Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!

Grandee’s Granola



I’ve been making this granola for more than 25 years. John and the kids love it, and I’m pretty sure our grandkids will love it too, so I’m going to officially call it Grandee’s Granola.

My little cousin is excited about making granola with her grandparents!


It’s so fast and easy…and healthy!DSCN1142


8 cups of Old Fashioned Oatmeal. (not the quick kind)

3 very ripe bananas

6 ounces of canned pineapple juice concentrate

1/3 cup sugar

Raisins, almonds and banana chips are optional

*The pictures on this post show me making a double batch.


Pour the oatmeal into a flat roasting pan or cake pan about 2” deep

You can also add at this time if you want them to be toasted.


Blend the pineapple juice, sugar, and bananas.


Mix well.

My little cousin is doing a great job of stirring the mixture.

My little cousin is doing a great job of stirring the mixture.

 Bake at 250° for 2-3 hours.

About every half hour take it out of the oven and stir with a metal spatula, breaking up the bigger clumps.




The granola will be done when it is completely dry to the touch.

DSCN1191Allow to cool.

Beware of sneaky fingers (as pictured above) that will tend to snitch “tastes” as the granola cools.


When the granola is cool, you can add raisins and banana chips.

You can also add the almonds at this point if you prefer them raw.

Zya granola 3

Stored in an airtight container, this granola will be good for months.


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

2 thoughts on “Grandee’s Granola

  1. Andrena, It sounds wonderful! You are such a talented person. I take my hot off to you.
    Dad & Mom Paladini.

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