Banana Bread Buckwheat Granola
You know when people don’t have anything to talk about so they talk about the weather?
Herein lies my current predicament.
I made this granola on Tuesday and it’s been cloudy-less-than-ideal-picture-taking weather ever since.
Do you know what happens in 3 days to a jar full of granola that tastes like banana bread? Let me tell you, the supply quickly dwindles. I was beginning to think this post wasn’t going to happen. One more day of rainy weather and that granola would have been gone.
I mean it’s kinda like not even my fault because granola is just so perfect for everything. Smoothies, greek yogurt, to eat with a spoon out of the jar, to eat with you hands out of the jar…you see?! EVERYTHING! And this granola isn’t hard and crunchy like your normal granola but instead dough and bready. So that makes it even more enticing because it’s something new and different. Or maybe it just sounds weird to you? Well then just think about how we all like to eat Chia Pet hair now…and then it doesn’t sound so weird anymore.
Or maybe it still does.
For me, nothing in the food world really sounds weird anymore after people, including myself, started putting avocados in cookies.
But one thing I do know…banana bread is good. Granola is good. And if you take the banana bread flavor and stuff it inside little clusters of granola ahhh just ohmeegahhhh.
And granola just has a way of sitting on the counter and screaming your name, kinda like chocolate chips in your pantry. But yes, granola on the counter will have a way of screaming your name and you probably will go and get a handful because it’s just so darn doughy but with a slight crunch and you just.can’t.resist.
Little handfuls of food are one of those things I do that I probably shouldn’t but I’m totally gonna do anyways. Kind of like when I count out the number of sweet potato tortilla chips in a serving but as I’m pulling the chips out of the bag I eat the broken ones and pretend like they don’t count. Or when I eat all the delicious things (read: chocolate) out of trail mix and leave all the inferior snack foods behind. Hmm. Like I said…I’m a work in progress, my friends.
Banana Bread Buckwheat Granola
makes about 3 cups
1 cup oats (quick oats or old-fashioned oats)
1 cup buckwheat groats
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup raw pecans, roughly chopped
1/4 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
1 banana, mashed
1/3 cup peanut butter (mine had no added sugar but did have added salt)
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp honey
Optional: 1/4 cup dark chocolate covered cacao nibs (or dark chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, combine oats, buckwheat groats, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, pecans and almonds. In a separate bowl, combine mashed banana, peanut butter, vanilla, coconut oil, and honey. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient and use your hands to mix everything together. Line a non-stick baking sheet with foil and spread out granola mixture on top of the foil. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow granola to cool on pan for 30 minutes. Add in chocolate covered cacao nibs/dark chocolate chips. Store in a glass jar for a week.