3 Ingredient Late-Night Granola

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Yield: 14 cups

This is “Late-Night Granola” for two reasons: one of our nightly routines as we wind down for bedtime is sharing a bowl of this granola, topped with fruit and almond milk. Secondly, I often make this granola at night, or when it can have some “sitting time” after baking to get nice and crunchy.

Ingredients

  • 10 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 4 bananas
  • ½ cup whole flax seeds (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 10 cups old-fashioned oats and flax seeds (optional - the flax seeds give an added crunch and taste, but are not necessary).
  3. Peel and blend four bananas in blender until smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour banana mixture onto oat-flax blend and stir well to combine.
  5. Divide the mixture between two baking sheets, put in oven and set timer for 20 minutes.
  6. For extra-crunchy granola: when the timer goes off, simply turn off the oven and leave the granola inside on the baking trays for a few hours to cool down and get nice and crunchy.
  7. To serve, top a bowl of the granola with your favorite fruit and plant-based milk of your choice (my favorite combo is the “orange julius” - ½ banana, ½ orange, some blueberries thrown in, and some almond milk).
  8. The granola can be stored for a week or longer in an airtight container.

Erica Rivera, MA is a hungry food enthusiast, wife to an amazing man (and chef!) and mother to the cutest toddler in the world. She received her M.A. in mass communications from Brigham Young University where she researched topics such as food and Facebook then wrote her thesis on “Why Kids Like McDonald’s.” Erica enjoys hanging out with her husband, Heber, and son, being with friends and family, adventuring outdoors, exercising, and learning. In addition, she and Heber love experimenting with and eating whole, healthy foods.
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