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
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, mash the bananas to a puree. Add the maple syrup, honey and oil and stir.
- Pour the bananas and syrup mix over the dry ingredients, stirring well until the oats are well coated.
- 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.
- Let the granola dry for a few hours before storing it in an airtight container. The granola will get crisper as it cools.