Banana Nut Granola + Exciting Announcement!!

Crispy, crunchy banana flavored granola with 3 different kinds of nuts – pecans, almonds and walnuts! Plus dried banana chips! Inspired by banana nut cereals, with a lot less guilt ant not to mention a much shorter list of ingredients ;)

Banana Nut Granola

I kinda have something i’m THRILLED to share with all of you!

Beyond thrilled actually!

Here it is…

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I’m officially moving to NYC this fall to go to Culinary School!!!!!

WOOHOO :D

I just love the sound of that.

Ahhh, i’ve had this brewing since the beginning of 2014…so it’s nice to get it off my chest and tell people!

It’s clearly a long process.

Banana Nut Granola

Before I applied though, I wanted to make a trip to NYC to visit the schools I was interested in. If i’m moving across the country and making the investment financially, I had to be damn certain I was making the right decision.

I visited with my mom and Kristin in April and as you can imagine, it was perfect. I got that feeling that’s where i’m supposed to be! YAY!

Banana Nut Granola

Most of you probably don’t know – I have a Bachelors degree in Management and minor in International Studies.

I honestly never thought I would go to Culinary School because I never wanted to be just a Chef at a restaurant.

I wanted more. And I still want more.

I CRAVE to learn more about food and the industry.

I’m really excited to see where Culinary School takes me and also how it changes me.

Obviously it will be for the better ;)

Don’t worry about my blog – i’m DEFINITELY not going anywhere! Can’t wait to blog from NYC.

Should be interesting trying to cook and take pictures in a teeny-tiny kitchen.

Onto this granola…

Banana Nut Granola

Have you had banana nut cereal?!? Cause it’s BOMB.

My grandma Ruth and sister Kristin are obsessed with it and I sneak a little handful every time I visit.

Shhh don’t tell :P

The crunchy cereal with granola and banana chunks in it ohhh my. It’s just heavenly.

I love cereal, i’ll admit. But never ever buy it anymore.

I used to kinda go overboard on serving sizes with captain crunch and reeses puffs.

Anyways, I was in the mood for making granola and Kristin had just bought a box of the banana nut cereal when I was with her…so VOILA, that’s how it came to me!

Banana Nut Granola

Here’s the recipe, ENJOY :)

Banana Nut Granola
 
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Crispy, crunchy banana flavored granola with 3 different kinds of nuts - pecans, almonds and walnuts! Plus dried banana chips! Inspired by banana nut cereals, with a lot less guilt ant not to mention a much shorter list of ingredients ;)
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Ingredients
  • 2 and ½ C. Organic Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
  • ¾ C. Chopped Nuts - Pecans, Almonds and Walnuts (use any kind you wish!)
  • ¼ C. Dried Banana Chips
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Ripe Mashed Banana
  • ½ C. Pure Maple Syrup
  • ¼ C. Coconut Oil (Melted)
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. First preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together oats, nuts, banana chips, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a separate small bowl, mix mashed banana, syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.
  5. Next add liquid to oat mixture. Mix with wooden spoon until well combined.
  6. Dump on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. Take out every 15 minutes to stir/flip (important so doesn't burn!!)
  7. After cooking for 45 min, should be crunchy granola. Leave it in for longer if it needs more time.
  8. Let cool before serving.
Notes
Make sure to fully cool granola before storing it an air tight container!! Very important or it won't be crunchy!

**Adapted recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction – Vanilla Almond Granola Recipe**

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imageimageimage This is for all of you who adore the banana cereal, love bananas, or just LOVE homemade granola.

You’ve just gotta try this Banana Nut Granola!

Thanks for visiting LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE! Tomorrow i’m running a half marathon, send positive vibes my way ;)

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Congratulations!!!! That is so exciting!!! NYC will be so fun but I am sure Culinary school will be the highlight. I cannot wait to follow along on all your adventures. So happy for you :) And for this crunchy granola too (lol!)

    • kellyjanke2

      Thanks so much, Zainab! What a sweet comment, appreciate you my blogger friend :) Happy you like the looks of this granola too, it’s pretty fabulous! Cheers!

