Sweet Coconut & Date Granola w/ Banana Whip

by Trudy ~ Veggie num num on September 1, 2010

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Sweet Coconut & Date Granola w/ Banana Whip

Recipes for granola abound on the web, in cookbooks and family kitchens. Granola is such a simple thing to make and so delicious for breakfast or as a sweet snack or light dessert. The popularity of granola could be due to the fact you can really make it just how you like it, with additions of nuts, seeds and dried fruits, the possibilities are virtually endless.

This homemade granola recipe is quite simple with coconut and chopped dates and golden syrup added for sweetness. Once you make up a batch it will keep for a week or more in an air-tight container, ready for a quick breakfast in the morning.

For a great vegan breakfast I love to serve granola with banana whip, which is simply a frozen banana either whipped up in a blender or allowed to defrost a little and then mashed. It is so sweet and creamy, a perfect accompaniment to the crunchy granola.

Alternatively you can serve the granola with your favourite yoghurt and fresh fruit adding nuts and/or seeds for a truly satisfying and healthy start to your day. This granola is also great on frozen desserts like soy or dairy ice-cream or frozen yoghurt for a quick and delicious dessert.

Sweet Coconut & Date Granola

Preparation time: 50mins
Makes 425g (15 oz) (approx)

  • 250g (9 oz) traditional rolled oats
  • 100g (3½ oz) shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup golden syrup
  • 100g (3½ oz) dates, chopped

Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F

Combine the oats, coconut and a pinch of salt in a large bowl, measure out the oil and pour over the mixture, using the same measuring cup measure out the syrup (this will allow the syrup to cleanly pour out of the measuring cup) pour the syrup over the mixture.

Toss and stir well to combine all ingredients, making sure the oats and coconut are well coated with the oil and syrup.

Line a large baking tray, or two smaller ones, with baking paper. Spread the oat mixture over the tray evenly. Place in the pre-heated oven and cook for 30-45mins.

Check the granola every 5-10 minutes, toss gently with a wooden spoon, moving the oats around so they cook evenly. Remove the granola once it is golden; remember it will become crunchier as it cools.

Once the granola is cooked, toss through chopped dates and allow to cool before transferring to an air-tight container. Enjoy for a healthy breakfast or snack with non-dairy or dairy yoghurt and chopped fresh fruit like plums, kiwifruit, mango, banana or try the recipe below for something truly delcious.

Sweet Coconut & Date Granola w/ Banana Whip

Sweet Coconut & Date Granola w/ Banana Whip

Preparation time: 3 minutes
Serves 1

  • ¾ cup sweet coconut & date granola
  • 1-2 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • shredded coconut to serve

Either blend the frozen banana in a blender or food processor or allow it to defrost slightly before mashing until you have a smooth, creamy consistency.

Mix the banana whip through the granola top with slices of kiwifruit and a sprinkle of coconut. Enjoy for a great vegan breakfast with fresh fruit or toast or simply on its own. So good :)

Sweet Coconut & Date Granola w/ Banana Whip

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

delicieux September 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Oooh this looks so good!! Beautiful photos as always. I normally have wholegrain toast for breakfast in the morning, but have been thinking about alternate options and this would be perfect.

Xiaolu September 2, 2010 at 1:47 am

I’ve been hearing about banana whip (usually dubbed “ice cream though) a lot the last few months. It does sound pretty awesome I admit and so healthy, especially with this flavorful granola. Thanks for the recipe :).

TasteHongKong September 2, 2010 at 3:30 am

My breakfast is always meatless, though not necessarily of the vegan type. I’d love to have this on my breakfast menu, thanks for sharing.

Trudy (veggie num num) September 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

delicieux I love my toast in the mornings too.. this granola is great for when you feel like something a little different or something a little sweet.

Xiaolu banana whip/ice-cream is very awesome a great healthy alternative and so effort-less to make, if I have a banana or two starting to brown I just chuck them in the freezer, they keep forever and are ready for when you need them :)

My pleasure TasteHongKong, enjoy :)

DJ Karma (VegSpinz) September 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I really should make my own granola- this recipe sounds wonderful!

indie.tea September 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm

That sounds and looks so delicious. Having it with kiwi is such an original touch.

Soma September 3, 2010 at 7:07 am

I am glad to have found you too! you have a great space, with awesome varied recipes and gorgeous pictures. Am subscribing to your posts. :-)

Carolyn Jung September 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm

The best part about making your own is that you control the sweetness. Too many store-bought granolas just have way too much sugar in them.

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