Strawberry and Banana Four Grain Granola

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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 Granola Four Grain Granola

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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

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, toss together the oat flakes, barley flakes, rye flakes, wheat flakes and brown sugar. Set aside.

3. 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.

4. 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!

Yields 2 cups

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marissa @ the boot March 27, 2013 at 1:17 am

1) breakfast is also my favorite. 2) that section is also my favorite, yet sadly here in italy things like that are just not the norm. i miss american supermarkets! until i’m back in one, i’ll be making this with the oats i can find here! YUM.

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thecitygourmand March 27, 2013 at 2:12 am

I love the fact that you’ve styled granola to actually look good! Mine always looks like a soggy mess ;)

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Maria March 27, 2013 at 2:33 am

You can use coconut oil instead of butter or olive oul too.
And I use coconut nectar for my granola instead of sugar.
Just sayin’
:)

Butter breaks are good.

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Adrianna March 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

Yes you can!

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Tieghan March 27, 2013 at 6:14 am

I want this for breakfast, like now!!

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Adri {Food-N-Thought} March 27, 2013 at 6:21 am

I shouldn’t have skipped breakfast this morning… this is kind of torture!

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this is lemonade March 27, 2013 at 6:38 am

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I totally get the freeze-dried strawberry thing. Love them too! And astronaut food is just too much fun (if you don’t have to eat it for months, I’m guessing). I’m thinking of embarking on my own adventures into granola once I have finished my shop bought one – they are so expensive ready made, I’m going to see if I can’t make it less expensive and also like the idea of knowing exactly how much sugar and salt I’m adding in :)

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this is lemonade March 27, 2013 at 6:39 am

Oh I was going to say I loved the four grain idea. I think I’m going to hunt for some different grains too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Adrianna March 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

Thanks for being here! It’s definitely less expensive and the pre made boxed granola at the supermarkets always have waaaaay too much sugar for my taste.

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Kelly March 27, 2013 at 6:44 am

Oh I absolutely love this recipe, I would make this in an instant :)

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Kate March 27, 2013 at 6:55 am

I get that same giddy feeling in the bulk bins too; wild-eyed, staring at everything with my brain spinning out potential for it all. I need twice the pantry space to accommodate all this goodness. We’re somewhat stuffed to bursting as it is.

I LOVE this idea of using different grains for granola. We’ve been on a HUGE granola kick, but I’ve only used oats for it, not even thinking -duh!- that those other flakes would be an awesome addition. I’m a dope. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll switch it up for our next batch.

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Bev @ Bev Cooks March 27, 2013 at 7:23 am

Seeeeeriously I needed this to sort of guide me into what to buy in that section. I always get panicked and sweaty. And then I cry.

Just kidding.

Maybe.

I want this.

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Ellie @ Ginger Bear Kitchen March 27, 2013 at 7:27 am

I recently made my own granola for the first time and LOVED it! I love that you used different grains in yours and I’m definitely going to try adding freeze dried fruit to my next batch.

P.S. I’m obsessed with the bulk section too.

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Marie @ Little Kitchie March 27, 2013 at 7:42 am

Looks so good, and your photos are gorgeous! Love the one of all the grains!

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Heather @ A Sweet Simple Life March 27, 2013 at 8:42 am

Gorgeous post! I love all the colors and grains in this granola. Perfect for spring!

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Sarah March 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

Hello!

I have a question that I’ve been meaning to ask for a while. Is that pretty little honey dipper thing really a big pain in the butt, but so pretty that you use it anyways? Is it hard to clean? It looks so pretty and rustic and I want one, but I just can’t see it being practical. Is it just for pictures?

Also re: bulk sections (and honey) – my grocery store sells bulk local honey. It’s sooo cheap and is THE thing in the store that makes me happy.

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Adrianna March 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

You know, right now I just use it for pictures but my ultimate dream is to have a really pretty bowl on my counter filled with honey and that little thing sitting in the bowl. I want it so whenever I’m drinking tea I can just use it to add some honey. It has yet to happen. :)

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Sarah March 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

Of all of the ultimate dreams a person can have, that is a lovely one.

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Adrianna March 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

Haha. I don’t shoot that high. It’s all about the simple stuff.

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Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet March 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

Yum! I love the idea of using all those different grains together. I am also someone who feels butter in granola is overkill. I usually use canola or grapeseed, but olive oil would be good in a granola like this, where you have the fruit to cut some of the savory aspects of the oil. Yummers!

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Sarah Beth March 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

I love making my own granola and this looks absolutely amazing. I love the four different grains AND those strawberries. I need some now!

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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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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!!!

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

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

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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.

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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 :)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Yum! I love the look of those dried strawberries!

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

This recipe looks terrific!

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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!

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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.

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