Banana Granola Bread

Banana Bread…..One of my granny’s favorites! She loved making it but I didn’t always see the value of a great piece of banana bread. Through the years, my views have broadened. It has a few things going for it. 1) It gives a little usefulness to those ripe bananas that you just didn’t get too! 2) It turns bananas into something edible for people like me who just don’t like bananas! Continue reading “Banana Granola Bread”

Bountiful Banana Granola Cookies

Sooooo, you have bananas that very very ripe and you are walking over to the trash can to toss them out…STOP…DON’T DO IT!  There is never a good reason to toss an overripe banana.  You can easily toss them in the freezer (either in the peel or in a freezer bag) for use in banana bread, banana muffins, or better yet….COOKIES!  These are without a doubt the easiest cookies you will EVER make and the the beauty part (aside from the whole using overripe banana thing) is that they only take 2 ingredients.  Yep, TWO ingredients.  Now I can’t take total credit for the two ingredient cookie concept.  I saw it last week (maybe the week before) and I thought it was a great idea but wasn’t overly thrilled w/the idea of using plain ol’ everyday oatmeal.  So I thought to myself, “Self, what can we do to jazz this up a bit?”  Then, as I glanced around the kitchen the rays of joyful light were extruding from the bag of cherry pecan granola that had been tucked away.  THAT’S IT!  Cookies made using only ingredients from Bountiful Baskets….SAAAWWWEEETTT!

2 over ripe banans

2cups of Bountiful Baskets granola (any flavor will work)

**I added a handful of pecans because I’m nutty like that!

*Technically you can toss in a little brown sugar, chocolate chips, cranberries, raisins, etc. whatever your heart desires as long as all of the ingredients remain moist.

Place granola in a mixing bowl and add bananas.  Incorporate ingredients until completely moist and drop by tablespoons onto a non stick silicone lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350* for apprx. 15 min.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool (SERIOUSLY,  hot granola is REALLLLLLLYYYY hot, trust me on this one ok?!)  Now pour yourself a nice cold glass of milk and enjoy.

~Lisa Y


Granola Tips – For You, From You

Anyone who has tried it knows that Bountiful Basket’s granola is the best (most addicting) around. These crunchy bags of goodies are so yummy in fact that some participants report it never even reaches its final destination. It is often ripped open and devoured on the car ride home after picking up their basket. I understand- you’re up early, working hard volunteering, and then driving long distances with 2 lbs of “yum” beckoning- who could resist? Well, believe it or not, some people are actually able to hold out long enough to not just eat the granola, but turn it into something fabulous. Recently, BB administrators asked participants to toss out ideas for using up that wonderful BB granola we have all come to enjoy. Here are some of the great ideas shared on the Bountiful Baskets Facebook page:
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