Homemade Banana and Maple Syrup Granola

I’ve tried to make homemade granola a few time, based on the excellent recipe from http://orangette.blogspot.ca/2008/02/consider-it.html. It’s a pretty good recipe to get started, but it was still missing a little something : when I swapped the applesauce for a few overripe bananas lying on my counter, it turned out great. The whole kitchen smelled of bananas for a few days, but the taste is not overwhelming.

Granola with plain yogurt, my favorite!

Here is my version of the recipe, with many adjustments :

5 cups of rolled oats
2/3 cup of almonds
1 cup of sunflower seeds
2/3 cup of sesame seeds
2/3 cup of brown sugar

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of powdered ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom

3 ripe bananas
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1/4 cup of honey
2 tablespoons of canola oil

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mash the bananas to a puree. Add the maple syrup, honey and oil and stir.
  3. Pour the bananas and syrup mix over the dry ingredients, stirring well until the oats are well coated.
  4. Spread the granola on two baking sheets lined with paper. Bake for 30 minutes at 400F (200C), rotating the sheets and mixing the granola every 10 minutes.
  5. Let the granola dry for a few hours before storing it in an airtight container. The granola will get crisper as it cools.

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