Banana Granola

Well, I'm back!

So I think it would be fair to give you all a quick insight.  I have taken some time off and am just coming off a "year of Krissi".  I feel great, I've lost 15 pounds and I am excited to be back.

So let's get started!

I am a sucker for granola.  Honestly, I'd eat a whole container if you let me.  BUT...... recent lifestyle changes has led me to cut the sweetness down and control my portions.  It's hard with this amazing delicious granola I've developed, but trust me, it can be done.

You can add this to protein shakes, eat it with milk, top greek yogurt or ice cream or just eat it by the handful.  It also makes A LOT and can be stored in an air tight container for a week.  So it's great for meal prepping.

Banana Granola

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Bake TIme:  45 minutes
Makes about 8 cups granola


Ingredients:

1 stick butter
2/3 cups light brown sugar
2 TBSP vanilla extract
2 TBSP water
5 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1/2 cup coconut
2 TBSP cinnamon
2 TBSP peanut butter powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 ripe bananas, sliced

Method:

Preheat oven to 285 degrees.  Move racks to the 2 upper levels.

In a small skillet over medium low heat, melt the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and water.  Heat until bubbly and melted.  Set aside.

In a large bowl mix together oats, walnuts, coconut, cinnamon, peanut butter powder until well combined.

Slice bananas and set aside.

Pour warm butter/sugar mixture over oat mixture and mix with a spatula until completely coated.

Gently fold in bananas.

Divide the mixture between two baking sheets.  Place into the oven.
About halfway through baking, switch the positions of the baking sheets and rotate.  So, move the bottom to the top and rotate so that the rear is now the front, etc.

Remove from oven and let cook for at least 30 minutes.

Break up with a spatula or fingers and store in an air tight container for up to a week.

It probably will not last that long, however.

Enjoy!!

Krissi Biasiello is a native of South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Cooking since she was a little girl with her large Italian family, she decided to leave her paralegal job and shoot for the stars on FOX’s cooking competition show, MasterChef.  She beat out 43,000 homecooks across America and came in 4th place.  Under the scrutiny of Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich, Krissi has made her mark in the culinary world.  She now shares her recipes with all of you!  Her rustic, homestyle take on everything will win you over and will definitely “get your asses in the kitchen”. 
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