Banana Cinnamon Granola


Dry ingredients

3-1/2 cups Quaker quick-cooking oatmeal
2/3 cup Trader Joe’s toasted oat bran
One cup bran flakes
1 cup Granvita or other high grain cereal.
1 cup raisins or your choice dried chopped fruit-add in last after you cook the granola, otherwise the fruit will be dried out!
Wet ingredients

2 bananas
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon or more ground cinnamon
2/3 cup brown sugar

Mix all ingredients together the magic bullet or in a small food processor your hand mixer or however you want to do it but they really mix the banana and with the other ingredients.


Pour the banana mixture over all of your oats, toasted oat bran and other dry ingredients and mix thoroughly with a spatula.

Pour into two pie pans and then rotate each pan in the microwave at three minute intervals.

Total time you’ll cook each pie pan is about 10 minutes stirring, in between every three minutes.

You want the granola to be dry and crunchy and not moist it all.
So just keep cooking, stirring occasionally until it’s like the granola you buy in the store, only better!

The granola is going to cook a little bit in the hot pans, so just let them set there on trivets or pot holders for about an hour.

What you’ll need is about 6 cups of dry ingredients and those can include:

Dry ingredient Choices are-Rolled oats, quick cooking oats, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, coconut, Ancient Grains, chia seed, amaranth, quinoa.

You can make they’re really great granola cereal out of the odds and ends cereal that you have in your cupboards too.

I’m sure in time you’ll come up with your own ideas too.



Coming soon will be a lower fat version of this one where I use some fruit juice concentrate for some of the oil in the recipe and I’m going to see how that works out so stay tuned!

Recipe adapted by Paulette Motzko from “Get-up-and-go-Granola from the book “Microwave Cooking for Kids” from Better Homes and Gardens.