OMB people! This stuff is like crack. I'm completely addicted. It's splendiferous all by itself but add it to some yogurt with fruit (my favorite being vanilla greek yogurt with fresh blueberries) and it's magically splendiferous. I can't get enough of it. It smells and tastes like banana bread with a crunchy granola texture. It's an entire mouth feel extravaganza (yeah, I've been watching cooking shows again...so?).
You should absolutely try this, but know up front you will be addicted. I've already hidden a couple bananas from Bear so they can get super gross ripe so I can make it again and I haven't even finished this batch yet. That's how good it is.
Banana Nut Bread Granola
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup clover honey
2 really ripe bananas - like disgustingly ripe -- smashed
1 TBS ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cooking sheet with parchment paper
2.) In a medium sauce pan combine oil, honey, smashed bananas, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Mix well and cook over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
3.) In a large bowl combine oats and nuts.
4.) Pour honey mixture over oats and nuts. Mix well until all the oats and nuts are coated.
5.) Spread oats onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet in a thin layer -- too thick and they won't toast up right -- and bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes -- stirring halfway through -- or until fragrant and golden brown (careful not to burn).
6.) Let cool completely. Store in an air tight container. Enjoy!