Granola is usually toasted in honey (or a sugar syrup) and oil, which gives it a nice glaze and crisp texture. I wanted to reduce the sugar content so substituted honey for a ripe banana. I mashed the banana and then thoroughly mixed the oats, ensuring they were fully coated in the puree. This version isn’t as sweet as most store bought granola and it doesn’t have as much crunch but it still tastes good.
Making granola at home allows you to chose your favourite ingredients and avoid the ones that you or your child do not care for. I added chopped dried apricot, raisins, flaked almonds, sunflower seeds and unsweetened coconut. I always make sure any dried fruit I add is unsweetened – it is sweet enough as it is.
I like to serve this on top of natural greek yogurt and fresh mixed berries.
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup almond flakes
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 3 dried apricots chopped
- 2 tbsp raisins
- Pre heat oven to 130C / 250f / gas 1/2 and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Mash a banana and mix in half a cup of oats at a time. Make sure the oats are thoroughly mixed into the puree.
- Add almonds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and ginger and mix well. Then tip the mixture onto the baking tray and spread evenly. Bake for 15 minutes, then mix in the remaining ingredients and bake for a further 10 - 15 minutes. Continually check that it isn't burning.