This banana nut granola was made on a total whim. I wasn't totally sure how it would turn out, but it ended up being fantastic! Both roommates tried some and both of them enjoyed it. As for me, I've been snacking on it everyday since I made it. It stores nicely for about a week in an airtight container on a countertop. I'm very excited to share this recipe as it is not only delicious, but contains no refined sugar. While I did use some maple syrup for flavor, the overripe bananas are the main reason why this granola contains no refined sugar. When bananas are overripe, they have a stronger flavor and also become sweeter. This lessens your need for added sugars, which is why bananas are so awesome in baked goods. And in general. I generally just love anything with bananas.
Last weekend, I went camping in upstate New York with my sister and a friend of ours. Let me diverge from food talk for one moment to tell you how beautiful it was: It was BEAUTIFUL. We went to Watkins Glen, Taughannock Falls, and Robert H Tremans State Park, which was my personal favorite. So many water falls, trees, and other incredible sights to take in.. I loved it. The reason I bring this up, though, is because I had bought some oats to bring along so I could eat them for breakfast. I ended up bringing him about half the container, so I knew I had to do something involving oats when I returned and I had been meaning to do a granola. Then, I noticed that one of my roommates had some forgotten bananas in the fridge. While most people may see a blackened banana and deem it inedible, my eyes light up.
As for the add-ins, I went a non-traditional route. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of walnuts. I do like banana walnut muffins and I do have a banana walnut french toast recipe, but they just aren't my favorite nut. Bananas also pair well with so many nuts, so why stick to something that we see time and time again? I chose to go with pecans, because they're my favorite nut, as well as some hazelnuts.. mostly because I saw them in the store and thought they'd be a fun addition. You can keep things classic with walnuts, do walnuts and pecans, just pecans, almonds, or no nuts at all! This part I would definitely cater to your personal taste.
Banana Nut Granola (GF)
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