Sometimes I like to take a break from the butter and sugar and focus on making quasi-healthy food.
Did I just say that out loud? I don’t even know who I am anymore!
But in all seriousness, sometimes it’s just as fun to come up with recipes that not only taste good and make you smile, but that nourish my body as well. Makes me feel…oh, what’s the word…happy. Excited. Self-aware in the good way.
Now if you’ve been reading for a while you know that I do not like the typical blog world breakfast foods: granola, oatmeal, Oats in a Jar, overnight oats. Anything oats-y is really not my thing, so when I make oats-y stuff it means that I must really be craving healthier foods. Either that or I’m going crazy.
I’ll let you be the judge of that.
I was a little scared of how this granola might turn out…I mean, it’s only sweetened by a super-ripe banana and a tiny bit of sugar. It’s got hardly any fat per serving (well, I didn’t calculate it, but since there’s a tiny bit of vegetable oil and the rest is peanut butter I feel OK saying that). How would the granola be crunchy? Would it taste weird? Would it be even close to worthy of a breakfast or snack item?
I’m here to tell you YES. Yes to all of it and then also that you need to go make this immediately. Even if you’re not oats-y like me.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flax meal or regular flax seed
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup nuts of your choice (I love and have pecans, but anything you like would do)
- 1 large very ripe banana, cut into slices
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup peanut butter, melted slightly
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 300. Combine all of the dry ingredients (oats, flax, wheat germ, nuts) in a bowl. Set aside. In a food processor add the banana, sugar, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Process until completely smooth (side note: you can certainly mash it all together till smooth, but I like the food processor). Pour over the dry ingredients and mix until it’s all combined. Pour onto a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 300 for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is golden brown and crunchy. Let cool completely before storing. Enjoy!
I know, you guys are probably leaning toward the me-being-crazy thing, but make this first and then let me know what you think then! I can’t guarantee I’ll keep up with the healthy recipes, but I can guarantee that they’ll taste good!