No refined sugar — its sweetness comes from bananas and dates!
Tip: Adjust the baking time based on how crunchy or chewy you like your granola. The longer you leave it in the oven, the harder it will get. Delicious in a bowl with almond milk and fresh fruit.

healthy homemade granola

Banana-Nut Granola
 
No refined sugar -- its sweetness comes from bananas and dates!
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Ingredients
  • 8 cups organic rolled oats
  • ¼ cup each of the following (or substitute your nut/seed/dried fruit preferences): chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds, raisins, slivered almonds
  • 2 cups pitted and chopped Medjool dates
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract (or ½ teaspoon of each)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt (plus more, to taste)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Add oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and slivered almonds (or whatever nuts/seeds/dried fruit you've chosen) to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Place dates and cup of water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes. Stir frequently and add more water as necessary to keep dates from sticking to saucepan.
  5. When dates have become a paste, add them along with the bananas and vanilla or almond extract to a blender and process until smooth.
  6. Pour the date mixture over the oat mixture and mix everything well. Divide the granola between the two baking sheets, spreading evenly in the pans.
  7. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until the granola is crispy (the granola will get crispier as it cools). Store in an airtight container.
Notes
Adjust the baking time based on how crunchy or chewy you like your granola. The longer you leave it in the oven, the harder it will get. Delicious in a bowl with your favorite plant-based milk (almond, coconut, or hazelnut, especially!) and fresh fruit.

 

 

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