Zucchini Bread Granola!
As a gluten-free girl these days, I try to eat mostly things that are naturally gluten free instead of using lots of supplementary grains and starches, but sometimes you just need a muffin, right? Well, when I’m not there yet, but I still want something sweet instead of savory (like eggs) for breakfast, yogurt and granola is my go-to meal. My recent reading has led me to believe that all grains should be pretty limited, but oats are good middle ground in my mind as I continue to transition away from wheat.
On a totally different topic, Scott and I have been getting CSA boxes every week from The HomeGrown Farm, a local farm. We have had large and delicious zucchini (and all sorts of other great fruits and veggies)! I decided to try out zucchini bread granola when my desire for zucchini bread settled in. Now, to be honest, this tastes pretty much nothing like zucchini bread, but it is delicious and definitely worth a try.
I love that I’m getting a bit of veggies into my sweet breakfast too…even if it’s minuscule, it’s more than my other granola recipes have!
Zucchini Bread Granola
Adapted from Healthy Food for Living
YIELD: 8 – 1/2 c. servings (Let’s be real…this lasted me about 4 mornings with an afternoon snack thrown in one day.)
- Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray a cookie sheet.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the grated zucchini, canola oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until well-combined.
- Add oats to wet ingredients. Using your hands, break up the clumps of grated zucchini and stir until the oats are evenly coated. Spread mixture on the prepared cookie sheet in an even layer.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove sheet from the oven, stir the nuts into the granola, and break up any remaining clumps of zucchini. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown and crisp.
- Remove granola from the oven, cool for 10 minutes, and then toss in the raisins. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I have! What are your favorite zucchini recipes?