I’ve been on a bit of a granola kick lately. I inhaled the quinoa granola I posted a little while ago and had to replenish my stock. This one adds a banana flavour, which is really yummy! Many store bought brands are not only expensive but loaded with extra additives that no one needs. It’s really simple to make your own at home, so let’s check it out…Yields 6 cups
3 cups oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free)
1/2 cup crushed almonds, walnuts, pecans or your favourite nut!
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
3 Tbsp honey, maple syrup, or agave
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 ripe bananas, peeled
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, I used two baking sheets. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, and pumpkin seeds (the raisins will be added at the end). In a separate medium bowl, add the bananas, honey, coconut oil, vanilla and salt. Using a masher or hand blender, blend on medium for a minute or so until smooth. Add this mixture to your oats/nuts and mix well with your hands. Lay the mixture flat on the baking sheet, I spread mine out over two sheets. You don’t want it over lapping. Bake for 30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes to stir. Add raisins or dried fruit during the last 10 minutes. I added mine at the beginning and burnt them 🙁 don’t do this!Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in an air tight container.
Add some almond milk and fruit or sprinkle on top of yogurt and you have a healthy, breakfast or snack. YUM!
Nutritional info for 1/2 cup
172 Calories, 23g Carbs, 8g Fat, 5g Protein, 0mg Sodium, 7g Sugar