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 🙂

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 🙂

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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 🙄🤔😋)

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

Almond butter nicecream

Nice cream is mostly a summer food for me…. During winter in Sweden it is far too cold to eat nice cream. Instead it is all about the warm meals and warm breakfasts.

But  i don’t fully want to accept that summer is over, so making nice cream to try to prolong the summer feelings. All that is missing is the watermelon, haah. But i also have to accept that i have eaten my last watermelon for this year.

So what is nice cream…. well it is basically frozen bananas mixed smooth so that it tastes like ice cream. And it is vegan hence why many people call it “Nice” because it doesn’t include dairy… also it tastes nice, hahah.

I personally haven’t met anyone who has tried nice cream and said they don’t like it. Of course some people who are huge fans off dairy ice cream will say that it isn’t ice cream and doesn’t taste like ice cream. And they are right…. but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good. It is still sweet, cold and creamy. And if you add in coconut cream and other extras such as cookie dough, brownie pieces, nuts, oreos you can make it sweeter and more like ice cream.

Justmixing frozen banana into “Nice cream” isn’t the same as eice cream. But if you add in all the extras it makes it so much better!!!

So if you haven’t already bought a food processor, it is about time you invest in one… hahah.

I have one from Philips which works great for me so far, you can see the mixer i use HERE (affiliate link to Amazon):

 

 

How to make the almond butter:

Roast almonds in the oven for 5 minutes with some salt. This is totally optional, you can use unroasted and unsalted almonds. But i personaly prefer the taste of roasted almonds and i am a huge fan of salt.

Then, in a highspeed food processor or mixer add the roasted almonds and begin mixing. If you didn’t already salt, you can add a little salt for flavour along with 1-2 tablespoons neutral oil. The oil is optional and t works fine without adding oil, but if you don’t have a super high speed blender then it may be necessary to add some oil to help make it more liquid and the right texture.

How to make the nice cream:

Ingredients:

2-3 bananas

1-2 tablespoons almond butter

50ml coconut cream – optional

Extra almonds for crunch

Optional, taste such as vanilla or cinnamon

How to:

Peel and dice the bananas. Place in a container and freeze overnight. The good thing is that you can dice alot of bananas and freeze all at once and store them there until you want to make nice cream or smoothies.

My best tip is to freeze 1-2 bananas (diced) in seperate freezer bags because otherwise it can be hard to just use some of the diced bananas if they are all frozen in the same container.

Before making the nice cream, take the bananas out of the freezer and defrost for 10 minutes.

Then, add everything into a mixer of food processor. Mix until smooth. Add some extra almonds into the nice cream for some crunch!

The tastes and flavours of nice cream you can make vary endlessly …. peanut butter. Chocoate. Salted caramel. Mango. Toffee. Berry flavoured. Or why not add some nuts, cocokie dough pieces or brownie pieces to the mix.

 

Do you have any favourite nice cream flavours, or any suggestions fo rme to try?

Sweet potato oatmeal

Oatmeal is delicious. Sweet potato is delicious.

What happens if you combine the two…?

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Well… a mix between sweet and savoury oats.

Apparently savoury oats is a thing… though it has never been something that has appealed to me or been something i have wanted to try.

My intention for this oatmeal was for it to become sweet… as sweet potato is rather “sweet”. However i found that it turned more into a savoury dish… something about the oats and sweet potato and the salted nuts that made this meal taste more like a savoury lunch/dinner.

I don’t hate this combo, it just might not be my favourite. Sometimes two good things don’t turn into one amazing dish, haha.

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One thing i can say is that it was incredibly filling – alot more filling than oatmeal on it’s own. So i could barely finish this portion.

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If you are looking for a new oatmeal combo… then give this a try… who knows, you may like it!

Otherwise, make mashed sweet potato and add some banan, cinnamon, peanut butter, stevia and nuts – that is an amazing snack/dish to eat!

Recipe for the sweet potato oats?

c.a 60g rolled oats

1 medium sweet potato – baked/microwaved until soft

1/2tbsp chia seeds

Cinnamon, vanilla and stevia

Oatmilk/soya milk

Bananas & nuts for topping – or use whatever toppings you like

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Begin by baking the sweet potato. First step is to poke holes into the sweet potato, then either bake in the oven at 220C for around 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your sweet potato. Or bake in the microwave at fullheat for 5-8 minutes.

When the sweet potato is baked, start making your oatmeal by adding oats, water, chia seeds cinnamon, vanilla and stevia to a pot. I use just enough water to cover the oats. Optional, to add mashed banana to the oats instead of on top of the oats. Heat on medium heat and stir as necessary. Scoop out the inside of the sweet potato and add to the oatmeal. Mix.

Taste and add more flavour/sweetness according to preferance.

