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Nut-Free Granola Butter

A delcious peanut butter alternative. Lightly sweetened, protein-packed, and tastes like oatmeal cookies
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cup rolled oats, gluten free if desired
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed (flax meal) optional
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds or sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 to 6 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup avocado oil or melted coconut oil (use refined for no coconut flavor) Or replace half of the oil with sunflower seed butter for extra protein

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oats on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until oats are lightly toasted, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Add oats to a food processor or high-speed blender. Grind into a fine powder. Add flax, seeds, cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp of salt. Process for 2 to 3 minutes at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides. Clumps will start to form after 5 to 8 minutes. If your mixture still looks like sand, that ok, continue with the recipe. Adding oil will make it come together eventually.
  • Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. Turn machine on then stream in 1/3 cup of oil. Stop and scrape down the sides and the bottom of the food proccessor and blend again.
  • If granola butter is too thick (not as spreadable as you'd like), blend in 2 more tablespoons of oil (or more as needed). Taste and add more salt or sweetener if you'd like. Scrape granola butter out into an airtight container or small mason jar. Store at room temperature for a week or in the fridge for a month.

Notes

Flavor additions: add 1/4 cup toasted coconut with oats to make a coconut flavored granola butter. Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to make it chocolate.
Keyword gluten free, lunch box, nut free, school lunch