In my hurry to get to work in the morning (I tend to over-use the snooze button), I often forgo breakfast or make due with a piece of toast as I run out the door. So on the weekends I like to try for a more substantial and creative meal. Lately I’ve been making granola, and have always been a little annoyed by the large quantities of maple syrup used. While pure maple syrup is amazing, I don’t like paying the cost that goes with it. Because of that I decided to develop a delicious, simple, inexpensive granola that I could make without the guilt of spending on syrup. This recipe is so simple, there are only four ingredients. It is so cheap, the most expensive part where the oats that I spent around 40 cents on. And its so delicious that it has already been nibbled down to half its original quantity- and its only been done for about half an hour.
I managed to dramatically reduce the costs by using brown sugar instead of maple syrup. It is important to note that not all brown sugar is vegan. Brown sugar is made up of cane sugar combine with molasses, and cane sugar is often bleached using animal bones. However, many sugars do not use this process. How do you tell? In the United States the only way is to either call the company or look it up on the internet. Zulka is a common brand, but there are others too- you just have to do a little research.
Along with the brown sugar you will need oats, one banana (ripe, and a little brown and mushy) and half a cup of neutral flavored oil. I also used a plastic spatula to do all my mixing- its a favorite tool of mine as it can combine ingredients as well as a whisk, scrape the sides of a bowl clean and spread your granola onto the pan evenly for baking.
Make sure you take the granola out of the oven a couple times and stir a few times as it bakes. It will brown on the bottom first, so stirring it prevents burning and allows for even, beautiful, golden granola.
Please leave me your feedback, and I hope you enjoy!
Simple Banana Granola
- One banana, very ripe
- 3 cups of old fashioned oats
- ½ a cup of canola or other mild oil
- ½ a cup of vegan brown sugar (+ 1 TBSP, optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mash the banana until it is smooth
3. Heat a small saucepan on the stove at a relatively low heat. Add the sugar and oil and stir until the two are combined and the sugar has melted. Add the banana, stir until combined and take off the heat.
4. Measure the oats into a large mixing bowl and scrape the sugar, oil, banana mixture over the oats. Stir until all the oats are covered. Add an extra table spoon of brown sugar and stir briefly for variation in your granola.
5. Spread the granola evenly on a baking sheet (no need to grease it). Bake for a total of 25 minutes, taking it out once or twice to stir. If you see excessive browning remove earlier so it does not burn.
6. Remove from the oven and let cool. Once the granola is cooled it should hardened and be less soft. Eat right away or store in an airtight container.