AUSTIN, Texas - Snacks and sweets can be easy to grab now that we're all spending a lot more time at home.
Tierra is in her kitchen with a recipe for a healthier option that'll still satisfy that hunger and your sweet tooth.
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1 overripe banana
- 1/4 cup pecans (or nut of choice)
- 1/2 cup dates (or other nuts and/or seeds, if preferred)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp oil (preferably melted coconut oil, but avocado oil can work as well)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (or other seed)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix wet ingredients: mash overripe banana with maple syrup and oil.
- Stir wet ingredients into oats with all spices, nuts and seeds (and any additions you prefer to have in your granola).
- Bake for 22-30 minutes, stirring at the halfway point.
- Once the granola is visibly browned, remove it from the oven.
If granola's not your thing you can also use that overripe banana to make something else. Here's an easy recipe for cookies from Tierra:
- 1 packet quick oats
- 1 large overripe banana mashed to a liquid-like consistency
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or peanuts or other add-ins of your choice (optional)
- Stir packet of oats with the mashed banana then stir in additional toppings.
- Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.