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Quinoa Oat Granola - Gluten Free

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Sorry for the lack of recipe posts! I realized I hadn't made granola in FOREVER. I had wanted to try something different from the typical varieties I make, so I decided to test out a recipe with quinoa! Success!! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rainbow quinoa (can use any variety)
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oat bran
  • 1/2 cup gluten free quick cook oats (could do regular rolled oats as well)
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon (yes I like a lot of cinnamon!)
  • pinch of salt (optional, I do not add)
  • 1 egg white whisked/mixed well
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • about 1/2 cup nuts , I used walnuts and almonds . sunflower seeds also great! 
  1.  In saucepan or microwave melt your coconut oil (combine honey with it if yours it super thick). In the meantime whisk 1 egg white in your large mixing bowl.
  2. add quinoa, oat bran, oats , cinnamon and nuts into the large bowl with egg white and mix together. Then add in your coconut oil and honey , mix well. 
  3. lay out on a pan lined with parchment paper and bake for about 20 min in a 350 degree oven.  Tim may vary depending on how big a sheet pan you used and how spread out the mix is, and how hot your oven gets. mix granola half way to make sure all edges get browned a bit.  Enjoy! 

Usage Tip: Great topped over siggis plain Icelandic yogurt with berries (my favorite way to eat it!) or to munch on with morning coffee or tea! Can even be great for a quick pre workout snack on the go, OR mixed with some almond or soy milk for a desert! 

Endurance Eats: Banana Oat "Cookies"

**This batch was made with the addition of peanut butter and peanuts to top!

 

   Looking for a healthy treat to satisfy a sweet tooth? or a good pre- workout fuel that isn't full of additives, sugar,  artificial sweeteners or preservatives? Try these simple and nutritious cookies made with just 4 ingredients: Bananas, oats, egg whites and cinnamon. They may be shaped like a cookie, but certainly are better for your body as they are filled with fiber, natural sugar from the bananas, protein from the egg whites and a blood stabilizing affects from the cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 3 cups gluten free quick cook oats
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash bananas in a large boil, add in egg whites and mix well. Add in oats and cinnamon , and optional coconut oil for added fats.
  3. lightly grease a baking sheet and spoon out mixture into 1 1/2 inch rounds . Bake for 10-12 minutes.

These "cookies" are perfect for endurance athletes looking for something natural and healthy to fuel their next workout, as they are great to have as a quick energy source before, during and of course after!! You could also swap the bananas with sweet potato if you want to try something new , or if you don't love the taste of bananas. The options are endless. Try adding in any of the following combinations:

  • raisins + walnuts
  • chunky natural peanut butter, topped with peanuts and/or choc chips
  • mix in protein powder of choice into batter (id suggest a chocolate or plain)
  • mix in chocolate peanut butter powder and top with peanut
  • cranberries + pecans (or nut of choice)