Banana Granola

IMG_0411Banana granola originally came about because of how our household works. We always have way too many bananas. I’m not complaining, but there’s 5 people living here, only 2 of them eat really bananas, and there will be literally (I use this legitimately) 2 dozen in the fruit bowl. There’s only so much banana bread and smoothies one can make. That’s how this granola recipe materialized! Plus, using ripe bananas cuts down on the added sugar and fat in this recipe. hmu w granola is what you’re thinking. Read on below.

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The other awesome thing about this recipe (idk if I even wrote the first awesome thing about this recipe…anyways) is that there’s a base and a multitude of options to make it to your taste! Also, you can double, triple, etc. this recipe.

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Lol more pics.

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Recipe: (Makes about 4 cups)
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried fruit (cranberries work the best–other dried fruits seem to release moisture and possibly soften granola. If you use other dried fruit, chop into the size of dried cranberries!)
1/2 cup quinoa
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 tsp. orange zest
2 medium bananas
1/2 heaping tsp. cinnamon
4 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
1/3 cup cacao nibs or dried coconut (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
1. Mix together oats, fruit, quinoa, chia, hemp, and zest in a large bowl
2. In a blender/food processor blend bananas, cinnamon, syrup, oil, and vanilla until smooth
3. Add liquid blend into the oats mix and combine completely
4. Bake on parchment paper on baking sheets in the middle rack of the oven for 15 minutes
5. After 15 minutes, flip the granola so that the bottom pieces are now on top
6. Bake another 15 minutes
7. Decrease oven temperature to 350F, add optional cacao nibs or dried coconut, and bake for 5 minutes

Now you have a yummy, fun, cool, awesome, healthy snack! YAY

Xo Navika

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