Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Granola

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Granola vegan

Stop. This is not your healthy, agave-sweetened, raisin-and-prune granola. I love those granolas, but this is NOT one of them.

This is more like a chocolate chip cookie in granola form. Or I guess banana bread in oatmeal form. It’s not shy on the sweet stuff. It’s not shy on the nuts. It’s full of chocolate and crunch and madness. I have to be careful when making granola at home, because I inevitably find it addicting. But this tops all.  I just could not stop eating it.

And it was extra easy to eat because of how CLUMPY it was. Clumpy clump clumps.
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Yeah, towards the very end of the batch there were some stray grains, but that’s what spoons are for. Or what turning-the-bag-upside-down-over-your-mouth-like-you’re-a-baby-bird-but-only-if-nobody-is-watching is for. No judgments.

Oh, speaking of addicting, my friend recently recommended the book 14 by Peter Clines. Y’all need to read this book, NOW.  Even if you don’t normally enjoy sci-fi, you will like this one. Promise.  I only enjoy sci-fi on irregular occasions, and this was very much one of them. I almost wish it was a series and not one lone volume. Sorry to jump from a granola conversation to a book conversation. It’s been a long week and I’m feelin’ a little jumbled. I’m so glad it’s Friday. Thus, here is the current mix of Cookies and Coffee with Friends. (cookies and coffee with friends, vol V)

Danguole’s Turkish Egg with Garlic Chive Yogurt.  I love a soft egg buried in salty yogurt. This is the very definition of a simple-yet-elegant meal.

Peanut Butter Day was this week. I missed it, but if we’re being realistic, every day is peanut butter day. To wit, Jess’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Cups. 

Chocolate and cheese in the same bite, it’s . Nicole’s Parmesan Chocolate Mascarpone Truffles  Only the most epic ladytime food ever.

Amy somehow found a way to improve the Samoa with her Easy Samoa Truffles. My main deterrent in attempting my own samoas was they they looked laborious, but that is no longer an excuse.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this or not, but I love raspberry with chocolate.  A in, Raspberry Filled Chocolate Chip Cupcakes.

After all those deliciously naughty treats (and this granola), I need to clean it up a little with beet hummus. So pretty!

Welp, that’s about it. I hope your weekends are fun and relaxing and filled with people that you love! Or at the very least, some good dessert and a big glass of wine.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, divided
  • 1 3/4 cups banana chips, divided
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup walnut bits
  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tsp grated orange peel, optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a blender, pulverize 1/4 cup of the oats with 1/4 cup of the banana chips
  3. In a pot over medium low heat, combine the almond milk, the coconut oil, and the maple syrup. Add the almond extract, cinnamon, orange peel, flax, and pulverized oat mixture. Stir well.
  4. Add the walnut bits and the oats.
  5. Remove from heat and dump onto a baking sheet, patting out to spread.
  6. Break up the brown sugar and sprinkle chunks over the top.
  7. Bake for ten minutes and then turn off oven. Do not open the oven for 3.5-4 hours!
  8. Remove from oven, break it up a little, and then add the remaining banana chips and the chocolate chips.
  9. Use all the self control you have.
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Simple Granola

Simple Granola

I have mixed feelings about this granola.  ha.

I apologize to you for opening with such a terrible granola joke.  Apparently I get all my schtick from popsicle sticks.

This granola is – forgive my hubris – simply amazing. I love it and I couldn’t keep my little paws of out the bowl. I finally had to seal it up and put it int he freezer so I would stop thinking about it.  The mixed feelings come from the fact that this started out as a savory snack. I’ve been trying to develop a decent savory-spicy granola for a long time, and have been failing. For a long time.  This was oh, version 3.5 of testing. “3” meaning the third time I’ve tried, and “5” meaning the fifth batch of the third attempt. After the batch 3.3 failed, I just gave up (ahem, temporarily set aside) the idea altogether and decided to go with traditional sweet granola. Like most things in life, tradition can be both good and bad. Granola good. Patriarchy bad.

Out of the fury of wasted oats comes this a crisp little snack.   It’s crunchy, of course, with little chewy pockets that surprise you. There’s citrus and spice, brown sugar, cinnamon, love. And just a small bit of cayenne because I couldn’t give up the fire altogether. Honestly, you can barely taste the cayenne, but the fact that it’s there makes me feel better.

Simple Granola

Speaking of batches, this is the second reincarnation of this blog, which is why the url and the blog name are different.  There’s a long story behind that, which I won’t go into now. Although I probably should, eventually. You see, at the advice of Abby, I put an SEO plugin on here and it scolded me and told me my posts were too short. I was shocked, because I’ve been told that people just want the recipe, so keep the chit-chat to a minimum, little girl.

I’m glad I can relax now and talk a little longer, even though the SEO felt a little naggy. Word count, what, am I back in school or something? Oh, wait. I am back in school. Speaking of which, I have a few items coming up that will require invested attention. I might be around less in the next two weeks or so, because real life sometimes has to come before virtual life.

One the the best things about real life is your real life persona has tastebuds, and your virtual persona doesn’t. And as long as we’re gonna be living our real, late night, early morning, headache, stack-of-responsibilities lives, we should keep our taste buds content.

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Simple Granola

 

Simple Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 3/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar, divided
  • 2 1/4 tsp dried orange peel
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Blend up 1/2 cup of the oats.
  3. Combine the blended oats, the whole oats, 1/2 cup of the pumpkin seeds, and 1/2 cup of the pecans.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the grapefruit juice, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, the orange peel, the flax meal, cinnamon, vanilla, and cayenne.
  5. Add the olive oil to the grapefruit mix.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the oat mix and stir well.
  7. Spread the oat mix over a parchment-lined baking sheet. Break up the rest of the brown sugar into chunks and sprinkle in spots over the granola.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn off the oven. Do not open the oven. Leave there for 4-4.5 hours, until hardened.
  9. Break into chunks of desired size.
  10. Add the remaining nuts and seeds
  11. Add the chocolate chips and dried fruit.
  12. Enjoy
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