I must confess- I am all about them nuts. I enjoy them in my face. A lot of us do. However, it is that nut tolerance privilege that allows me to do so- a privilege that some do not have. So after far too long, I introduce my first nut-free granola recipe, in the form of banana bread-y goodness.
DISCLAIMER: I do use coconut oil in this recipe, so if that counts as a nut for some of you, I do apologise. However I have avoided using any peanuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, conventional nuts etc etc etc. If you want me to do a nut-free recipe without any coconut oil either, drop me a line. Put me in my place. Tell me to try harder god dammit.
Does this granola taste like banana bread? Hell yes. Is there any added sugar? Hell no.
Get ready to get hyped for breakfasts all over again. This one’s a good ‘un.
100g Raw Buckwheat Groats
3 Bananas (like a medium, average size. Don’t go overboard with your bananas, don’t skimp on your bananas. Be firm but fair.)
20g Coconut Oil (the kind that is solid at room temp.)
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. In a food processor, blend together bananas until they reach the consistency of a chunky paste. Add the cinnamon and half of your raisins. Blend until the bananas are smooth.
2. In a mug, microwave your coconut oil for 30ish seconds (or until melted). Pour into your food processor with your banana goop, and blend together for 20-30 seconds. Set aside.
3. In a mixing bowl, mix your oats, buckwheat and remaining raisins together. Pour your banana goop into the bowl with your dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour out onto a foil-lined baking pan and flatten out with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
4. Bake your granola in the oven for 45 minutes, and take it out to give it a stir about every 15 minutes, so that it gets crispy and golden brown on the bottom as well as the top. Don’t worry about some of it sticking to the foil, this will happen. I find that if you wait for the foil to cool after removing the granola, and you give it a bit of a scrunch, you get a lot of the mix come off the foil like crunchy banana chips, and you can throw these right into the mix with the rest of your joyous granola.
Serves 6, because who goes to that kind of effort for anything less than 6 good portions of breakfast.