Sunday, April 1, 2012

Granola Topped Banana

Since my yogurt turned into cheese (and I am not complaining about that--the cheese is AMAZING!) I don't have any venue for my home made granola. It's just sitting in the cupboard. Also sitting around are somebananas I bought a week ago. Now remember: brown spots=ripe=sweet!


I wondered what it would be like if I ate some of this granola over a mashed banana. So I peeled it and put it into a bowl, mashing it with the tines of my fork. Then I poured a scoop of granola over the banana mash. I bet you're wondering how it tastes too. UH-MAZ-ING!!

I'm on my 2nd one for breakfast. Yogurt is the farthest thing from my mind right now!

My Recipe for Homemade Granola
6 cups of steel cut/old fashioned oats
Seasonings to taste (I sprinkled generous amounts of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice)
1/4 cup of extra virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup (or more) of honey
1/4 cup of slivered almonds
1/4 cup of raisins
3 tbsp whole flaxseeds

1) Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Place oats in a high sided pan such as a roasting pan. Don't use a cookie sheet or you'll lose your granola.
3) Sprinkle spices over oats. Toss with a wooden spoon to distribute.
4) Meanwhile, heat coconut oil and honey in a small butter warmer until both are melted and combined. Pour oil/honey mixture over oats in a thin stream. Toss to coat.
5) Place pan in oven for 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on the oats.
6) Remove from oven and mix the oats around. You might find the ones nearer to the edge of the pan toasting faster.
7) If needed, place back in the oven to toast until the oats are golden-light-brown.
8) Remove from oven. Add nuts, raisins and flaxseeds.Toss and let cool for 30+ minutes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.