Banana Granola

banana granola

Want to make your own granola? It’s easy and made of ingredients most people have in their pantry. It’s delicious in oatmeal, yogurt or just by the handful. It’s also crunchy with a nice sweet earthy taste. It took me 3 times to get this banana granola right. The first time, I overcooked it causing it to be overdone. The next time, I undercooked it which made it chewy and soggy. My third time making this granola was success. I made sure to keep it on low heat and allow it to get crunchy but not overdone. Keeping the granola t 200 degrees at the end is the key.

The consistency of the granola before baking should be like a wet cookie dough. Depending on the size of your bananas, the amount of oats will vary. If I add more bananas to my wet ingredients then I will need more oats (more liquid, more oats). As you are making the granola, add oats as needed. 3 cups of oats is a perfect amount to start with. You don’t want to add too many oats because it will dry the granola out.

Kid Friendly Tips: Kids can easily help with the recipe by combining the ingredients together and simply adding the oats and wheatgerm. Feel free to add any mix ins that your little one likes. I added banana chips and chocolate chips but yogurt raisins, raisins, nuts or dried fruit would be delicious too.

Carryover Book: Granola Farm

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2 large overripe bananas (3 smaller bananas)

1/4 cup of pure maple syrup

1/4 cup of canola oil

1/2 teaspoon of salt

3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of ground spice

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3  cups of old fashioned oats (add more as needed)

3 tablespoons of wheat germ

1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1/4 cup of crushed banana chips

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1. In a food processor pulse banana until smooth. Add syrup through oil. Pulse a couple of times until incorporated.

2. Add vanilla extract and pulse.

3. In a bowl combine banana mixture with oats and wheat germ. You want the mixture to be wet.

4. Spread granola with a spatula onto a greased cookie sheet. You don’t want to crowd the pan so you may need two pans. Bake at 300 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Throughout the baking process, use a spatula to break the pieces down, turn the granola and mix.

5. Lower the temperature till 200 degrees and let bake until crunchy.

6. Take out of oven and cool.

7. Add chocolate chips and banana chips (or mix in of your choice)

8. Store in airtight container (if you have any left over!).
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