- 2 cups (120 g) rolled oats
- 1/2 cup (65 g) hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup (70) raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds (pepitas), or a mixture of the two
- 1/2 cup (80 g) raisins
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 medium (110 g) extra ripe, spotty banana or frozen ripe banana
- 1–2 tbsp maple syrup or liquid stevia drops, to taste, try 10-20 drops (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- If using a extra ripe, spotty banana, add to a large mixing bowl and mash until completely smooth. If using frozen banana, defrost in the microwave until gooey. Add the melted coconut and vanilla and mix well to combine. You can also use a blender or immersion blender to process the banana, coconut oil and vanilla until smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture in a single layer on the lined baking tray. Use 2 baking trays if needed.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes. Check freqently after 20 minutes in order to prevent burning. Once it’s browned, fragrant and firm, you can pull it from the oven.
- Let the granola cool completely on the pan before handing or storing.
- Store the cooled granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
This homemade granola is easily customizable: Try swapping out the hemp seed for coconut, or using any other dried fruit instead of the raisins. Chopped dates, dried apricots or cranberries would be delicious. Any diced dried fruit makes a great choice, crushed banana chips would be amazing too! You can sub chopped pecans, almonds or walnuts for the sunflower seeds. You can also play around with the spices, try a combination of cinnamon and ginger, or maybe a pinch of nutmeg. If you want to get a little more decadent, try stirring in some chocolate chips once it’s baked and cooled!
The stevia drops or maple syrup are optional but recommended. I don’t find it sweet enough with just banana but I do have a bit of a sweet tooth so add at your own discretion. I really love the sweet and salty combo in this. You can buy the Stevia I use here.
Keywords: sugar-free granola, easy, gluten-free, healthy, homemade