Banana Granola

    1 hour 45 minutes

    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.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 2 bananas, peeled and diced
    • 1 1 4/ cups (250g) pitted dates, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 3 tablespoons hot water
    • 3 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 8 cups (625g) rolled oats
    • 250g dried mixed fruit
    • 250g flaked or slivered almonds (omit for nut free)

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour30min  ›  Ready in:1hour45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 120 degrees C.
    2. Puree the bananas and dates in a food processor. Add the brown sugar, hot water, vanilla and cinnamon; mix well.
    3. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl, add rolled oats and mix well.
    4. Spread onto large baking trays and bake in preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring frequently. Cook longer for crunchier result, if desired.
    5. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool then add the dried fruits and nuts, as little or as much as you want, and mix.

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    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


    Altered ingredient amounts. Instead of nuts I used pepitas, sunflower seeds, linseed and flaked coconut.  -  20 Sep 2009


    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