Sunday, June 8, 2014

Banana Nut Granola


2 large ripe bananas
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 cups oats
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (or shelled sunflower seeds)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash the bananas in a large bowl. I use a bent fork, but you could use a potato masher. Stir in the coconut oil, molasses, and vanilla. Add the rest of the ingredients on top of the mashed bananas and stir them all together until thoroughly coated and clumping together. Use your hands to squeeze into clumps if you want.

Spread the granola evenly onto two trays. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, then take the sheets out and stir the granola up a bit to make sure it browns evenly. Turn the oven down to 300 and put the sheets back in to bake for another 10 - 15 minutes, or until toasted to your liking. I like mine a little underbaked. The granola will crisp up as it cools.

It should make about 6 cups, which equates to a dozen half cup servings. Each serving has 215 calories, 12 grams of fat, 5 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, and 22 grams total carbs.

It costs about $4 to make the entire batch, using bob's red mill coconut, with the coconut oil, oats, and walnuts coming from Aldi.