Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola + My Detox Days 4 & 5 Recap

by Sharon on January 2, 2015

Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola

By the end of day three of my detox, I was really bored with snacking on almonds. There needed to be an alternative and did I ever find it in this Detox Friendly Granola.


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Sugar free, Gluten Free, & Grain Free.

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Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola

After some Googling, I found a bunch of renditions of what’s sometimes referred to as ‘Banola’. It’s basically using bananas as the only sweetener in this granola that features nuts and seeds and is free of the usual oats. Not that I don’t love my oats. I am only skipping out on grains for the first seven days of this cleanse then I’m hopping right back on the brown rice train.

My Brand Ambassadorship with North Coast Naturals means they sometimes send me my favourite Daily Cleanse, which I use all the time in my Hemp Seed Energy Balls. Now, I found it apropos to use it in this Granola for some texture in the place of the typical oats. This product is ideal because it doesn’t lose any of it’s nutritional value when it is exposed to heat. Nice!

Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola

Super easy is always nice while on a cleanse. There can be a lot of work involved when you are making every . single . meal . in a limited fashion. This recipe ticks all of the required boxes as far as simple and detox friendly. Stir together the nuts along with the Daily Cleanse (or ground flax) and some ground almonds. Stir ’em up.

Blend together a couple of bananas with and egg and some cinnamon and mix it into the nut mixture.

Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola

I was suuuuper skeptical when I put this in the oven. It looked like detox food. ūüôĀ Not what I was going for obviously.

My attitude starting shifting when the aroma began swirling through my kitchen. Baking banana and toasty, cinnamony nuts. Warm and enticing.

When I took it out at the half way point to flip it over, I was still feeling a tad less cynical.

Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola

After the full time in the oven and a small cooling period, I took a small tentative bite. Then another. Then a few nibbly minutes passed an I figured I better shoot some photos before it disappeared.

Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola

The verdict would be three thumbs up if possible! I have happily been munching away on this for the last two days. It is making this cleanse much easier. Yes, that good. I’m looking forward to playing around with this recipe. So much potential.

Here’s a quick wrap up of my last couple days. Expect Granola and lots of it. ūüėČ

Day 4                                                                                                Day 5                                                                              

  • lemon H20 with cayenne¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†lemon H20 with cayenne¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • 2 clementines¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†2 clementines
  • detox smoothie¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†detox smoothie
  • handful detox friendly granola¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†handful detox friendly granola
  • detox vegetable soup¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†stir fried peppers & onions with spaghetti squash
  • handful granola x 2¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†handful granola x 2
  • hard boiled egg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†detox chopped salad
  • detox chopped salad¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†hard boiled egg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • apple with cinnamon and almond butter

Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola

Check out Day 1, Day 2 , and Day 3 recaps.

Serves 6 cups

Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola
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  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped brazilnuts
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup Daily Cleanse (or ground flax)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Heat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl mix together the chopped and ground nuts with the ground flax and set aside
  3. Place the bananas, egg, cinnamon, vanilla & salt in a blender and mix until smooth. About 60 seconds
  4. Pour over nut mixture and stir well
  5. Spread evenly onto the parchment lined baking sheet and pop into the oven for 15 minutes
  6. Take it out and flip the pieces over and place it back into the oven for another 15 minutes to brow evenly
  7. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes or so then break into pieces
  8. Store in a sealed container at room temperature


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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen January 2, 2015 at 8:32 am
Such a neat idea to make granola with bananas for sweetness! Granola can be such a sugar bomb - even the healthier recipes still call for quite a bit of honey/maple syrup/etc. I find I can often get away with using a lot less though. I'll have to try this banana idea sometime!
Sharon January 2, 2015 at 8:59 am
We loved it so much! I'm sure a touch of maple syrup would just send it over the edge though. I'm also thinking coconut would be amazing. ;) Happy New Year Chelsea! :)
Toronto Girl West January 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm
When I saw you post this recipe on Facebook I thought to myself, "genius." And I stand by that! :) I've chosen to do a DietBet in January and to do a cleanse in the version of Bob Harper's Jumpstart to Skinny. I won't be having a lot of fruit in January but I'll definitely try this in February.
Sharon January 2, 2015 at 9:29 pm
This granola is saving my ass on this detox right now!! Joe isn't doing this one with me and it's hard watching him chowing down on things I love. Like cheese. :( I am eating a TON of fruit though.
Deryn @ Running on Real Food January 12, 2015 at 1:54 pm
I love this recipe! I wonder if it would be okay without the egg? I'm thinking it would still work..what do you think? Thanks!
Sharon January 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm
I imagine a flax or chia egg replacement would work well. Let me know if you try it! Have you ever used the Daily Cleanse as an egg substitute?
Deryn @ Running on Real Food January 12, 2015 at 7:54 pm
Yes, I use it often in baking and it works great.. I think if I mix it up with a little water before adding it in that should work! Thanks!
Sharon January 12, 2015 at 9:19 pm
Good to know! Thanks Deryn. :)

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