There's no shortage of banana recipes on this site - be it
pudding, slice, pastries, ice-cream, fritters, cake, boozy rum bananas and all sorts of banana bread - I even found a good use for banana chips in these hazelnut and banana chip cookies.
Today I'm using banana in one of the most intriguing ways I've found - in granola. I know that a lot of people have an issue with granola due to the amount of fat it contains - be it oil or butter. This recipe eliminates those fat and replaces it with banana. I spotted this recipe while flicking through a magazine at the hair dresser and while a bit skeptical, it does come from a good source, highly successful Irish chef Chris Bell.
As I can't help it, I have played around the recipe and it does work - it's easily adaptable to include your favourite combination of nuts and dried fruit - in this version I've used raw almonds, slivered pistachio and shredded coconut and gave the granola a little citrus kick with the addition of orange zest and juice.
200 grams rolled spelt (or rolled oats)
50 grams shredded coconut
30 grams slivered pistachio
60 grams raw almonds
1 banana, roughly chopped
1 small orange, juiced & zested
2 tablespoons golden syrup, approx
Juice the orange and measure - you need about ¾ cup of liquid, if short just top up with water.
Place the banana, zest, juice and water into a blender and process until smooth.
Put the rolled spelt, coconut, pistachios and almonds into a bowl - make a well in the center and pour in the processed banana. Stir and then drizzle in 2 tablespoons of golden syrup - taste and add more golden syrup if desired.
Cover a baking tray with baking paper and spoon out the mixture, spreading it evenly and thinly over the paper.
Place in a 170°C pre-heated oven and bake - check on its progress after 10 minutes, you notice that it's beginning to brown - give the whole thing a stir and return it to the oven. Repeat the process until it's all evenly browned and crunchy. Let it cool on the tray and store in a air-tight container when cold.
I must say that I'm a convert - the banana flavour comes through quite wonderfully and the granola itself is a crunchy as it should be. Easily adaptable you'll never be bored with this breakfast offering.