Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Daily Recipe: 21DSD Grain-free Banola #Paleo

Coming to you today with a fantastic snack recipe from the 21 Day Sugar Detox book by Diane Sanfillipo of Balanced Bites.  
Here’s a recipe to get you started!  Might as well share the wealth!  First off, this snack recipe is intended for those that are looking to bust their carb/sugar cravings so you won’t find any added sweetener here.  Keep in mind; however, that a recipe like this is so versatile!  If you’re not in the midst of any sort of food challenge and you want to bring on some extra sweetness — then by all means!  I’ll give you some ideas towards the end of the post to make a sweeter “banola” in case that’s what you’re looking for.  I will tell you — this recipe is fantastic just the way it is and is detailed here as it is in the book.  Great for the kiddos to take to school…great for a change in your morning breakfast routine…and even a suitable snack for those late-night TV shows — after all, we all know that’s when the cravings hit!
Hope ya’ll enjoy!
  • 2 cups whole or halved nuts of choice (walnuts, pecans, macadamias, almonds)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 2 green-tipped bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the whole or halved nuts until they are partially ground and partially still in small chunks.  Pour the nuts into a large mixing bowl, then stir in the slivered almonds, seeds, and almond meal.
  3. Place the bananas, egg, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into the food processor and process until all the ingredients are pureed.
  4. Pour banana mixture into the nut mixture and stir until everything is well coated.
  5. Pour the nut mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, checking every 10 minutes and turning chunks to allow even browning.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool.
**Note — when I made my banola I added a few other ingredients and processed it differently.  I like mine more chunky so I left my nuts whole and halved.  I simply poured them all from the bag to the bowl.  I also added about 1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut — just because.
**Note — the recipe calls for “green-tipped” bananas because they lend less of a sweet taste, but if you’ve got spotted ones on hand yes, you can absolutely use those.  To make your banola even sweeter you could add some raisins, chopped dates or even a few tablespoons of honey along with the wet ingredients.
It is all up to you — but I love snacks that I feel good about!  I opted for adding the shredded coconut, but green-tipped bananas with no extra sugar sure can hit the spot.

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