Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Healthy Banana Granola

This healthy and delicious banana granola is the perfect topping for yogurt or is great in bowl with milk.



    Granola loaded with banana goodness is the perfect topping for fruit and yogurt.  It is naturally sweetened and easy to make too.  Just whip up a batch and give it a try!


    We love homemade granola.  It is so tasty and so much cheaper than what you can buy in the store.  Not to mention when you make it yourself, you get to control exactly what goes into it.

     That means no preservatives and only flavors that you love! We have a couple of recipes that we make on repeat.



    There's the toasted maple cinnamon granola that is a favorite for my whole family.  MiMi makes it regularly and it never lasts long when we have a batch at our house either.

     Then there is the newer favorite, toasted coconut granola.  It is super delicious and adds a taste of the tropics to anything you are making.  It also goes fast around here, especially if I don't add nuts.

    The boys in this house are picky that way.  The thing is, I don't mind eating the nuts they pick out!  Then we are all kind of winners, so I go ahead and add nuts sometimes!

    Honey almond granola is delicious as well, but again I am the only one that will eat it.  I really need to get these guys to eat some nut! What is wrong with their taste buds?



     When a box of fun fruits showed up at my doorstep, I knew some fruit and yogurt parfaits were in our future. So I thought it would be fun to try a new granola.

     Since the box was very fruit forward and tropical in nature, I thought it would be fun to use fruit to make the granola. So I got my frozen ripe banana stash out and went to work.

     I will confess that it is is a bit harder to get the crunchy texture of our normal granola with all of that banana in there. Which is really to be expected if you think about it.



    However there are a few things you can do to help get close. The first is one of my favorite tips for granola anyway, pre-toasting the oatmeal.  It adds a little bit of depth to the flavor and will help you get crunchier results.

     The second is giving it a nice long time in the oven. Just be patient and let it do its thing.  Once it is done make sure it is completely cooled before you store it.  Putting warm granola in an airtight container is just asking for more moisture to accumulate.



     This granola is less sweet than our regular granolas, but still delicious.  We enjoyed it by the handful.  We also had some with vanilla yogurt and passionfruit. Then there was the plain yogurt and blood orange curd parfaits, yum!

   I even did something I never do with granola, put some in a bowl with milk. It was really good! Why don't I ever do that?!

     Do you ever make your own granola? What are your favorite flavor combinations and recipes? I'd love more granola ideas!

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you like big clusters, be careful when you stir the granola.  With gentle stirring you can get get nice big clumps with this recipe.  However, it will be harder to get them crunchy throughout.
  • For crunchier granola, break apart the clusters as you stir the granola.  That will allow for more evaporation and toasting and crunchier results. 
  • You want to make sure you granola is completely cool before you put it in an airtight container. Otherwise it will get soggy. 
  • This granola is not super sweet, if you like a sweeter granola feel free to add a couple of Tablespoons of brown sugar. 


Healthy Banana Granola, homemade granola, overripe bananas, banana bread granola
breakfast, oatmeal, healthy
American
Yield: 12 servings

Healthy Banana Granola

This healthy and delicious banana granola is the perfect topping for yogurt or is great in bowl with milk.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 1 hour and 5 minstotal time: 1 hours and 15 mins

ingredients:


  • 4 cups oatmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup flaked or shredded coconut
  • optional: 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, walnuts or pecans
  • optional: 2-3 Tablespoons brown sugar

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Spread oats on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 10-15 minutes. They should start to emit a toasty aroma and take on a slightly golden color. (This step is optional but encouraged!) 
  3. In a large bowl, mix together toasted oats along with remaining ingredients. 
  4. Spread over rimmed baking sheet and bake at 325 F for about 50 -55 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so. 
  5. Cool completely and store in an airtight container. 
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This healthy and delicious banana granola is the perfect topping for yogurt or is great in bowl with milk.

Shared at Meal Plan Monday

8 comments:

  1. Love Bananas, Love Granola, Love you...Big Win, Win, Win!!

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  2. Granola is one of my favorites for breakfast. Banana sounds perfect! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party! Have a great week!

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    1. Homemade granola is the best! Thank you!

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  3. We love granola too and it is so much less expensive to make it than to buy it. This granola sounds really good.

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    1. I love making it at home because then you can control it and you are right, it is WAY less expensive!

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  4. Yum! This sounds like the snack I need for my office!

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