Saturday, September 1, 2012

banana bread granola with hemp seeds

My obsession with banana bread has grown almost as bad as my obsession with cinnamon.

I have made four banana breads in the past week, and currently have a loaf of Joy's Oatmeal Banana Bread in the oven. #ihaveaproblem

I decided that I didn't just want to take in my banana bread by the slice -- but also by the spoonful. This granola tastes just like banana bread with a crunchy, nutty, granola texture. It is packed with whole grains, fiber, and a serving of fruit. 

I also threw some hemp seeds in there for good measure. Hemp is considered one of the worlds most nutritious plants, and is known as the "most nutritionally complete food source in the world." Who wouldn't want to start their day with a seed containing a ton of antioxidants, magnesium, essential fatty acids, iron, potassium, fiber and all of the essential amino acids? 

What really takes this wholesome granola (which doesn't taste wholesome at all) to the next level is coconut oil. If you absolutely cannot get your hands on coconut oil, you can substitute an equal amount of melted butter and the recipe will work. But coconut oil is absolutely mouthwatering in this granola, giving it a sweet, rich flavor. It also has many health benefits ranging from stress relief to bone strength.

When I drench this granola with milk, it infuses it with a sweet, warm, cinnamon flavor.  Sinfully delicious, outrageously wholesome. Now that's how I like to do breakfast.

What other desserts would you like me to granola-fy? (I have already done carrot cake)

With love,
Erica


Ingredients
  • 3-4 ish cups thick-cut, old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup banana chips
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs [optional]
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Mix all of the wet ingredients and bananas in a stand mixer. Add oats and let the machine run for a few minutes. Add hemp seeds. Scrape the sides until nice and clumpy. Add walnuts.
Spread granola onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, spreading and turning with a wooden spoon ever so often to make sure everything browns nice and evenly. Let cool, then stir in banana chips and chocolate.

Adapted from HappyYolks

17 comments:

  1. You can never have too much banana bread. This is such a terrific recipe. I've never made my own granola, but I am definitely inspired to do so now.

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  2. Is there a way to granola-fy cheesecake? Hmm...

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  3. This looks soooo good. Can not wait to try it. Lately, I have been on a peanut butter granola kick -trying to find the perfect combo of flavors.

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    1. Ohhh you could DEFINITELY add some roasted peanuts to this mix, or even a scoop or two of peanut butter.

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  4. I have yet to find a pumpkin pie granola that actually tastes right.

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    1. Ohhhh! Thank you so much for the suggestion! That is DEFINITELY on my agenda now that fall is rolling around. I am so excited to start baking with pumpkin again!

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  5. This would be great to pack as a snack for work! I'm a HUGE fan of granola.

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    1. Yes totally! I have already made this recipe three times! It is definitely a keeper!

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  6. Hi Erica - Thanks for sharing this recipe! I can't believe you are in high school - what a cool blog! I've had this granola almost every day that past 10 days. I added ground flax seeds instead of hemp and it turned out well. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it as much as I did! This is one of my favorite granolas in the world (next to my maple almond one!).

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  7. Had this for breakfast this morning and WOW! It was awesome! I added a handful of dried cranberries too. This was so good that all 3 of my little kiddos loved it too! Thanks!

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    1. I'm so glad your kids liked this! It would be delicious with cranberries! I'll have to try that next time!

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  8. Man! Made this on the weekend and you are genius! My kitchen smelled divine- now im gonna devour some this morning for breakfast

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you made this it's my favorite granola ever. I'm jealous that you get to eat this for breakfast tomorrow. My favorite way to eat this is standing up at the counter, warm out of the oven.

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    2. It was out of this world delicious!

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