Brock loved his ‘Maui granola’ so much this year that when I saw this posting from Minimalist Baker, it was a quick decision to whip it up. My only addition was baked banana chips! – enjoy!
3 c. large flake oats
2 c. assorted nuts (walnuts and pecans are recommended, I used cashews, slivered almonds and pecans)
3 T. raw sugar AND 1/2 t. sea salt
1 1/2 t. cinnamon AND 1 T. flaxseed (whole)
1/4 c. coconut oil AND 1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. maple syrup (or honey)
1 medium ripe banana, mashed – this should yield about a 1/2 cup
1 bag (77 g) baked banana chips
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a large baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, sugar, salt, cinnamon and flaxseed and in a small pot, over medium heat, whisk together the coconut oil, vanilla and syrup. Once the liquid mix has melted and come together, remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the mashed banana until well combined. Pour the wet mix over the dry mix and mix well.
Spread the granola evenly over your prepared baking sheet and bake for about a half hour, removing it from the oven to stir it at intervals. I did 20 minutes, 10 minutes, then 5 minutes and I had a lovely golden brown. When the granola is finished baking, stir in the banana chips and leave it all on the pan until it cools completely before storing.