Keep stirring until it has thickened, then serve warm with some plantbased milk.

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3 airfryer recipes! Onion rings, tofu wings & french toast!!!

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It sure has been a while since i made these snacks… and i am thinking, i definitely need to remake them again! Life got in the way and i wasn’t able to edit the film i made when i made these snacks…. and well, i wanted to post the video and the recipes at the same time, so this post had to wait!

Today i am showing you 3 new airfryer recipes! 3 new snack ideas you can make.

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You can find my other airfryer videos & recipes, HERE & HERE . RECIPES: HERE & HERE

 

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They were sort of an experiment… aside from the onion rings as that recipe actually comes from Caitlin (From my bowl). So i was pretty sure they would work.

Also the baked tofu “wings” are very simple to make and i have made tofu nuggets in the airfryer before, so i was rather sure they would work as well. HOWEVER, i would recommend that you bake them, then cover them in the sauce and bake for another 5 minutes – just so that they don’t lose their crunch!

And lastly… the french toast. Which didn’t turn out as expected. I cooked them in intervals as i wasn’t so sure how long they needed. But also i think it would have worked better with a more firm bread sort and not just a regular “white” bread, which soaks up far too much liquid and easily becomes soggy. Also… i think it was a little too much chia seeds, and instead maybe i should use flax seeds/crushed flax seeds or just flour as a binder.

So i think i still need to experiment making french toast in the airfryer, however you can find a good french toast recipe i have made before, HERE

You can see how i made the food in the video – posted above! And really, none of them require any exact measurements. But you can see the full recipes below!

For the onion rings: Exact recipe, HERE

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You have a wet and dry mix.

Begin by peeling 1-2 onions, and then slicing into medium thick slices. Then from each slice, take 2 onion layers and that will be 1 ring. (As you see me do in the video!). Place those layers on a plate while you do the rest of the onion.

Mix together the wet ingredients: 60g flour (1dl), 230ml plant based milk as well as some spices. Mix until no longer clumpy – but should not be overly liquidy.

In another bowl pour some bread crumbs and mix with spices.

Then begin by first dipping the onion slices into the wet mixing and coating, followed by dipping into the dry mix. Repeat with all the slices.

Bake in the airfryer at 200C (400F), for 8-10 minutes. You will have to do this several times as you don’t want to overfill the airfryer!

 

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How to make the Tofu wings! 

To make the tofu wings there are a few steps!

  1. Press the tofu of water – you can do this by taking the tofu out of it’s package, placing on a plate and then placing something heavy on top. And leave it there for 30-60 minutes.
  2. In the mean time you can mix together a sauce. I used THIS sauce
  3. Once the tofu is pressed of water, slice it into your desired shape/size of the tofu.
  4. Then in one bowl pour some cornstarch (around 5tbsp), or use flour.
  5. In a second bowl pour around 60ml plant based milk.
  6. And in a third bowl pour bread crumbs along with spice mix – example a premade spice blend. Or just use some salt and pepper!
  7. First dip each tofu piece in the cornstarch/flour, followed by into the plantbased milk and lastly cover in bread crumbs. Repeat with all the tofu pieces.
  8. Drizzle over some oil.
  9. Bake in the airfryer at 200C for around 15-20 minutes. Then slip and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  10. Once done, cover in the sauce and eat. OR, you can cover in the sauce and then bake for another 3-5 minutes!

 

 

For the french toast, you can always test using THIS recipe, but frying in the airfryer instead.

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The recipe i used in the video:

First off – use a sturdy bread which won’t turn soggy, you can of course use plain white bread as well, but it will soak up alot of liquid. Then allow it to harder/turn a little stale by leaving out in the open for 12-24 hours. Or you could even roast it on very low heat for a while in the oven!

In a bowl mix together, 2,5tbsp chia seeds & 220ml plantbased milk. 1/2 tbsp sugar, cinnamon and a little flour (this is optional!). Allow to sit for 10 minutes so that it all mixes together. **Note, you can switch chia seeds for flax seeds!

Cut the bread into slices. Dip each slice into the liquid until covered -not too long, around 10-15 seconds. Place some parchment paper in the airfryer, and then place the french toast slices into the airfryer – don’t overfill. About 3-4 at a time.

Bake around 6 minutes at 180C, and then flip and bake for another 5-6 minutes. Repeat with all the french toast sticks!

In the mean time mix together sugar and cinnamon.

Once the french toast is done, coat in the sugar and cinnamon mix!

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Eat warm and enjoy!

 

 

Hopefully you enjoy these recipe ideas – don’t forget to give my video and view, and check out some of the other videos i have made 🙂

If you have any other video suggestion ideas, or maybe airfryer recipes i should try out, just comment below!!

You can find an airfryer, HERE, and some other kitchen items i use 🙂