Yogurt and granola is probably what I eat for breakfast about 60% of the time. That makes it the majority, I guess. It's not just any old yogurt and granola either. Oh, no. It's gotta be Greek yogurt, preferably with fresh fruit or jam and a little honey. I like all sorts of granola, and I LOVE making it at home because you can easily make a big batch to last you a couple weeks.
This granola is inspired by one of my favorite quick breads: banana bread. It has small pieces of crunchy dried bananas and plenty of spices to give it flavor. If you've never made homemade granola before, I highly recommend you give it a try. It really could not be easier, and having a big container of homemade granola sitting on your kitchen counter is total street cred in the cooking world, if you ask me. :)
4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped nuts (I used 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup pecans)
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a big pinch of nutmeg and ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped banana chips
You'll note there's not a bunch of sugar in the ingredient list. I think it's easier to add honey or maple syrup to your morning breakfast rather than add it to the granola itself. Or if you prefer to buy yogurts that are already sweetened, then this granola won't overwhelm you with sugar.
Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with a baking mat (Silpat) or parchment paper. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350°F. Every 10 minutes or so, remove the sheet from the oven and give the granola a stir. This will ensure that no pieces get too burnt while other pieces don't cook at all.
After the granola is done baking, remove from the oven and toss in the chopped banana chips.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.