Banana, cherry, almond, walnut, & chia seed granola

Granola. 

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Granola. Pretty much all of us love it. Maybe that crunchy satisfying sound of munching on granola is in the same satisfaction family as intentionally stepping out of your way on the sidewalk to crunch fall leaves under your feet. I know you know what I am talking about. Whether you are a granola breakfast person, a granola snacker, a granola bar person, granola for hikes and after workouts, or a granola-omg-all-the-time-person. I use to make granola much more frequently at home than I do now, but I got a lot of granola-making obsession toasted out of my system when I had to make gianormous batches of granola at a time for a job. Also, in the colder months, I am a big lover of warm breakfasts but come nice warm weather I want granola, yogurt, museli, berries, and smoothies for the every-day breakfast. Homemade granola is one of the most flexible things to make that you really have to try making it, at least just once. No shame in store-bought granola, I do it all the time, its just satisfying to have a homemade granola occasionally, you'll see. You could substitute in all sorts of grains, nuts, dried fruit, sweeteners, oils, etc. Just play around with it add, subtract, substitute.... in the end it all comes down to that same happy crunch.

 

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Recipe (Makes a large batch, store in a air-tight container)

Oats - 4 cups

Bananas - 3

Walnut oil - 3TB (Or any oil) 

Dried cherries - 1/4 cups

Walnuts - 1/2 cup (crushed) 

Almonds slivered - 1/2 cup

Chia seeds - 1/4 cup

Cinnamon - 1tsp

Honey - 1/3 cup

Preheat the oven up to 400 degrees. Break the bananas into the blender with the oil and whip with the paddle attachment until the bananas are smooth and creamy. While the mixer is running, drizzle in the honey and add the 1tsp of cinnamon. Toss together the oats, cherries, walnuts, almonds, and chia seeds. Turn off the mixer and add in the oat/nut mixture, scraping with the spatula when needed.

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Spread the mixture out into an even layer on one baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes on one side. Flip over the granola and bake for about 10 minutes until it is slightly golden in coloring (you might need to adjust the cooking time slightly, I recommend check it a few times before it is done... ovens can be different and the ripeness of the bananas can change this a lot). Granola hardens up a lot once cooled. Break it up into pieces and enjoy!

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