Monday, July 31, 2017

Easy Banana Granola - SOS Free

I know I'm been MIA for quite some time.
Truth is that I've lost a lot of motivation to blog when there are soooooooo many blogs out there these days & I'm not sure that I offer anything extra special above others!
I started writing a cookbook, which I have dreamed of doing for about 9 years now.... but I fear my food photography skills are rather lacking. I haven't given up yet.... I am just doing it quite sloooooowly! 

Also we've been eating so simple lately that I kinda feel like our food is "boring"!
Not that it's boring to us because we have honestly found that our taste buds change, so that when we eat simple unrefined foods in their whole form, they are just delicious like that.

But recently I've had quite a few people ask me for various recipes, or asked me to get back into it.....
I shall attempt to find some motivation to get blogging again!

Some recipes may be quite simple - but hey - sometimes we just need simple ideas to motivate us to make a meal!

Today I bring you a simple breakfast recipe that I've been making for a few years.So many store bought varieties of cereal these days have so much junk added to them! My version is completely junk free! It's also very versatile. You can add any dried fruit or nuts to it if you wish. It can be a granola or muesli base, or just used as a cereal - which is what I do mostly. Just add motherless milk and fresh fruit for a delicious brekkie that's quick and easy to serve, and isn't too much effort to make either.

You'll need:
2 large overripe bananas
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
3 cups rolled oats

Mash the bananas well. Add the vanilla, cinnamon and flax and stir til evenly distributed.
Stir through the oats until they are reasonably well coated by the wet banana mixture. 

Spread evenly onto a large lined baking tray.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160°C for 30 mins, stirring half way through. 

Allow to cool completely before transferring to a container.
This will keep for about 2 weeks in an air-proof container.  

To my other blogging friends.... have you ever lost your blogging mojo?
To my readers who follow along for the recipes.... What do you reckon- Does this look boring, or do you like the idea of simple recipes that don't include junk?


  1. Thank you for this SOS recipe! 'Simple' is good. It's so much more healthy. Please continue with creating more SOS recipes. I'm not fond of bananas but will probably try this with another fruit like mango, etc.

    1. Thanks Deb! You can't really taste the banana in this recipe. It will probably work with unsweetened applesauce too.

  2. I just found your blog from a link to one of your recipes on a FB group page. Hubby and I are transitioning. We live in a small town in northern Australia where there isn't a lot of choice in ingredients that are overly fancy. I am continually looking for simple recipes that suit our simple taste buds (I'm nearly 60 and Hubby nearly 70) so I'm excited to have a look around your blog and see what I can try. So yes I much prefer blogs with simple recipes, and easy to find ingredients. We don't even have some of the ingredients I see in some vegan recipes in Australia at all!

    1. Hi Sharon,
      Good on you for taking the step to turn your health around despite being in a small town. Eating basic meals is always so much easier than fancy ones, no matter where we live. And of course that doesn't mean your health has to suffer! Amazing how little our body really needs, so long as we're eating whole foods :-)

  3. Glad to see you're back! I love simple recipes, and this granola sounds delicious!

  4. Sandy, I love the easier recipes, as I consider myself a rubbish/lazy cook! But your recipes inspire me to try things that I wouldn't have thought of myself. Please continue to post what you consider to be easy recipes, as they are just as useful as the more involved ones. And by the way, your photos are cookbook standard and I would so buy your book! Viki :)

    1. Aw thanks for your kind words Viki!
      I'm glad I can help to motivate you in the kitchen a little. Yummy eating doesn't have to be difficult xxx

  5. I've made this as the recipe says and it's still mostly soft. Is this right or is it supposed to be crunchy?

    1. Do you allow it to completely cool before storing? And are you stirring the mixture part way through cooking?
      Both will help to make sure it's cooked through and turns crisp :-)

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