Banana-Date Granola

Summary

Yield
quarts
Prep time
10 minutes
Cooking time
6 hours
Total time
6 hours, 10 minutes

Description

Granola is something my husband always looks forward to for breakfast. His day hasn't started yet if he hasn't eaten a bowl of hot cereal with a sprinkle of granola on top. And if we are traveling, it's so easy to put a zip lock bag of granola in our suitcase, with some powdered milk for a quick breakfast. There's nothing better than knowing you're still getting a good healthy meal--even while away from home! This recipe makes a large batch--filling two cookie sheets in the oven, and making about a gallon of granola. If you won't use it very fast, put half of it in the freezer. It'll keep for a long time!

Ingredients

14 c
old fashioned rolled oats (if you buy the oats from the grocery store, this will empty one large can.)
2 c
nuts (I use peanuts, almonds, or chopped walnuts)
1 1⁄2 c
pitted dates
1⁄2 c
almonds (this is your natural oil in the recipe)
1 c
warm water (soak the dates in it before blending)
1 1⁄2 t
salt
1 t
maple flavor (opt.)
1 T
vanilla flavor
2  
Bananas (large size, use 3 if bananas are small.)

Notes

 I use time bake and set the time to start in the middle of the night and stop when I get up in the morning. That way I can take it right out of the oven and let it cool. The house smells SOOOO good when we wake up in the morning!

Instructions

COMBINE first two ingredients in a large bowl.

BLEND remaining ingredients until smooth. (You will need to stop it a few times and help it along with a spatula--it's very thick)

POUR blender mixture into the oats and mix well.

DIVIDE between two cookie sheets and place in the oven.

BAKE at 200F for 6 hours.

REMOVE from oven. 

ADD 2-4 cups of raisins or other dried fruit, if desired.

STORE in airtight container.