Technology can be great for hoarding small things. I’m allowed to keep all of my photos I’ve ever taken (even though I need to start deleting them). I have enough music to play for days on end and yet not a cd in sight (although I would be happy if I could have a mass amount of records). But most of all, I hoard recipes. I pin, clip, and save at least 10 a day- it is a bit out of control.
While the majority are stashed for inspiration and flavor combinations, there is the occasional recipe I find perfect. I tuck those away as “must make.”
The problem becomes, I usually decide to make these recipes on a whim with no planning or preparation. This granola was made at 9:00pm on a Monday night just because I felt like having granola.
I’ve been saving Kelsey’s Banana Hemp Granola recipe for a while now (a whole month, actually). I don’t find myself at the store during the summer months and therefore rarely have a banana around. After I decided I wanted to make the granola, I ran to the store only to find that all the bananas were barely ripe (for which a quick roast in the oven took care of that problem).
This granola is perfectly clumpy and crispy. A little greek yogurt, a little honey, and a good size scoop of this granola makes for the perfect meal. I’ve also found myself using just the granola as a quick snack.
If you want a break from the normal, slightly clumpy granola- I suggest you give this recipe a try!
Roasted Banana-Nut Granola
- 2 barely-ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup walnut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch of sea salt
- 3-4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup pecan pieces
- Preheat oven to 400˚. Place whole bananas in the oven and let roast until peel has browned. Remove and let cool slightly.
- Remove banana from peel and place in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add walnut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt. Mix on medium-high until mixture comes together a bit.
- Add the 3 cups of oats and let mix on medium-low until oats are covered. Toss in pecans and chia seeds, mixing and adding a few more oats until granola comes together and clumps.
- Scrap out onto a covered baking tray and return to 400˚ oven. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Half way through baking remove from oven and flip granola.
by Erin Alderson