“Granola.” There is an innocence to the word. The sound of it, the meaning. It rolls off the tongue quite nicely.
I hear granola and I think sweet, crunchy, nutty and earthy. I also think of what “granola” is also defined as, according to Urban Dictionary – flower child or tree-hugger! Well, whether you are a flower child, tree-hugger, banker or designer I think you’ll like where this is going.
If you’ve read the “about me” page, you’ll know that I love cooking and baking for people I care about. When I learned that my cousin loves granola I started to pester her with granola-esqe questions like, “Do you like dried fruit? What kind?!” “Do you like peanuts?” and on it went. I was looking forward to making this batch of granola because I knew she’d been particularly stressed lately and granola can be a cure-all, right? Especially on yogurt or ice cream.
What I love about granola is that it’s flexible because it allows you to swap in different dried fruits, spices, nuts or sweeteners and also that it’s packed with nutrition. In this recipe I chose the flavors of a PB&J sandwich with banana! Yum city!
Nutritional perks –
Rolled oats – good source of dietary fiber, manganese and thiamin. heart healthy!
Almonds – good source of riboflavin and manganese. a very good source of Vitamin E and protein.
Pecans – a very good source of manganese and protein.
Peanuts – a very good source of monosaturated fats, promotes heart health. a good source of Vitamin E, manganese, folate and protein.
Honey – a natural energy booster. a good source of riboflavin, calcium, copper, iron, potassium and zinc. contains a variety of flavonoids.
Banana – obviously a great source of potassium but also of Vitamin A and a full range of B Vitamins. considered one of the healthiest fruits.
PB&J Granola (aka “Nicki Granola”)
– 2 cups rolled oats
– 1/2 cups unsalted pecans, chopped
– 1/2 cups unsalted almonds, chopped
– 1/2 cups unsalted peanuts, chopped
– 1/2 cups craisins, chopped
– 1/2 cups banana chips, broken into medium size pieces
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1/4 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake for 30 minutes and stir the granola mixture occasionally during the baking time.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.