At least I can honestly say that I don’t actually eat a whole bowl full (anymore) like the picture here suggests. I mean, who really fills their bowl to the rim like that anyway? Wait….don’t answer that.
Admittedly, I have been known to eat a little bowl of it now and then with some coconut milk or even just by the handful. But these (more moderate) days, I prefer to just add a little granola to my coconut yogurt parfaits, waffles, muffins or morning butternut squash. Ultimately, grain-free granola is pretty much all NUTS, so I’ve learned to keep it to a handful a day; and my digestion, my body and my wallet all thank me!
So here it is: my family’s (current) favorite flavor combination. Lucky for us, we found unsweetened dehydrated banana chips at our favorite health food store. Of course you could always dehydrate or bake/fry your own. Once, we even splurged and got the sweetened ones…now that was a nice treat.
Grain-Free Banana Walnut Granola
1 1/2 cup of raw walnuts (the 1/2 cup is set aside)
1 1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 medium/large sized bananas
10 fresh dates, soaked or 1/4 cup honey/vegan sweetener
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup banana chips (we used unsweetened, either would work)
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
Note: Using “crispy nuts” (soaked and then dehydrated) will greatly help with the digestibility and nutrient absorption of the nuts.
1. Soak the fresh dates in room temp water for 2-3 hours, remove the pits. If you use dried dates the soaking time will be longer.
2. Preheat oven to 200-250 degrees
3. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of the Walnuts (the other 1/2 cup is set aside till the very end), 1 1/2 cups cashews, 1 cup pecans and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds. Toss to mix evenly.
4. Add 2 cups of the nut mixture to a food processor. Process the nuts till they are almost the texture of Grapenuts (yes the cereal…with gluten in it, I know). Transfer to a large bowl.
5. Take the leftover nuts (excluding the 1/2 cup extra walnuts) and coarsely chop them. This can be done by hand or with the food processor. Just don’t chop them too fine. Transfer to the bowl with the other nuts. Add the raisins and the spices. Toss to combine.
6. n a blender, add the bananas, soaked dates or honey, oil, water and vanilla extract. Puree till smooth. (takes a little longer if using the dates instead of honey)
7. Pour the banana mixture over the nut mixture and toss the ingredients till well combined. (I find my hands work best for this as the banana mixture can be kind of thick.
8. Bake in a 200-250 degree oven till crispy. Takes about 1 hour (or longer if your oven goes lower for dehydrating). Stir 3-4 times during the process to prevent burning. Or for RAW granola use your dehydrator. Baking times will vary from oven to oven and choice of oven temperature.
9. When the granola is good and crispy, remove from the oven and let cool. Keep in mind that it will crisp up more as it cools too. Add the banana chips, extra walnuts and chocolate chips to cooled granola, toss to combine and you’re DONE!
Store in an airtight container. We keep ours in the fridge. Makes about 5 cups of granola.
Haha! Grain-free granola is expensive! I'll never forget the time I spent most of a Sunday making a huge batch only to burn the entire thing. I was so disappointed and suffered through the pervasive burn taste for a few days before tossing the whole thing. 🙁
This recipe looks great though! I've been meaning to give it another go…
Jenni Hulet says
YES! I've burnt mine before too. It's so expensive that I'm like, "you are all eating this anyway!"
this looks delicious! i've always been a huge fan of banana bread, but haven't had it in years. this sounds like a super healthy alternative. i love that the only sugar in the granola is from the fruit.
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Just made this 2 days ago and just got around to eating it (with yogurt) today – it is DELICIOUS!!! I have missed granola since eating primally almost 2 years ago. I was hoping this was worth the effort (way less effort than I originally anticipated) and it WAS.
Thank you for an amazing recipe!
Made it minus the raisins and it is very yummy!! Thanks Jenni!
i love your blog and enjoy so many of your recipes since i found you on the Paleo Parents blog. last night i made a pumkin cranberry version adapted from this recipe! you are so inspiring!
Again, I'm wondering if it's possible w/o the dates or honey…I'm guessing the honey helps it stick together…if anyone's tried it with stevia, I'd love to know!
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