  • http://philosophyandcake.blogspot.com BabyJune

    Congrats in the news! Sounds like it will be an awesome experience! :)

    • kellyjanke2

      Thanks so much!! I’m excited beyond words! Enjoy the weekend :)

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    Oh my gosh, Kelly! I am beyond thrilled for you!!! I think it’s so great you’re chasing your dreams and I seriously cannot wait to see and hear about everything you’ll be doing and experiencing. And let’s be honest, it’s hard to beat NYC :). This is one killer post, girlfriend. Life changing news and a fabulous granola recipe – love itl. Hope you’re having the most amazing weekend ahead!

    • kellyjanke2

      You’re the best Kathi!! Thanks so much for this comment :) YES, totally hard to beat NYC, I just have to live there, and the time is now. For school, perfect excuse, eh? Thought i’d mix in a recipe with the post, this granola takes the cake too! Hope you have a wonderful Monday my friend!!

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    I am so excited for you Kelly! What great and exciting news! You absolutely must blog everything you are learning and your entire experience, so I can learn vicariously thru you.

    When are you leaving? Do classes start in September.

    I am just so excited for you!

    And of course this banana nut granola sounds delicious! Have a great weekend friend!

    • kellyjanke2

      Thanks so much Natalie!! I totally will blog about everything when i’m there! Super excited to come up with ideas! :D My classes begin in early October! It’s so strange to think about…exciting and nerve racking for sure! I can feel the love in this comment, really appreciate it! I hope you enjoyed your weekend dear! Happy Monday!

  • http://pickfreshfoods.com Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Awesome, Congratulations! Culinary School sounds amazing. I can’t wait to hear your experiences.
    This banana nut granola sound absolutely tasty! I need to try this :D Pinning

    • kellyjanke2

      Thanks so much Cindy!! This granola is banana granola perfection ;) Hope you try it! Happy Monday!

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    Congrats! That is great news and I’m so excited for you. We are huge fans of granola and banana nut sounds like the perfect combo.

    • kellyjanke2

      Bri, thanks so much dear! This granola combo is awesome! I couldn’t find many recipes for it, so I figured i’d make one myself ;) Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  • Shared Appetite

    How exciting Kelly! We’re going to be neighbors! I’m super pumped for you and can’t wait to hear all about your journey going through culinary school! And now you can start eating your way through that logn list of places I sent you hahaha.

    • kellyjanke2

      Haha I’m SO looking forward to tackling that list you had sent me!! I was in foodie heaven when I visited in April! Thanks so much for the support! I’m beyond thrilled! Happy Monday, Chris :)

  • Jo @ the contented baker

    Congratulations Kelly!! How very exciting! I lived in NYC for a while a long time ago had an absolute ball. To study at Culinary College there, well, ultimate foodie heaven. I love this banana granola too. It looks so deliciously crunchy – just how I like it :-)

  • Sam @ sugarspunrun.com

    Congratulations Kelly! Wow that is exciting! Good luck to you, I’m sure you will do well!
    I’m also excited to try your Banana nut granola, thanks for sharing it :)

    • kellyjanke2

      You’re a doll Sam, thanks :) I’m thrilled! Yes, this granola is worth a try for sure! Hope you have a wonderful Friday tomorrow!!

  • http://lifemadesweeter.com/ Kelly @ Life made Sweeter

    Yay, congrats Kelly, so excited for you :) That’s awesome news and way to go on pursuing your dreams, you will rock it girl! Love this banana nut granola, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to stop snacking on this too :)

    • kellyjanke2

      Thanks so much, Kelly!! I’m a dream chaser for sure! Banana nut granola is just perfect if you love bananas! You’re right with not being able to stop snacking on it….I definitely had trouble stepping away from it ;) Have a fantastic Monday!!

  • Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron

    I am SOOOOO excited for you!! Congrats Kelly!!! Culinary school will be so fun, I am way jealous :) This granola looks awesome!

    • kellyjanke2

      Thank you so much, Chelsea! I’m beyond thrilled! A little nervous too, not gonna lie :) Excited to see how much I learn in culinary school. Have a wonderful day!