Strawberry and Banana Four Grain Granola

Breakfast

Four Grain Granola

You know the bulk bin area at the grocery store? You know, the area where they have all the crazy nuts, different flours, dried fruits and oats. THAT place is my absolute favorite section.

I feel like my brain goes into overdrive and all I wanna do is try all sorts of stuff I’d never normally think to cook with. It’s inspiration central. It’s also the place where people loooove sticking their entire hands into the bins so they can try a little bit of this or that. WHY?! Not ok. As a society we should be a little better than this. I mean, at least use the scooper!

Right now I’m having a moment with freeze dried strawberries. I blame the astronaut ice cream I loved eating whenever we took family trips to the space museum. If you’re new to the world of freeze dried fruit, it has the same exact texture as the astro ice cream but a totally different flavor. Think strawberries in overdrive. Yes, it’s magical.

Four Grain Granola

I love mixing up the grains in granola.

This combo includes (from left to right): barley flakes, wheat flakes, rye flakes and oat flakes.

Rather than buying big bags of each, I headed to the bulk bin section and ended up spending a few dollars for all of them. It’s a place where you can get just what you need.

The four grains add such nice flavor to this granola. Also, sticking to this particular combo isn’t necessary. Use what you’re curious about or use what you like.

Four Grain Granola

A lot of granola recipes call for melted butter, but honestly I kind of like just using straight up olive oil. I’ve found that I don’t need the extra added butter. And sometimes it’s kind of nice to just take a butter break. We all need a butter break from time to time.

After the granola is baked with maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, a few spices and some salt, it gets tossed with dried banana chips and the freeze dried strawberries.

Four Grain Granola

The strawberry flavor is intense! And the banana chips are sweet and actually taste so much like banana they almost don’t taste real. The different variety of flakes gives this granola such a great nuttiness that I think the almonds could be totally optional.

I ate this granola on top of some tangy Greek yogurt with a heavy drizzle of honey. This granola reminded me why breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

Four Grain Granola

Strawberry and Banana Four Grain Granola

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Serving Size: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oat flakes
  • 1/2 cup barley flakes
  • 1/2 cup rye flakes
  • 1/2 cup wheat flakes
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, optional
  • 1/2 cup dried banana chips
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries, diced

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the oat flakes, barley flakes, rye flakes, wheat flakes and brown sugar. Set aside.
  • To a small saucepan, mix together the olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla, nutmeg and salt. Cook over medium heat for about a minute, until the salt is dissolved and the oil looks glossy. In two batches, add the olive oil mixture to the flake mixture, tossing the granola each time to ensure it's evenly distributed.
  • Spread the granola onto the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing it once at the 10-minute mark. Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Toss it with the almond slivers, banana chips and freeze dried strawberries. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Serve atop a bowl of yogurt and a drizzle of honey--it's the move!
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  • Reply Abby March 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    LOVE the four grain idea – just posted some Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Granola today, but never thought to use other grains with the oats. I get absolutely giddy in the bulk isles and my husband thinks i’m a little nuts.

  • Reply Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie March 28, 2013 at 10:53 am

    How awesome is this granola? I think I have some dried banana just waiting to be made into this. Now to get dried strawberries!

  • Reply Joelle (on a pink typewriter) March 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This recipe looks terrific!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 28, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Yum! I love the look of those dried strawberries!

  • Reply Jayne March 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I love this mixture so so much! Bananas and Strawberries are my absolute favourite. I don’t think we have such a variety at out supermarkets here. Those bins usually carry pickles and stale nuts. But for me, the best part would be the bulk bin section for assorted spices. I buy mine there. But I digress. Maybe later in the year when I get myself to Australia, I’ll try to look out for their bulk section.

  • Reply Megan Gordon March 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Looking gooooood! So love experimenting with different grain flakes – you and I would be a dangerous duo in the bulk aisle.

  • Reply Margarita March 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    i love making granola. i make a huge batch at least twice a month and love using either coconut oil or olive oil… i agree with you on the butter break… it is a necessary move every now and then!
    i love this recipe you are sharing… everytime i make granola, i usually go for the same dried fruit add-ons which can be one or a combination of raisin/cranberry/apricot. freeze dried strawberries and banana chips in granola are completely new to me. i love both of these things and i see a need for me to mix these in my granola batches SOON!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition March 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    What a cool idea to mix up the kind of grains you use in the granola! It makes for a cool picture too 🙂

  • Reply Afton March 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    omg astronaut ice cream! always made my parents buy me some when we went to the space museum. i thought astronaut food was THE coolest thing ever.

  • Reply Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Nothin’ like homemade granola with greek yogurt. One of my favorite breakfasts!

  • Reply Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

    This absolutely could be the best granola I’ve ever seen. LOVE it!!!

  • Reply Megan @ Hint of Vanilla March 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

    The grocery stores in my area don’t have bulk bins 🙁 The only place that sells bulk stuff is Costco, which is about an hours drive away from me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen rye flakes before!

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