A great use for overripe bananas, this granola is simple to make, and you can always omit the almonds if you are on a nut-free diet.
Something else. I make a lot of granola and was searching for a new recipe when I stumbled on this one. It sounds so good, yet I knew after reading some of the reviews, it needs some changes. So this is what I did and it came out crunchy: Oven temp should be set at 140. The nuts should be "chopped" using food processor then combine in large mixing bowl with oats. Puree bananas along with chopped dates and 4 tbsp honey together in food processor. Combine dark brown sugar and water and cook in microwave for about 3 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. To it add vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix this brown sugar syrup into oats & nuts. Then stir in the pureed banana, date & honey mixture. At this point, I added about 75g dessicated coconut, completely optional. Stir until thoroughly mixed then spread granola onto 2 large baking trays (I lay baking paper on them). Press granola slightly onto the tray to clump. Place each sheet on it's own rack in the oven & rotate half way through baking time. Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until golden and crunchy, stirring occasionally. When mixture comes out of the oven, I added dried cranberries, cherries & apple slices. When granola is completely cooled, store in airtight container. - 08 Oct 2008
I love this recipe! (I'm eating it as we speak) I haven't omitted or added anything and it always comes out crunchy, you just need to make sure your layers are thin when your baking it. I go for colour rather than timing. It might be a little soft when it comes out but it firms up once its cool. The fruit I use is dried apricot/banana/cranberries/apples and I had come currants so I chucked them in as well. I also added pumpkins seeds, coconut and linseeds because I needed to use them up :D Just as a side note, this recipe fills a 3 litre container when I make it - 20 Oct 2015