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Looking for a great meal prep breakfast recipe that’s lower in sugar and allergy friendly? Make this gluten free and vegan Banana Sunflower Seed Granola recipe on Sunday and have it for breakfast and snacks the rest of the week!
With the decadence of the holidays over and the New Year well under way, we’re looking for ways to make our recipes even healthier so we can meet our health and fitness goals. Reducing the amount of sugar in our family recipes is something I try to do regularly, so I keep natural sweetener products like Truvia Natural Sweetener in our pantry
When we were kids, my parents didn’t buy a lot of packaged foods, so we ate mostly homemade food. So instead of morning cereal, Mom would make a big batch of granola with sunflower seeds almost every week. I loved it!
Granola is still one of my favorite foods these days! I created this recipe as a nod to Mom’s granola recipe, but this one is lower in sugar, gluten free, and has an awesome banana crunch to it. This Banana Sunflower Seed Granola makes the perfect make ahead breakfast or snack, prep it on the weekend and have it ready for the rest of the week!
This granola is lower in sugar than many traditional granola recipes! If you want to make this recipe even lower in sugar, you can omit the maple syrup completely and add 1-2 more packets of Truvia Natural Sweetener.
I add the baked banana chips after baking to make sure that they don’t get overly crunchy or too hard. The baked banana chips are crispy and not too hard, but if you prefer ones that still aren’t quite as crunchy, you can use freeze dried banana pieces in this recipe instead of baked banana chips.
For a little more cinnamon flavor in this recipe, I also used baked cinnamon banana chips, but you can use regular baked banana chips here if you can’t find the cinnamon ones. We broke up a few of the bigger banana pieces so that the granola was easier to eat, but if you’re using this mostly for snacking, you can leave all the banana pieces whole.
Truvia Natural Sweetener
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Banana Sunflower Seed Granola (Gluten Free and Vegan)
Makes about 2-1/2 cups granola, serving size is 1/3 cup
- 1-1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut optional
- 5 packets Truvia Natural Sweetener (about 1 Tablespoon)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Dash allspice
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup baked banana chips (I used baked cinnamon banana chips in this recipe)
- Preheat oven to 300° F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, sunflower seeds, coconut, Truvia Natural Sweetener, cinnamon, salt, and allspice.
- In another bowl, melt the coconut oil for about 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave. Then stir in the maple syrup and vanilla.
- Add the coconut oil mixture to the oat mixture and stir well to mix, making sure to incorporate any spices that may have settled to the bottom of the bowl.
- Spread the oats evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- Stir the granola on the pan and bake for another 10 minutes. Stirring every 5-10 minutes helps the granola to brown evenly.
- Stir the granola on the pan and bake for 5 more minutes.
- Stir the granola and bake for 5 more minutes one last time IF you want it to be a bit more brown. If it has browned nicely to this point, you don’t have to bake it anymore.
- Add the baked banana chips to the granola and stir around. Cool the granola completely on the pan, stirring periodically to allow even cooling and drying.
- Store in an airtight container for 4 days. Enjoy!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist