Granola is a happening thing. Not just for tree huggers and hippies anymore. Not just for women who wear bucket hats with a ying yang patch on the front, using walking sticks and wearing hiking boots with their socks pulled up to the mid-calf.* Not just for those hooligans who don’t shave their legs or wear deodorant. Those people are on to bigger and better things. Like hemp seeds and acai berries.
Me, I always liked granola. Especially from Rube. Rube is an older gentleman who works at the St. Lawrence market in Toronto. He has a little stand that sells rice and dried beans and quinoa, (he sold Quinoa before quinoa was cool, back when we were all pronouncing it Quinn-oh-ah), and also Granola. He sells lots of Granola. Out of huge tubs with metal scoops and into small brown bags wrapped up with a red elastic.
Ahhh Rube. He sold me granola every Saturday morning for most of my childhood. He let me weigh my own bag on his little scale… and then I would bust open the brown paper and eat all the raisins and apple pieces, those rolled oats were for suckers. I still do that, eat all the fruit that is. Just ask my dad the day after he buys a box of granola or muesli. Or ask my boyfriend. If you buy a breakfast cereal with fruit bits, you better believe that when you go to have a bowl in a couple days, there won’t be any fruit bits left. That’s just how I roll.
This granola is very unlike Rube’s Granola. But I would never even dream of trying to replicate his, cause I would never succeed. It’s the best granola ever.
This one is good too, it’s banana bread granola. It tastes like a big loaf of banana bread, but crunchy and in a bowl with some fruit and milk. yum.
Banana Bread Granola
adapted from here
3-4 c. old-fashioned oats
1 c. puffed millet (or puffed rice whatevs)
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup banana chips
Granola is pretty basic. Smoosh the bananas up – Mix the wet, mix the dry (excluding the banana chips), mix together and spread on a baking sheet (or two). Bake for 25-30 minutes at 325*C. Stir in Banana chips
Eat warm. It will harden as it cools and become very crunchy!
It’s not Rubes, but it’ll do for now.
*that woman is not fictional. She is all too real- A woman from my neighbourhood who I met on many walks on the Scarborough bluffs. She once stopped me to ask if my puppy was a ‘bitch or a dog’. I was 11 years old. I knew only of bitch being a bad word, not meaning female dog, so needless to say I was taken aback. When I told my mom, my mom replied with… “Oh she’s a Granola cruncher” and so now when I think of Granola crunchers I think only of that woman and her stupid ying-yang bucket hat.
And FOR the RECORD. you do not need hiking boots to walk around the Scarborough bluffs. Ok? It’s just unnecessary. Not exactly mountainous terrain…
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Baking time or oven temp not right because mine burnt. It’s not a problem with my oven. Trying AGAIN!
Oh no! Granola burns very easily! I hate that. I would watch it closely, these are just general temps and times that I use for most of my granola, but it does look high! I will amend it, may have beena typo. Thanks!:) Maybe try 325*F and just keep your eye on it. Sometimes mine cooks super fast and sometimes it takes awhile. Depends on the ingredients and the kind of oven you have! Mine is electric but gas seems to be a bit more consistent. Also I convert it to Fahrenheit from Celsius (since I’m in Aus) soooo my apologies if its off.
🙂 hope it works!