1 1/4 cup dates
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup hot water
I tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
8 cups quick cooking oats ( I used old fashioned)
8 oz of dried fruit (optional)
8 oz of slivered almonds (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F
2. Puree the bananas and dates in a food processor. Add the brown sugar, hot water, vanilla and cinnamon; mix well.
I used chopped and whole dates because it is what I had on hand.
This is what it should look like before step 3.
(I only cooked mine for an hour and I thought it looked done.)
Don't forget to stir it or it will burn. I couldn't eat the first attempt, but my husband did...
I store it in this awesome Tupperware container that Mike's mom gave to me.
I spent most of the process on my computer right beside the oven so that I would remember to stir it about every 20 minutes or so. I was listening to music, drinking a beer, planning dinner and the kids occasionally came around to entertain me.
And the Ninja with a bag on his head and a cape?
It was a fun day!! I love days off!!
* Thanks to Susan Johnson on Allrecipies.com for the recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/granola/detail.aspx