Banana Granola

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On page 113 in our book we have written a story about the old wooden dinner table in our living room. We rarely eat on it. Instead we have covered it with heave stone tiles and use it to shoot food on. I have always felt a bit sorry for our table (it is worthy of a better life), but now I feel even worse. A while back, one of its legs broke as I balanced on it trying to take a shot from above. At first I talked myself into believing that it wasn’t that badly injured, “If I don’t put so much weight on this side it can still stand on its own”. That wasn’t entirely true. So after a while I did what any responsible person would do. I took some wire and gave it my best 3-minute patch-up work. It of course only held together for a few minutes.

I wish I could tell you that the table is the only thing in our apartment that is in need of fixing. It is not. Doors squeak. Knobs are loose. Cloth hangers are falling off the wall. There are deep scratches in our floors and burn marks on our kitchen counter. Our whole apartment is in a constant state of half broken. And for every day that goes by it becomes less and less fixed.

That is perhaps why we only take close ups of food. It is chaos outside the frame.

Don’t get me wrong, our apartment has charming high ceilings, old wooden floors and beautiful windows. But when looked at closely, one can easily see that it is crying for rescue.

I often blame it on time, why I haven’t fixed all the things that needs fixing. But to be honest, I love it like this. Being surrounded by things that are slightly broken. Having a home that is not perfect. I tell myself that it makes us focus on other, more important things. We cook. We play. We laugh.

I’ll fix that table some other day.

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I have almost reached the end of this post and I haven’t even started talking about this granola yet. Well, what can I say. It’s a pretty straight-up awesome granola recipe. With a kind of chunky, cookie-like consistency. And a mild banana flavor. As you can see from the photo above, we filled three large jars with granola. They didn’t last a month.

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Banana Granola

3 cups / 250 g / 700 ml rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
1/2 cup / 80 g / 120 ml raw almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup / 80 g / 120 ml raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or ground vanilla
1 pinch sea salt
3 tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
3 tbsp maple syrup, runny honey or date molasses
2 very ripe bananas, peeled and broken into smaller pieces

Preheat the oven 400°F / 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, vanilla and salt. In a separate bowl add coconut oil, maple and bananas. Use your hands to mix the ingredients completely smooth. Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture and combine well, using your hands, for about a minute, so all is well-coated and clumpy. Turn out and spread the granola in an even layer on the baking tray. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, check at around 10 minutes and turn the granola over with a wooden spoon. Allow to cool completely before putting in a container. Serve with organic yogurt, preferable goat or sheep or almond milk and fresh fruit.

If you prefer it raw and have a dehydrator, this recipe will work too.

This recipe was originally created for the Swedish Ikea blog Livet Hemma. All bowls, plates and jars in the photos can be found on Ikea.

79 Comments

  • I have been wanting to attempt a banana granola for so long! So many banana granola recipes use those dehydrated banana chips. I can't wait to try this!
  • Cyndi
    Very charming post, I enjoyed the story of the table and your other items that have their own imperfect personalities-in a sense- the recipe sounds delicious. I must try it.
  • You can't build a table with that much character! I'd rather have a home that is cozy and filled with memories versus than one that is magazine worthy. It gives you the freedom to add your own "stories!" I've been looking for a granola recipe and I will definitely give this one a try!
  • Sini
    Oh this granola seems to pair perfectly with this season's first strawberries and blueberries. There's nothing like homemade granola for breakfast or afternoon snack.
  • Inés
    I read your post last night and couldn't stop thinking about that granola. I just made it and I hope there will be some left to put into a jar ;-) It's just that it smells so absolutely wonderful here after baking and I keep heading back to the kitchen to nibble a piece...and one more piece...and one more... Honestly, it's fantastic and an excellent way to use the overripe bananas that I always freeze and which keep piling up in my freezer waiting for a new fun recipe to come along! =)
  • Aleksandra Peyrer-Na
    What a charming story! I have a similar home and many of the scars were caused by my wild and playful children. Drawings on the wall, bumps from my daughter's wooden stroller.OUr apartment tells a story and I think its much more charming then a polished, perfect apartment. In addition to that a lovely recipe as always!!! Best wishes, Aleksandra
  • This looks like a very yummy breakfast! Thanks so much for sharing! :)
  • I love the idea of using ripe bananas for some of the sweetening and stick-together-ness (just made that word up) of the granola. I use dates the same way in granola, I should try bananas! And bananas and coconut go so well together, it's a nice combination for your recipe. As far as the slightly broken-down environment in the home, that's expected, I think, for a household with children. I'm sure your daughter is much more comfortable than she would be in a fussy 'don't touch that!" perfectly decorated home.
  • You could've fooled me, I guess I never really thought about it but I would imagine your home to be like something from a magazine! Because the food you make certainly is.
  • I think that creativity and "chaos" are comming along quite well... So don't worry to much. :)
  • Diana
    Your message posted along with the Granola was so real and fresh, your closing statement so profound. You care about all the right things in life and your soul as well as your cooking is a delight and shines through. You truly have found the essence to 'living'. Thank you for this beautiful reminder me about what really matters in life!
  • Absolutely beautiful!! Sounds like the perfect Sunday breakfast <3
  • I'm with my friend Christelle on this one. I've been having this feeling that I am totally failing at the little things in life - sewing buttons back on, washing out the cat bowls, refilling the dry goods in the pantry and so on. But we get by, and at the end of the day, when I've taken time to play tag barefoot with my kids and make a pie from scratch, I feel like the really important stuff has been addressed. Thanks for your lovely post. And big congratulations on your book. I requested it in my local Montreal bookstore - and talked it up to them. I hope they carry it and you'll come for a signing one day. =)
  • Scott
    Doesn't the banana cause the crunchy granola to soften over time? I've also experienced that when using honey.
  • Banana Granola looks and sounds so good! In regards to the broken, isn't there a saying about perfection being boring? :)
  • I am so much in love with your introduction text!! I mean: I totally feel the same! And while, on our foodblogs, we try to feature "beautiful images" (utterly gorgeous, in your case) sometimes when I look around (outside the set) it's just MESS EVERYWHERE (and semi-broken stuff!!) Feel good to read that I am not the only one! And, as I don't comment often (but read each one of your post with the same interest!) I have to say congrats for your beautiful blog full of inspiration, your great app and your book that I still have to buy but I am sure I'll enjoy! Have a nice week-end! Virtual hugs from Montreal!
  • I love when furniture and spaces have a story that is usually created by wear and tear, it means it has character! I love seeing the beauty in the 'imperfection' myself :) ~Michelle www.lifeaftergrains.com
  • The pictures look so tempting. I just finished my last batch of granola, so Ill give it a try. I thought maybe adding some banana chips could work. thank you so much for such inspiring recipes and story's and pictures and EVERYTHING! You have THE best blog!!!
  • emily
    I loved your story about the table! So cute.

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