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Sunflower Seed Butter Granola Recipe

Sunflower Seed Granola
Homemade granola is incredibly easy to make. Plus, it can be customized to your taste and nutrition goals.
Sunflower Seed Cherry Granola
Take this granola recipe. It’s vegan (made with coconut oil instead of butter and maple syrup instead of honey), and gluten free (be sure to choose certified gluten free oats). If you don’t eat peanut butter, sunflower seed butter is a good substitute to use in recipes. I used Sunbutter sunflower seed butter to make this granola. I melted the seed butter with pure maple syrup and coconut oil, then stirred the mixture into old-fashioned oats. After toasting the granola in the oven, I added dried cherries and some sunflower seed kernels for extra flavor and crunch.
Gluten Free Sunflower Granola

Sunflower Seed Butter Granola Recipe
3 cups gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup creamy sunflower seed butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt 
or kosher salt
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1/4 cup roasted sunflower seed kernels (I used unsalted)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet (15- x 10-inch) with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix oats and cinnamon; set aside.

In a small saucepan combine sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt. Heat and stir mixture over medium-low heat until melted and well mixed.

Add warm sunflower seed butter mixture to oats; stir well to combine. Spread mixture in prepared baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes; stir. Bake 15 minutes more; stir. Bake 10 to 15 minutes more or until dry and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Let cool completely. Stir in dried cherries and sunflower seed kernels. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes about 4 cups

Tips:
-Use your favorite dried fruit like dried cranberries, apples or golden raisins.
-The granola can be made gluten free by using oats that are gluten free. (Not all oats are gluten free.) Since products can change, be sure to read package labels to make sure all ingredients are gluten free.

More sunflower seed butter recipes:
Sunflower Seed Butter Overnight Oats from C it Nutritionally
Chocolate Chip SunButter Granola Bars from The Blonde Buckeye

More granola recipes:
Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Granola
Almond Butter Granola from Eating Clean Recipes

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Sunbutter Granola

Banana Berry Acai Bowl Recipe (vegan)

Coconut Milk Acai Bowl
Five minutes is all it takes to start the day with a powerfully good breakfast. To make this vegan acai bowl, simply blend coconut milk with fresh banana, acai berry puree and frozen blueberries. Spoon the blended acai mixture into a bowl and sprinkle with good-for-you ingredients like almonds, coconut and hemp seeds.

Banana Berry Acai Bowl Recipe (vegan)
1/4 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
1 medium fresh banana, sliced
1 pack (3.5 ounces) frozen acai berry puree (I used Sambazon pure unsweetened acai)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon chopped almonds
2 teaspoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon hemp seeds

Place coconut milk and half of the banana slices in a blender container. Run pack of frozen acai under hot water to thaw slightly; break into chunks. Snip open pack and drop acai into blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Add frozen blueberries to blender; cover and blend until smooth. Mixture should be thick; stop blender and scrape down sides as needed.

Pour mixture into a bowl. Top with the remaining banana slices, almonds, coconut and hemp seeds.

Makes 1 serving

Tip: I use a Vita-Mix high speed blender, which makes quick work of blending frozen fruit. If you use a standard blender, you may need to add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional coconut milk or slightly thaw the blueberries for easier blending.

Vegan Berry Acai Bowl
More acai bowl recipes:
Chocolate Pomegranate Acai Bowls from GI 365
Tropical Acai Bowls from We Are Not Martha
Acai Breakfast Bowl from Health Inspirations

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Power Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies Recipe (vegan, gluten free)

Pumpkin Breakfast CookiesTiny bites, big power. That’s what you’ll get when you make these healthy pumpkin breakfast cookies.

To make the cookies, simply stir together pumpkin puree, virgin coconut oil, pure maple syrup and vanilla. Then mix in oats, almond meal, pumpkin pie spice and sea salt. Add dark chocolate, hemp seeds and cacao nibs and you’re ready to bake. The small batch recipe makes 14 mini cookies.

Power Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies Recipe (vegan, gluten free)
1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree (room temperature)
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted (liquid)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (room temperature)
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla
2/3 cup gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup almond meal (almond flour) or hazelnut meal
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 heaping tablespoons dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl stir together pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla until well blended.

Add oats, almond meal, pumpkin pie spice and salt; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips, hemp seeds and cacao nibs.

Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon measure to drop mounds of cookie dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten and shape cookies with your fingers. (This helps the cookies bake more evenly because the cookies don’t spread during baking.)

Bake 15 to 18 minutes until bottoms are browned. (Ovens vary, so adjust bake time as needed. It’s better to slightly overbake than underbake these cookies.) Cool completely on baking sheet.

Makes 14 small (but mighty) cookies

Tips:
-For gluten free cookies, be sure to use oats that are gluten free. (Not all oats are gluten free.) Since products can change, be sure to read package labels to make sure all ingredients are gluten free.
-The dough isn’t as stiff as traditional wheat flour cookie dough, but it should be moist and hold together when you scoop, flatten and shape the dough on the baking sheet. If the dough appears too dry to hold together, try stirring in an additional tablespoon pumpkin.
-Be sure the pumpkin puree and maple syrup are at room temperature. If you use cold (from the fridge) ingredients, the melted (liquid) coconut oil may solidify and stick to the bowl rather than mix with the other ingredients. It’s important that the pumpkin, coconut oil and maple syrup are well blended.
-This recipe makes a small batch of cookies. Crave more? The recipe easily doubles.

More small batch cookie recipes:
Almond Flour Chocolate Banana Cookies
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eating Clean Recipes
Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies from Eating Clean Recipes

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Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe

Quinoa Breakfast BowlCooked quinoa makes a great breakfast cereal. It can be eaten hot or cold, and tastes delicious with toppings from wholesome (fruit and spice) to indulgent (chocolate and coconut).

Lately, I’ve been eating this simple quinoa breakfast bowl topped with apples, almonds, maple syrup and cinnamon. I prefer to eat the quinoa bowl cold, doused with homemade almond milk.

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe
1/2 cup cooked quinoa (hot or cold)
1/2 a small apple, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped almonds
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup almond milk (I use homemade)

Spoon cooked quinoa into a bowl. Top with apple chunks, almonds, maple syrup and cinnamon. Add almond milk and enjoy.

Makes 1 breakfast bowl

Tip: Love toppings? Try adding a sprinkling of toasted coconut flakes and hemp or chia seeds.

Apple Quinoa Bowl
More quinoa breakfast bowl recipes:
Sprouted Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Almost Instant Breakfast Quinoa from Eating Clean Recipes

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