Banana bread granola

Crispy, crunchy granola…. amazing to snack on just as it is!!

I remember when i was younger -and even now as an adult – i love eating granola right out of the package!

However storebought granola is often rather expensive – if you want the yummy kind – and it is not so economic for me to buy granola at the same pace i eat granola! So… making my own is definitely a money saver.

Of course nutritionally granola isn’t the best food to eat lots of. This granola recipe – among many others is made with margarine and syrup. That is what adds the sweetness and the crunch.

Sugar and margarine free?

I haven’t personally managed to make a tasty granola without any source of fat – whether it’s oil or margarine. Also the syrup does help with the crunch, but you can use stevia or a sugar free syrup… but i can’t guarantee the results will be the same.

Granola is one of those foods it’s easy to alot of. But just be aware of the sugar content of this granola! But nothing wrong with eating this as a sweet treat with some soya quark and berries!!

If you want another granola recipe, i have made an amazing chocolate and PB granola which you can also try!! RECIPE

How to store the granola?

In a clean, airtight jar. As the granola has banana it does have the risk of getting mushy, especially if it gets wet or is stored in an open jar.

My granola only lasted about 5-7 days, so that is the period i can guarantee it is still ok. But should store up to 10 days.

Tips:

Make sure you let the granola crisp up in the oven. It will still be drying and crisping up after it has baked.

Don’t over crowd the baking pan. It is better to use two baking pans and spread the granola out, so that it all bakes evenly.

If you have some ripe bananas, give this recipe a go ๐Ÿ™‚

Recipe:

Prep: 10 minutes, cook time: 35 minutes, cooling time: 2-3 hours

250g oats

100ml syrup

200ml melted vegan margarine

2 bananas, mashed

2tbsp peanut butter *can be omitted

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cardamom

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp chia seeds

Options: banana chips, coconut shreds, pumpkin seeds

How to:

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Begin by adding the dry ingredients in a bowl – oats, seasoning, chia seeds and also if you want some walnuts, coconut pieces or other extras.

Melt the margarine in a pot, add the syrup once melted.

Mash the bananas and add to the margarine mix along with the peanut butter. Mix until combined.

Pour the liquid over the oats and mix so that all the oats are covered.

Pour the granola onto 1-2 baking oans with parchment paper, spread the granola out. However it is ok to leave some clusters, as that is what makes the granola crunchy!

Bake in the oven for around 35-40 minutes. Check on the granola after 20 minutes and stir the granola a little so it bakes evenly.

After c.a 35 minutes, turn the oven off and you can let the granola sit in the oven for 30-60 minutes to cool (leave the oven open a little) before placing in the open to cool for another 2-3 hours. Or you can take the granola out and allow to FULLY cool for 2-3 hours before placing in airtight jars.

As you can see, it is rather easy to make your own granola. You just have to be patient and also try not to eat all the granola at once!!!

If you do try this recipe, let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

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Apple pie baked oatmeal recipe

To think that i have only really known and eaen baked oats for 6 months….. feels like it’s been part of my life so much longer than that!!

I am so thankful that oats are cheap – and local – because i sure consume alot of oats each week! But what can i say…. i love this amazing food.

A new baked oatmeal combo to add to all the other baked oatmeals i have made in the past. You can see them here!

Infact i am thinking it’s time i make a masterpost with all the baked oatmeaal recipes i already have on my blog so that i can just refer to that masterpost and continualy update it! Sounds like a good idea.

This meal is definitely what i would classify as cheap, nutritious, vegan eats. Basically everything i love and hopefully you love as well!

No need to overcomplicate food or make it more expensive than it has to be!!!

This recipe works great as a snack, breakfast or dessert! And if you are making it for dessert you can always choose to serve it with ice cream or custard instead of vanilla yoghurt!!!

I made mine in 2 individual glass jars but you can make it in a baking form instead.

Recipe

2-3 portions
200g oats
3 apples
C. 250ml warm liquid (water or mylk)
100-150ml vanilla yoghurt
Cinnamon
1 tbsp peanut butter
Optional: 2tbsp chia seeds
2-3tbsp stevia or syrup (or dates)
Margarine or oil to fry the apples in.

How to:

Preheat oven to 180C
Chop the apples into pieces and fry in some margarine with cinnamon and vanilla powder.

In a baking bowl mix together the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, cardamum, pinch of salt, stevia, PB and yoghurt. Add 3/4 of the fried apples.

Mix until combined.

Place in a baking tray or individual jars.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 180C. Once baked all the way through, top with extra apples and vanilla yoghurt (or ice cream ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‹)

Hopefully you give this a try and enjoy it just a much as i did!!

Fluffy American pancakes | Vegan

When it comes to pancakes vs waffles, I will always choose wafflesโ€ฆ I love the crispiness that you get from the perfect waffles. (I have a recipe for vegan waffles, HERE).

But when it comes to pancakesโ€ฆ I want them fluffy.

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When I was younger I used to eat these mini, store bought fluffy pancakes with Nutella and whipped cream and it was just about the best thing I knew. It was a treat that I would get once a week (or less often) and no homemade pancakes beat those store bought ones.

Thoughโ€ฆ. It has been about 15 years since I last ate those pancakes and from my memoryโ€ฆ these are pretty close to those pancakes I ate as a child. Though of course vegan and homemade, which is much better!

The key to the fluffiness is the baking powderโ€ฆ without the baking powder they wonโ€™t really rise or turn out fluffy.

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You can of course add chocolate chips or maybe blueberries to the mix for some extra flavour. I just used the chocolate chips I had at home.

This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients which I am sure you all have at home.

