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FAST Friday Foodie: Skillet Granola

I love granola, but store bought varieties are full of fat and sugar. Recently, I had a real crave though, and decided to give a go at making my own. I decided to try  just a small batch and the skillet seemed like the easiest way to throw this together. I pulled a few nuts and sunflower seeds from my freezer, added some oats, spices, coconut oil and honey and made a delicious toasty granola. If you want to make this in larger quantities, you might want to throw it on a cookie sheet instead and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for maybe ten to fifteen minutes, stirring at least once and checking to be sure it doesn’t get too brown. Once finished and cool, add 2 Tbs of unsweetened coconut flakes. Serve 2 Tbs on a bowl of fresh fruit or oatmeal.

Also great as a small snack. So here’s the recipe:

FAST Friday Foodie: Skillet Granola
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
This granola is made with coconut oil, a healthy fat, and has minimal sugar coming from raw honey.
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbs raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbs raw walnut pieces
  • 2 Tbs raw pecan pieces
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet on medium-high heat
  2. Add coconut oil
  3. When melted, add seeds and nuts
  4. Stir until all are coated with oil
  5. Add spices and continue stirring or shake pan
  6. Continue for 3 to 5 minutes, until nuts smell fragrant and look toasted
  7. Stir in honey until all nuts are coated
  8. Stir for one more minute to allow honey to crystalize to nuts
  9. Pour onto a flat surface and allow to cool
  10. Once cool, stir in 2 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  11. Store in covered container
  12. Serve 2 Tbs on a bowl of fruit or oatmeal
  13. OR eat 2 Tbs as a snack

 

banana nut oatmea

Friday Foodie: Banana Nut Oatmeal

banana nut oatmeal

The weather outside is frightful! The wind is gusting up to 60 miles an hour today, a high of 27 and wind chill of 4 along with snow flurries, makes me want to stay inside with something warm and cozy to eat! Oatmeal, as a child, meant plain ole oatmeal with lots of brown sugar piled on top, but this healthier version takes out the brown sugar and adds some healthy ingredients to the mix. I think you’ll like this one for sure! (oh, and please excuse the chipped bowl.)

Friday Foodie: Banana Nut Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2
 
This delicious hearty oatmeal will fill you up and keep you satisfied throughout the morning.
Ingredients
  • 1⅔ cups of water
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs almond or peanut butter
  • 2 tsps pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsps chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Pour water into saucepan with burner on high.
  2. Add oats and cinnamon.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium.
  5. Add sliced banana.
  6. Cook for five minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Turn off heat.
  8. Add almond or peanut butter and maple syrup.
  9. Stir to incorporate.
  10. Pour into bowls.
  11. Sprinkle each bowl with 1 tsp of chopped walnuts.