Banana Granola

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Total Time
55mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
45 mins

I don't like granola, I often find it bland, dry and boring. But I made this recipe based on another one I found, and I find it perfectly good! A delicious and easy way to add fiber and omega-3 to a diet. You can substitute some of the nuts/seeds/grains to suit your liking. Can be made vegan by substituting the honey with something else, like agave or maple syrup.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 3 cups oats (or replace part or all of it by one or a combination of other flakes such as buckwheat, quinoa, mill)
  • 12 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 12 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded (or flaked)
  • 13 cup sunflower seeds
  • 14 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds, whole
  • 14 cup soy flour (you could use another legume or nut flour)
  • 1 12 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 14 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 13 cup honey
  • 14 cup canola oil, virgin (for plenty of omega-3)
  • 34 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 cup dried banana, coarsely chopped (ideally unsulphured and unsweetened)
  • 14 cup dried dates, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F During that time, chop the almonds, bananas and dates.
  2. Put the oats (and/or other flakes) on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Bake, stirring regularly, until lighly toasted, about 15-25 minutes.
  4. Add the nuts (including coconut) and seeds, and stir to combine.
  5. Bake 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, heat the honey, oil and vanilla in a small saucepan, on low heat, stirring until blended. Also, sift together the flour, cinnamon and cardamom.
  7. Take the baking sheet out of the oven, let it cool a bit and pour the flake/nut mixture into a large bowl. (Leave the oven on).
  8. Add the flour/spices to the mixture and stir.
  9. Then, add the honey/oil to the dry ingredtients, stirring until they are well coated.
  10. Spread on the baking sheet again and bake 20 minutes more, stirring about every 4 minutes.
  11. When done, mix in the dried fruit.
  12. Let cool, then store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  13. Enjoy!