Spiced Fig Gluten Free Granola
Have you ever just accepted something for what you thought it was without really knowing what it is? I do that a lot. I mishear song lyrics and make up my own unknowingly. I mispronounce pop culture terminology; I swear it took me years to actually pronounce meme “mēm” and not “me-me” and ever since childhood I’ve envisioned “sugar plums” as literal sugar coated plums only to discover just this week that they are NOT in fact, sugar coated plums.
You see, last week when I was writing my post for the Dairy Free Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie that I shared, I mentioned the merriment of the holidays and somewhere in there referenced “visions of sugar plums”…it was then that two things happened. One, I was inspired to make something “sugar plum” for my next recipe and two, I needed to google WTF sugar plums actually were because I had NO IDEA.
Turns out, sugar plums aren’t even plums but just layers sugar coated around a seed or kernel or something like that.
ANYWAY, point being is that since sugar plums weren’t nearly as fun or delicious as they sounded, I decided to play around with figs instead.
Since I live in the literal middle of no where, fresh figs aren’t available so I reached for the next best thing and whipped up this batch of gluten free granola using dried figs instead!
To make it, I simply tweaked my standard granola recipe, added in some seasonal holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and subbed in dried figs and sliced almonds.
The granola is also boosted with plant protein powder as well, making it an awesome and delicious way to refuel after a hard workout or run.
SPICED FIG GLUTEN FREE GRANOLA
- 4 cups gluten free quick rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond butter (add a few more tbsp, if needed)
- 4 oz unsweetened applesauce
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (I used PlantFusion)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 4 oz dried figs, halved
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add oats, almond butter, applesauce, protein powder and spices into a mixing bowl.
- Combine mixture until evenly until large clusters form (some will still be loose, that’s okay).
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture on, distributing evenly.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes, remove and spoon mixture around so that it doesn’t burn and place back in the oven. Bake for another 10 minutes- watch to make sure it doesn’t burn and remove sooner, if needed.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Pour granola into a large bowl along with figs and almonds and mix.
- Store in airtight mason jars.
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