I can’t believe it’s May already. We’re nearly halfway through the year now. Whoa.
I feel like I’m surprised whenever a new month starts, but really where do the days go?
Are you happy to see a recipe on here that’s not a cookie recipe? I enjoyed doing the month of cookies because I had been struggling with coming up with things to make and feeling a bit uninspired, so having a goal of making a variety of cookies was fun and a gave me a bit of a goal. And now if you’re ever craving cookies, you can just hop on here to find all sorts of different cookie recipes! My blog can be a cookie directory.
I actually didn’t even manage to post all my cookie recipes within the month, so there will be some more cookie recipes to come, but I’ll give it a little break.
Today is all about granola. This caramelized banana granola is possibly the easiest granola ever – it calls for very few ingredients and you can add whatever you like to make it your own!
This granola came to be in a moment of panic. I really wanted a bowl of granola and fruit for a snack one afternoon, but realized I had finished my last batch off. When I say I wanted granola, I mean I needed it. So I made this up really quickly and it ended up being one of my favourite granolas so far. Which is saying a lot because I once but cookie dough in granola.
The caramelized banana gives the granola a deep banana flavour and a delightful sweetness, it also makes it nice and crispy. To caramelize the bananas all you do is cook them in a pan with a touch of coconut oil until they get golden and gooey. Then you mix all that caramelized goodness into a bunch of grains, mix it up, put it on a tray, bake for a few minutes, and then you’ve got yourself a tray of freshly baked granola!
I am not a huge fan of nuts or dried fruit in my granola, I’d much rather add them to my bowl myself if I want them, so this granola doesn’t have either but feel free to add whatever mix ins your hearts desires. It’s your granola! I really love to put puffed rice or puffed corn in mine, but I was all out when I made this womp womppp.
My favourite way to eat granola is with banana slices, strawberries, and vanilla almond milk. Or cashew milk because the unsweetened kind is finally available here! It’s so creamy and delicious. I almost jumped with joy when I spotted it at the store.
In other news, I got a job! I got a job! It’s a part time dishwashing position at a raw/vegan cafe and I’m really excited about it. I actually emailed this cafe about a job before I moved here 2 years ago and now it’s finally happening. I did actually jump around my room with excitement when I was offered the job – I am so excited. Also a little nervous because new things are scary. But mostly excited.
If you whip up this granola, show me how you enjoyed it on Instagram or Twitter! Or just tell me all about it in the comments!
- 1¼ cup oats
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- ⅛ cup buckwheat groats
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 banana, sliced
- coconut oil
- optional add ins: chia seeds, chopped nuts, puffed brown rice, flax seeds
- Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Heat a pan with a little coconut oil, just enough to keep the bananas from sticking. Add sliced bananas and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until they begin to bubble around the edges. Flip and cook for 2-3 more minutes or until they're soft and gooey.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large bowl mix the oats, coconut, buckwheat groats, cinnamon, and any other add-ins.
- Mash the caramelized banana as well as you can and then add to the dry ingredients.
- Stir the banana through making sure everything is coated.
- Transfer the granola to the baking tray and spread evenly.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, lightly stirring halfway through. Remove from oven once the granola is golden.
- Let cool and then enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
What are your favourite things to put in granola? What are your favourite things to put granola on?