Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My blog is just a baby banana compared to the food blogs of plenty out there. Still, I am proud that Jordana Banana Bakes and Nika Tortilla Travels are one year old this month. Happy Anniversary to us!

Some facts about JBB and NTT:
-I use a Canon PowerShot SX110 IS compact digital camera.
-the blogs are named after my two girls.
-I like simple and delicious recipes that I tweak to make it my own, including the name.

Because it's our anniversary, it is imperative that our granola this month is tossed with banana (chips). And crunchy peanut butter. An Elvis version of granola if you will. Aloha Granola? Amazing Grae-nola? A Little Less Conversation and a bit more of this granola? How about Viva Granola. Yup, I like that. And you will LOVE this.

Viva Granola (Peanut Butter and Banana Chip)

4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
1/2 cup toasted pecans, broken by hand (optional)
20 banana chips or more, broken by hand
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup maple syrup (or honey)
½ cup organic crunchy peanut butter (no sugar, salt or preservatives added)
½ cup Thompson seedless raisins

Preheat oven 325°F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Combine oats, coconut, half of the banana chips and cinnamon.

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In a separate bowl, combine oil, maple syrup (or honey) and crunch peanut butter and gently mix together.

Pour liquid ingredients in with the dry ingredients and gently fold together until coated. Spread evenly on baking sheet.

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Bake for 45 minutes, gently stirring every 15 minutes. Turn off oven and leave the baking sheet in the closed oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Stir in remaining banana chips, raisins and pecans if using.

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Store in a large mason jar with lid or airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks. Snack on its own or with your favourite yogurt while watching this:

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Inspired by copious amounts of granola and granola recipes in my lifetime. © 2013 

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