A super simple homemade granola recipe to bake and top all of your favorite smoothie/açaí bowls with!
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Nothing beats ending the week or kicking of the week with a little baking! Especially when it is something simple, yummy, and on the healthier side. You finish feeling accomplished, satisfied, and good! I love baking items I can enjoy for days to come. Recently, I have been on a big smoothie and açaí bowl kick! Making at least one or two a week…sometimes three or four. I think it’s due to the rise in temperatures and even more time being spent outdoors. No matter the reason, I’m pretty happy to be on this kick!
Now I LOVE to go out for a good açaí bowl BUT the closest place is 20 minutes away and they’re also $10+ a pop. So making them at home not only saves time but also money! Recently, I have turned a couple of my favorite smoothie recipes into açaí bowl recipes by adding a Trader Joe’s açaí packet. They taste amazing, cool me down, and I would say even revival the ones we order out.
Aside from the açaí it is VERY important to have some fabulous granola to top your smoothie/açaí bowl with! I have been playing around in the kitchen trying to create the perfect simple homemade granola and I think I finally have it! It is very, very simple but could easily be more exciting with the addition of nuts, dried fruit, or additional seeds. I say use this recipe as a base and play around to figure out what you like best!
Simple Homemade Granola Recipe
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons chia seeds
2 1/2 cups oats
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Mix together peanut butter and honey in a medium size bowl until smooth. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and chia seeds until well combined. Add oats and stir until they are completely coated.
Spread mixture onto parchment paper lined baking sheet in as even of a layer as you can get.
Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes – flipping the granola over at 15 minutes.
Place baking sheet on a cooling rack and allow the granola cool completely.
Enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
After baking your granola you’re definitely going to want to create a smoothie/açaí bowl – so here is my go to recipe! Again, super simple and could easily be changed up to fit your personal preference.
Nutty Açaí Bowl – Top with Simple Homemade Granola
1 cup almond milk
1 packet of Trader Joe’s açaí
1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon of nut butter (your favorite kind)
3-4 frozen strawberries or blackberries
1-2 cups of spinach
2 pitted dates
2 scoops of collagen peptides
dash of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined.
Pour into medium sized bowl.
Top with homemade granola (recipe above)