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Coco-Nuts Crunchy Granola with Green Plantain

Coco-Nuts Crunchy Granola with Green Plantain

Store bought granola is one of those products deceptively labeled as a healthy food in stores but if you read the labels and understand the ingredients granola is made of, even the healthier versions, you will want to make one at home. This granola recipe is lectin-free, gluten- and grain-free, vegan and it has no added sugar. Is made with wholesome, healthy ingredients and it’s super delicious.

Vegan, sugar-free, lectin-free granola, easy, smells like heaven

Do you want more reasons to try this lectin-free granola recipe? One of my favorite things about making granola at home, is the smell. The whole house smells like heaven the day you make it. This recipe is super easy to make, but you will need an ingredient that’s not available everywhere in the world. If you live in the North, Central and South America, Asia, some parts of Africa and even many areas in Europe (those who have ethnic markets), you will certainly find green plantains. Green plantains look like bananas, just bigger and much more difficult to peel. The green plantains are the unripe version of the yellow ones. We use the green version becaiuse they contain less sugar and have a more sticky, hard texture. In this recipe, they successfully replace oats, while their stickiness helps with the formation of the granola clusters.

The mix of nuts can be anything you like or have on hand, but below you will find my suggestion; I do love the taste of roasted pecans and walnuts. Skinless almonds, whole or slivered, hazelnuts (but be careful hazelnuts will shed some of the skin while roasting) can be added to the mix.

As a fat you will use coconut butter / manna and coconut oil and for nutrionally dense adds-on you will add coconut flakes, hemp hearts (they add to the crunch and are super tasty when roasted). To sweeten the mix I used dry figs, cut very small which is an approved sweetener if you are following the plant paradox, if used in moderation and occasionally. Yacon syrup can be a great calorie free sweetener. Once the mix is roasted, you can add cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate before storing. There are so many ways to eat this yummy granola.

Another reason why I love this recipe so much, is that I can freeze it and eat almost straight from the freezer. It’s crunchy and my preference when it comes to granola has always been to eat it cold. I love to serve mine with hemp milk, which is my favorite non-dairy milk. I like it in this case even more because it doesn’t have a strong taste and allow my granola flavors to shine.

Although a breakfast food in general, I rarely have granola for breakfast, I like it more as a sweet treat or snack.

Coco-Nuts Crunchy Granola with Green Plantain

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By Claudia Curici
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes

The most delicious lectin-free treat or breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 green plantain, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (divided)
  • 4 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 4 dry figs
  • 3 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional: unsweetened cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate (to be added after cooking). You could also add different nuts and slivered almonds or almond flakes.

Instructions

1

Heat the oven to 300F.

2

In a food processor, pulse the nuts and 1/2 cup coconut flakes, until they break down but they are not completely ground. You want some texture, with the nuts having different sizes. Add the mixture to a bowl.

3

In the same food processor, add the sliced banana, coconut butter and oil, and chopped figs. Pulse until mixed. Add this mixture to the bowl of nuts.

4

Add the hemp hearts, vanilla and salt. Add the 1 cup of coconut flakes left. Mix well with a spoon.

5

Add the mixture to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

6

Bake for about 40 minutes to even one hour, stirring occasionally and keeping an eye on it at the end to make sure the coconut flakes do not burn.

7

Add the cacao nibs if using.

8

Let cool, and store in a glass jar in the fridge for about a week or freeze immediatly and eat straight from the freezer.

9

Serve with cold alternative milk of your choice (I prefer unsweetened original hemp milk).

Notes

Vegan, lectin free, sugar free, healthy. Double or triple quantities if you have a big family, it stores well in an airtight glass container in the fridge. It also freezes well. Great replacement for cereals.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristi Shanks
    June 7, 2018 at 2:25 am

    I make this granola every week! We love this stuff!

  • Reply
    Sheila S. Butler
    July 15, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Would this be able to be packed into bars and hold shape after baking?

  • Reply
    Erika
    August 26, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Claudia – this recipe is perfection! I love how it clumps together and is hardly sweet. Once again I used a green banana instead of plantain and it came out lovely. What a nice treat to keep in the fridge for the week!

    • Reply
      Claudia
      August 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you so much Erika. So happy you loved it <3

  • Reply
    Lisa
    March 4, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Is there anything we can use instead of coconut butter? I would like to reduce the fat if possible.

    • Reply
      Claudia
      March 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Anything I would suggest would be fat. It helps with binding everything together. You can just skip it.

  • Reply
    Angela
    October 2, 2019 at 11:36 am

    This is brilliant! Can’t wait to try. I might also enjoy adding hazelnuts 🙂

    • Reply
      Claudia
      October 2, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      YES, hazelnuts and some cacao nibs :)))

  • Reply
    Greta
    March 25, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Delicious! I don’t own a food processor so I just chopped up everything as finely as I could and it worked great. I also subbed a drizzle of honey instead of figs since I didn’t have any. Hit the spot!

    • Reply
      Claudia
      April 1, 2020 at 10:01 am

      Hi Greta, thank you so much. Good to know it works even without a food processor. xx

  • Reply
    Ann Mitman
    December 27, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    I just tried this today. I had to substitute a few things but i fell it came out a little dry. I liked it better before i put it in the oven for 40 minutes. I didnt have coconut butter so i made my own with the cream in coconut cream and coconut flour, I substituted cranberries for dates, macadamia nuts for pecans, and i used plantain chips so i did have to make my own and didn’t add salt. Would these substitutes change the recipe that much? The flavor is good but over toasted. I am definitely trying it again but these are the ingredients i have. Suggestions?

    • Reply
      Claudia
      December 27, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Ann, everything should work fine, except for the plantain chips. Try with the plain plantain next time, that’s the main ingredient and the secret of this lectin-free granola :). If you don’t find a green plantain, try with green banana. Not 100% the same, but will work better than chips. xx

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