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Honey Banana Coconut Granola

Honey Banana Coconut Granola
Since I’m still on my healthy 2015 kick I’ve been experimenting with granola. I love my old standby – Maple Cinnamon Granola – but this one is even more acceptable as a dessert/sweet snack. I made this with pecans but you could totally substitute almonds or any other nuts you like. Also, I’ve been known to chop up some Ghirardhelli 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate and throw it into the mix – because when chocolate can be considered a superfood, why not?

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Honey Banana Coconut Granola

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/6 cup honey
  • 1/6 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Quaker Oats (do NOT use quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup banana chips

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oil, honey, sugars, and vanilla extract – whisk well
  2. Pour in the oats, pecans and coconut and mix until everything is well coated with the sugar mixture
  3. Spread the oat mixture out into a thick layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet – press it down with the back of a spatula until is compacted
  4. Bake at 325°F for approximately 25-30 minutes (rotate the pan 180° halfway through)
  5. Remove from the oven and cool for about 45 minutes, then break it apart into chunks of desired size, toss in the the banana chips and mix well