Purée the bananas and dates in a food processor. Add the brown sugar, hot water, vanilla and cinnamon; mix well.
Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl, add porridge oats and mix well.
Spread onto large baking trays and bake in preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring frequently. Cook longer for crunchier if desired. Once cooled add the dried fruits and nuts, as little or as much as you want, and mix.
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