Banana Bread Granola

We’re not huge granola fans at our house, but we do enjoy it from time to time. Most commercial brands of granola have an incredible amount of sugar and not a lot of added nutrients in the form of seeds and nuts. That’s where the real nutrition lies, and, while a particular product may contain nuts and seeds, it can often be pretty stingy. For these reasons, we like to make our own.

Looking for inspiration this week, I leafed through the beautiful “My New Roots” cookbook by Sarah Britton. She has a recipe for Banana Bread Granola that I thought looked promising. I’m sure her recipe is delicious, but I wanted to add sesame seeds (rich in calcium and other important minerals) and pumpkin seeds (rich in zinc, iron, antioxidants, omega-3 fats), and eliminate buckwheat groats (I find them too hard in foods like this, and I like my teeth). So with an adjustment here and an adjustment there, I made this granola which made the house smell absolutely wonderful!

Sue’s version of My New Roots Banana Bread Granola

1/3 cup coconut oil
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 cups rolled large flake rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup raw walnuts

Melt coconut oil. Place coconut oil, bananas and maple syrup in food processor or blender and blend until well combined.
In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Pour oil mixture over dry ingredients and incorporate well. Place mixture on parchment-lined baking tray. Cover with waxed paper and use a rolling pin to even out and “compact” the mixture. This will help the granola stick together in large pieces. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from pan and use a spatula to flip over granola in large pieces. Return to oven. Repeat “flipping” process every 5 minutes until granola is lightly browned and dry. This should take another 15 – 20 minutes. Once done, remove from oven and let cool. Store in airtight container. Enjoy!