Yummy granola! I learned this recipe while working at a Bed and Breakfast in DC. All credit goes to "Little Miss Mary!" This recipe calls for 8 ounces of almonds but we recommend using any nuts you desire -- they are all delicious!

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

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  • Puree the bananas and dates in a food processor. Add the brown sugar, hot water, vanilla and cinnamon; mix well.

  • Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl, add oatmeal and mix well.

  • Spread onto large baking sheets and bake at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 1 to 1 1/2 hours stirring frequently. Cook longer for crunchier if desired. Once cooled add the dried fruits and nuts, as little or as much as you want, and mix.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

267 calories; 7.2 g protein; 43.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 6.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2006
I make a lot of granola and was searching for a new recipe when I stumbled on this one. It sounds so good, yet I knew after reading some of the reviews, it needs some changes. So this is what I did and it came out crunchy: Oven temp should be set at 275. The nuts should be "chopped" using food processor then combine in large mixing bowl with Old Fashioned Oats, they are more nutritious than Quick Cooking oats. Puree bananas along with chopped dates, and 1/4 cup honey together in food processor. Combine brown sugar and water and cook in microwave for about 3 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. To it add vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix this brown sugar syrup into oats & nuts. Then stir in the pureed banana, date & honey mixture. At this point, I added about 1/2 cup coconut, completely optional. Stir until thoroughly mixed then spread granola onto 2 large cookie sheets (I lay waxed paper on the sheets & spray with Pam for no-stick & no mess). Press granola slightly onto the sheet to clump. Place each sheet on it's own rack in the oven & rotate half way through baking time. Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until golden and crunchy, stirring occasionally. When mixture comes out of the oven, I added dried cranberries, cherries, & apple slices. When granola is completely cooled, store in airtight container. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/09/2003
I found this granola VERY dry and with an overwhelming banana flavor. It also never got crunchy. Read More
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90 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 55
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2006
I make a lot of granola and was searching for a new recipe when I stumbled on this one. It sounds so good, yet I knew after reading some of the reviews, it needs some changes. So this is what I did and it came out crunchy: Oven temp should be set at 275. The nuts should be "chopped" using food processor then combine in large mixing bowl with Old Fashioned Oats, they are more nutritious than Quick Cooking oats. Puree bananas along with chopped dates, and 1/4 cup honey together in food processor. Combine brown sugar and water and cook in microwave for about 3 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. To it add vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix this brown sugar syrup into oats & nuts. Then stir in the pureed banana, date & honey mixture. At this point, I added about 1/2 cup coconut, completely optional. Stir until thoroughly mixed then spread granola onto 2 large cookie sheets (I lay waxed paper on the sheets & spray with Pam for no-stick & no mess). Press granola slightly onto the sheet to clump. Place each sheet on it's own rack in the oven & rotate half way through baking time. Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until golden and crunchy, stirring occasionally. When mixture comes out of the oven, I added dried cranberries, cherries, & apple slices. When granola is completely cooled, store in airtight container. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
Absolutely wonderful. Had everyone guessing at the ingredients and eating it as a snack food. I added the sliced almonds and a cup of coconut with the oats and first mixture and toasted/dried them together and it worked well. I also added 1/4 cup of honey because of the extra ingredients and to get a pinch of honey flavor. A in my book and a definate keeper. What a way to use old bananas too!!! Tip don't put too muck on a pan if you want a dryer or toastier taste keep it single layer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2003
I too added coconut almonds and 1/4 cup honey to the recipe before I cooked. I cooked it for close to three hours to get the desired crunch. I added dried apples and cherries. My kids (8 5 3 2)love it for a snack. Not too sweet and very good for them. I will make this again. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2006
I love this recipe. We're never without a batch on hand! I like to substitute honey for the brown sugar but both are good. This recipe is so flexible! I also add allspice and cloves for extra flavour. If you're using the packaged dates which are harder than fresh dates but more available I cook them in a saucepan with about a 1/2 cup of water (or more if needed) for a few minutes until they soften. I add coconut & lots of chopped almonds as a standard. So good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2003
This is a great granola recipe. It could use a touch more brown sugar. My husband and kids ate it for their snack right out of the container. Tip: When laying it in the pan use your hands and squeeze with each handful. That will create nice chunks of granola. Easier for snacking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2004
This granola is one of the best that I have tried. My family loved it! It was gone in one day. Everyone was a little skeptical that the banana's would have too strong a flavor... but you didn't even know they were a key ingredient. I recommend this recipe highly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2009
This is a great granola recipe. I made my first batch a couple weeks ago and have eaten it everyday since then. I was looking for a recipe with no oil and this fit that bill. I did not use the dates because I didn't have any so I ended up using 3 bananas. Other than that i stayed true to the recipe. I think the granola got better with time. It's not super sweet. I really don't taste the banana either. I made more today and have added extra vanilla and cinnamon to fit my tastes. This granola is just pure and wonderful. So glad it's the first recipe I tried. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2004
What a great recipe and so easy too! I've been looking for a recipe that didn't include oil. This one tastes really good. Try adding in fresh fruit like peaches or berries. I added crushed pineapple and cranberries. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
I absolutely love this granola. I don't like overly sweet food and this had just right amount of sweetness. I ended up adding much less nuts. I was also worried about molding so I kept it in the freezer. This granola over plain yogurt was one of the few things I wanted to eat at all before my wedding. I will make it again soon. Thank you Susan! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/09/2003
I found this granola VERY dry and with an overwhelming banana flavor. It also never got crunchy. Read More
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