Thursday, January 3, 2013

Banana Bread Granola (Vegan + Sugar-Free)

We've been a granola-free household since we devoured the Black Forest batch I made.  I haven't felt like making the usual and lacked inspiration for something new.  So I headed to my favorite health food store and explored the aisles.  It was the Funky Monkey snacks that gave me the idea.  These snacks are made from 100% organic, freeze-dried fruit and nothing else.  I purchased 2 bags of the Bananamon (banana cinnamon) flavour.

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Hmm, banana granola...with cinnamon.  Yep, that sounded good, and I knew all the monkeys in my household would love it too.

This makes a lot, because it disappears quickly, and it's a great thing to share with friends and neighbours, but feel free to cut the recipe in half, if you wish.

Banana Bread Granola

1 kg large flake oats (gluten-free, if necessary)
2 tbls chia seeds
2-128 ml pouches, or a heaping cup of organic banana puree (baby food)
2 droppers full of stevia liquid, or to taste
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Fresh grated nutmeg
24g freeze dried banana snacks
1 cup raisins (and/or dried cranberries/blueberries/cherries and/or toasted walnuts or pecans)

Stir together oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.  Add banana puree, stevia and vanilla, and stir until well mixed.  Spread on 2 large baking sheets and bake in the oven for about 25-27 minutes until golden, stirring at least 3 times, and rotating sheets from top to bottom racks.  Let cool and add banana snacks and any additional fruit and nuts you wish.  Keeps in an air-tight container for 3 months.

I think this recipe ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite granolas.  And the girls seem to feel the same.  Makes a delicious and relatively guilt-free breakfast or snack that can fit in to all your health-related new year resolutions!

This recipe has been entered into Diet, Dessert & Dogs'  Wellness Weekend and Urban Naturale's Plant Based Pot Luck Party.