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Banana Almond Granola

Granola of any sort is an easy solution to all cravings plus packs the perfect crunch. Whether you are running out the door late for work, or you want a midnight snack that’s healthy but delicious – granola is the best! Banana and almonds have always been my favourite combo, but feel free to omit and add your own flavours.

Banana Almond Granola

Ingredients

  • 8 cups rolled oats (you can use gluten-free rolled oats if preferred)
  • 2 cups pitted and chopped dates
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted (optional)

directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 Degree Fahrenheit
  2. Add the oats to a large bowl and set aside. Line two 13 X 18 inch baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Place the dates in a medium saucepan with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add more water if needed to keep the dates from sticking to the pan.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the mixture to a blender with the bananas, almond extract, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the date mixture to the oats and mix well. Divide the granola between the two prepared baking sheets and spread out evenly.
  6. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is crispy. Remove from the oven and let cool before adding the silvered almonds (if using). (The cereal will get even crispier as it cools.)
  7. Store the granola in an airtight container.

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