Saturday, January 5, 2013

banana-nut-bread granola

If you take a minute to read the nutrition label on store-bought granola, you might gasp at the amount of added SUGAR and high calories per serving (which is always 1/4 cup by the way.. 1/4 of a cup is a tiny amount of granola). So I decided to make a version of granola that can be sweet with NO ADDED SUGAR!

 The secret: bananas.


-2 ripened bananas (the riper (brown/black spots), the sweeter they will be)
-5 cups rolled oats
-1/2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder (optional, but adds a nice flavor and resembles more of a banana chocolate chip bread if you're into that)
-1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
-1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (a lovely mixture of cinnamon, lemon peel, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom that I found at Trader Joes. If you do not have this, improvise with what you do have--cinnamon especially)
-1/2 cup shredded coconut
-1/2 cup millet (soaked in boiling water for about 15 minutes). Millet looks similar to quinoa and can be found in bulk in health food stores or in packages. I love it because it adds a nice crunch to the granola.
-1 tsp. sea salt

Blend bananas in blender or food processor until almost liquid in texture. Place all dry ingredients in large bowl and slowly pour in banana, while folding into oats. Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Spread mixture evenly onto baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes. If you think it needs a few more minutes, place it back in oven for only a few minutes before rechecking. It can burn easily, which I learned the hard way (but was also reminded that impatience has no place in cooking!)

Let cool and enjoy by itself or with some almond milk (or your milk of choice).

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