Twice-Baked Vanilla-Orange Granola with Bananas and Raisins

Granola is great.

Especially this one, which is packed with bananas, almonds and raisins and infused with vanilla, orange and cinnamon. I wasn’t planning on baking twice, but am really glad I did. The clusters came out super crunchy and also have a really nice roasted flavor.

This batch is for Liam. Hope he likes it!

Enjoy!

Twice-Baked Vanilla-Orange Granola with Bananas and Raisins (adapted from a recipe found on Answer Fitness)

INGREDIENTS

3 cups rolled oats

1/3 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup chopped nuts, such as walnuts, pecans or almond flakes (I used almonds.)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 tsp orange peel

1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

2 ripe bananas, sliced into rounds

3/4 cup raisins

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine orange juice, oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and orange peel in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, flaxseed meal, and chopped nuts. Stir.
  4. Mix in the sliced banana rounds and raisins.
  5. Pour the orange juice mixture over the oat mixture and mix gently until the oats are thoroughly coated.
  6. Spread the oats in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Then, use your fingers to form large clusters with about half (or more) of the mixture.  Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring the granola once during the baking cycle (at around the 15 minute mark).
  7. Remove from oven and let sit out overnight.
  8. The next day, preheat the oven again to 325 F. Again spread the granola evenly on a baking sheet and place it in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring once during the baking cycle (at around the 10 minute mark).
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool overnight. The granola will have shrunk a bit and will be a rich, golden brown.
  10. For best results (and a nice crunchy granola) store the cooled granola in an airtight container or freezer bag in the icebox.

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