(Note* I am sure you could โ€œHealthifyโ€ these pancakes in some wayโ€ฆ but letโ€™s be honestโ€ฆ if you want real American pancakes you might as well just use flour and sugar as that is how American pancakes are made. So if you want other pancakes made from oatflour (recipe here) or almond flour or no flour at all (?), then you will have to find another recipe.

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If you make these pancakes, let me know what you think ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

Recipe for 2 servings:

300g flour

1tbsp baking powder

2-3tbsp sugar

2 tsp vanilla sugar

250ml plantbased milk

150ml water or aquafaba

Vegan margarine to fry in.

How to:

Begin by mixing together the flour, baking powder, sugar and vanilla sugar. Then add the plantbased milk and water. Mix until well combined and you get a pancake like consistency. Note, they will be a little thicker in consistency than if making crepes or larger pancakes.

I also personally think this batter works better to make smaller, fluffier pancakes and not large ones.

Fry in some vegan margarine, around 3-4 minutes on each side.

Eat warm with some chocolate chips, vegan whipped cream and berries!!

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Try these pancakes and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you do!

Also, you can find some of my other pancake recipes, HERE

Nectarine breakfast crumblepie | Vegan

Is it just me, or does your intake of fruit also increase during summer?ย 

I don’t know what it is… whether it is the sweetness or maybe the freshness of fruit that makes me crave it so much during summer, compared to winter where i mostly eat banana, frozen berries and some apples from time to time. Or well, can’t forget the clementines during December which are always amazing.20190629093155_IMG_6898.JPG

Of course, when i craving fruit and in the store shopping it is easy to buy a little more fruit than i will eat *just as it is* in a week. So then making crumbles or pies out of them or baking or frying are alternatives to use the fruit before it goes bad!!

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Compared to a previous post where i made a crumble topping where i didn’t have any flour at home, this crumble topping had flour…. and well it works with or without in my opinion. However if you do have it at home i would add it… but if you don’t it might work without anyway.

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Making this recipe glutenfree?ย You should be able to just switch oats to gluten free oats (unless you are celiac it should be fine with regular oats though), and switching to a gluten free flour. However can’t fully guarantee the results.

Sweetener:ย In this recipe i used stevia/sweetener as that is what i had at home, but you can use sugar if you want/have that at home instead.

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Onto the recipe:ย You can double this recipe and make in a pie form, but i decided to just make two single portion crumbles as i was making for just one person!

Recipe:

Ingredients:

5 nectarines

a handful of strawberries

1/2tbsp chickpeaflour (you can use potato flour as well)

1-2tsp lemon or lime juice

Crumble – Note, depending on your form size and how much crumble topping you want… you may want to half this crumble topping so that you don’t make extra which you may not eat.

60g rolled oats

60g flour

80-100g vegan margarine, roomstemperature

50ml stevia

Vanilla drops, or 1tsp vanilla sugar

Optional: Nuts, such as almonds or cashews

Serve with some vegan custard or vanilla ice cream

How to:

Preheat your oven to 220 degrees celsius.

Rinse your fruit and then chop into small/medium sized pieces. Place in your form/forms. You can grease with a little vegan margarine or coconut oil, but i didn’t do this.

Pour over a little lime or lemon juice. Then add the chickpea or potato flour and mix.

In a baking bowl combine the flour, rolled oats, stevia and vanilla. Mix. Then chop the vegan margarine into small cubes and add to the dry mix. With your hands, mix and form into crumbles.ย You can start off with around 80g vegan margarine and then add more as necessary. Once you have formed crumbles, pour the crumbles over the nectarines.

If you using, add some chopped nuts ontop for added crunch.

Then bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes, until the crumble topping has turned golden brown.

Take out of the oven, then add some custard or vegan ice cream. Or if you are eating this for breakfast… add some vanilla yoghurt or vegan soy quark!

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Note, if you are using glass forms make sure that they can be heated in the oven. Also be careful when you take them out as they willfeel alot hotter than other baking forms… also make sure you don’t have any breeze coming into the kitchen/cold when you take them out of the oven as there is risk they can break.

Also, you can most likely switch nectarine for peaches and use other berries than strawberries!

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If you try this recipe, don’t forget to let me know or tag me on Instagram: Itsahealthylifestyle

Banana-oatmeal pancakes |Vegan

Craving something sweet or craving pancakes but don’t have flour at home… or maybe you just don’t want, or can’t consume flour but still want tasty pancakes?

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Then oatbased ones are a great option. I remember when i wasn’t vegan i used to make banana, egg and oatmeal pancakes which were quick to mix together and worked great as a snack or breakfast.

As a vegan it is just as easy to make banana-oat pancakes, you just switch out the egg for some plantbased milk or you can make a chiaseed egg (i.e 1tbsp chiaseeds, mixed with some water to turn into a gel, and then add to the pancake mix).

These pancakes even work to be frozen and then heated up later on when it is time to eat them ๐Ÿ™‚ So you could make a big batch for your snack during the week!

Onto the recipe!

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For 6 small pancakes. 1-2 servings

2 bananas

90g oats (2dll)

1tsp chia seeds

100ml plantbased milk

Vanilla & cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Optional: chocolate chips

How to:

In a mixing bowl, add the banana (mashed or sliced), oats, olantbased milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix until combined. Add the chia seeds and stir in. Lastly, add the chocolate chips. Mix together.

In a frying pan, fry the pancakes until golden brown on each side. Around 2-3 minutes each side.

Eat warm with some berries, coconut cream and peanut butter.

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So easy to make, and perfect when craving something sweet!

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