About this recipe: This recipe calls for almonds but you can use any nuts you like - it's always delicious! A healthy and energising way to start your day. Also great for making your own yoghurt pots!
This is divine for breakfast with greek yoghurt and honey! i added the nuts about half way through cooking, using chopped mixed nuts not flaked almonds, because I like my nuts toasted and in a variety of flavours. It makes enough for me to enjoy every day and I only have to make it every few weeks! Just about to go bake another batch but needed to re-find the recipe since my printed out copy got blasted with the date/banana mix last time when my jug tipped... - 12 Oct 2014
I make a lot of granola and was searching for a new recipe when I stumbled on this one. It sounds so good, yet I knew after reading some of the reviews, it needs some changes. So this is what I did and it came out crunchy: Oven temp should be set at 275. The nuts should be "chopped" using food processor then combine in large mixing bowl with Old Fashioned Oats, they are more nutritious than Quick Cooking oats. Puree bananas along with chopped dates, and 1/4 cup honey together in food processor. Combine brown sugar and water and cook in microwave for about 3 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. To it add vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix this brown sugar syrup into oats & nuts. Then stir in the pureed banana, date & honey mixture. At this point, I added about 1/2 cup coconut, completely optional. Stir until thoroughly mixed then spread granola onto 2 large cookie sheets (I lay waxed paper on the sheets & spray with Pam for no-stick & no mess). Press granola slightly onto the sheet to clump. Place each sheet on it's own rack in the oven & rotate half way through baking time. Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until golden and crunchy, stirring occasionally. When mixture comes out of the oven, I added dried cranberries, cherries, & apple slices. When granola is completely cooled, store in airtight container. - 22 Feb 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Absolutely wonderful. Had everyone guessing at the ingredients and eating it as a snack food. I added the sliced almonds and a cup of coconut with the oats and first mixture and toasted/dried them together and it worked well. I also added 1/4 cup of honey because of the extra ingredients and to get a pinch of honey flavor. A+++++++++ in my book and a definate keeper. What a way to use old bananas too!!! Tip don't put too muck on a pan if you want a dryer or toastier taste keep it single layer. - 17 Sep 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)