I have a few questions…
Is it wrong to eat sushi for breakfast?
Why does my latest burn look like a comet?
Why have I been shopping for board games online?
When does a love for chocolate covered pretzels become an addiction?
Why do I love sandwiches so much?
How can I combine granola and bananas in one delicious package?
Well. I have the answer to that last question at least. My last couple of batches of granola have been tasty, healthy…but…well…lacking some “ooomph.” You know what I’m saying?
Now, normally, I add applesauce into my granola mix. I’ve found you don’t need lots of sugar or butter for nice and crispy clusters of granola; the applesauce does the job. So…why not substitute some ripe banana puree for the applesauce? Why not indeed!
I used quinoa flakes, oats, millet, chia seeds, cacao nibs….you know…all the good stuff.
The result reminds me of my mom’s banana chocolate chip muffins which is definitely a good thing.
Make it yourself! You’ll see…you’ll love..you may eat it like popcorn but I cannot be held responsible for that.
Banana-Cacao Nib Granola
1 cup quinoa flakes (you can omit these and substitute anything…even more oats)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup millet
1/2 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup chia seeds
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
1 ripe banana
2 tbsp applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil (again, sub any oil)
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Puree the banana, applesauce, maple syrup and coconut oil together in a food processor. Pour over the dry ingredients, mix, and bake in a 300F oven for about 40 minutes, until golden. It will get crispier as it cools. Make sure you stir it as well.