the wet to the dry, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Spread the oat mixture out on the sheet pan in one even layer, and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and fragrant. Toss halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  7. Allow to cool completely, and store in a glass jar for up to 1 week (but it won’t last that long!)
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Keep this on hand for eating all day everyday, because that’s when I eat it and it usually lasts about two days tops. When you make yours, try other add ins like dried fruit, or other combinations of nuts and seeds, and other spices (maybe savory ones, like turmeric!) Comment and tell me what you like to add to your granola!

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