Banana Nut Trail Mix Granola

Banana Nut Trail Mix Granola
 

Update: I’ve made this granola several times and have made a few changes, so I’m reposting with improved updates. Enjoy!

I love granola, but it’s just hard to find healthy granola that’s not packed with sugar and other ingredients you find yourself pushing aside. I like every bite to be the perfect combination of my favorite ingredients (like cashews, almonds and dried fruit). I also don’t like when I purchase granola that tastes stale (arghh!). That’s the beauty of making your own – you get to have it fresh and your way!
I’ve been making this granola for a few years now and always seem to enjoy switching it up and making different variations. Sometimes I like it simpler, so I don’t add the banana chips or as many nuts. You can do the same. The recipe can also be doubled. Just make sure to add enough of the wet ingredients so the mix is moist before baking.

 
Banana Nut Trail Mix Granola

 

Banana Nut Trail Mix Granola
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Serves: several
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup each of the following:
  • slivered or whole almonds, cashew pieces, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup whole flax seeds
  • optional – 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup grade B pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • optional (a few drops of vanilla extract)
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ½ cup banana chips
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl (except raisins and banana chips).
  2. In small bowl, combine all wet ingredients and whisk to blend.
  3. In separate bowl, mix oil, water and vanilla together and then add to dry ingredients; stir until mixture is dampened.Feel free to mix and match dry ingredients to your taste. For example, you may like less nuts and more raisins, or you may want to add dried apricots, ginger, etc.
  4. Spread mixture evenly on a rectangular baking pan. I prefer a large stoneware pan because of the way it evenly distributes the heat, but a large cookie sheet is fine.
  5. Bake at 275 for 40 minutes. Then turn the mixture for a couple minutes for even baking.
  6. Bake for another 20 minutes and flip mixture again. Bake for another 10 or 15 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Let cool completely; add the raisins and banana chips.
  8. Store in air tight container.

 

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Comments: 7

  1. Anonymous November 7, 2009 at 3:18 am Reply

    This Granola looks really good ! I love the mixture of ingredients . I never thought of making home made granola, but now I'm going to try your recipe .

    Thanks !

  2. Chef Chuck November 14, 2009 at 5:26 pm Reply

    We can't go wrong, homemade! This is good fuel for a daily snack!
    If I were your brother, I would get on my horse quick!

  3. Garlic Girl November 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm Reply

    Thanks for you nice comments. I told you – people like my food, but they are a quiet bunch when it comes to comments!!

  4. Chef Chuck November 22, 2009 at 1:37 pm Reply

    How could they not like your food!! Your family background will contest to that!!

  5. Anonymous December 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm Reply

    Your Nutty Granola is simply the BEST! It is the perfect marriage between nuts, oats and raisins. Can't stop popping handfuls into my mouth as I pass by the jar filled with it on my kitchen counter. I love that you can eat it as a breakfast or dessert. Definitely a winner. Thanks for sharing

  6. Karen Promoting Health2u January 25, 2013 at 9:29 am Reply

    Can’t wait to make this…..love trying new granola recipes….THANKS

    • JodiNina January 25, 2013 at 9:37 am Reply

      My pleasure!

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