banana bread granola

This is it! This granola is crispy and chunky and everything I want it to be but it's been a long time in the making. I took out all the oil, syrup and sugar you usually use to make a granola with a satisfying crunch and instead used whole ingredients to make a truly healthy breakfast option. Not overly sweet but still delicious with a subtle hint of banana. I served it with a generous amount of homemade almond butter, fresh blueberries and a grilled banana. I hope you love it!

Ingredients

1 cup dates
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 large over ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sultanas or your favourite dried fruit

Additional Equipment

blender or food processor

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170C/340F.
2. Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with just enough boiling water to fully immerse. Set aside for 20mins.
3. Combine the oats with the pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
4. In a blender add the banana, vanilla, spices and salt along with the dates and the water. Blend until smooth. Add the chia seeds to the mixture and set aside for 5mins.
5. Add this mix to the oats and stir until well combined.
6. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and roughly press the mixture together into the tray.
7. Bake for 30mins. Stirring the mix every 10mins. Once baked turn the oven off and allow the granola to dry out in the oven for 2hrs. Add the sultanas and store in an air tight container. 
8. Serve with grilled bananas and homemade nut butter