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Banana Bread Granola

This easy to make banana bread granola takes minimal ingredients and is a family favorite. Simple to customize and the perfect breakfast or snack recipe! 

Banana Bread Granola

Banana Granola Recipe

THIS recipe is so so so high on my favorites. Something about a smashed banana added to homemade granola has me swooning. It is so incredibly easy to make, has minimal ingredients, and best of all it has the stamp of approval from my very picky ten year old! 

The secret is in the overripe banana that is smashed and mixed into the granola before you bake it. It helps bind things together and gives you an incredible banana bread flavor. Cinnamon and vanilla extract help boost the flavors and make this one insanely delicious snack recipe! 

Homemade Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola Ingredients:

  • Rolled Oats
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Pecans
  • Dried Banana Chips
  • Coconut Oil
  • Honey
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Bananas

Can you see all of the chopped pecans and banana bits floating in that picture above? That, my friends, is considered more valuable than gold in the One Sweet Appetite household.

Is homemade granola healthy? 

The short answer? No. We treat this recipe as a treat and only indulge in it occasionally.  The added sugar and oil aren’t ideal for someone trying to eat a more healthy or low sugar diet. That being said, it is a fun way to add fruits, grains, and nuts into your daily snacking. 

Banana Bread Granola on One Sweet Appetite

How to make easy homemade granola:

For this recipe I used my Vanilla Granola as a base and slightly altered it by adding some nuts, dried fruit, and banana. The outcome was fantastic and I honestly cannot wait to package some up to take when we introduce ourselves to the neighbors!

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, pecans, and banana chips in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan combine the coconut oil and honey. Heat until just warm and liquid consistency. Remove from the heat and whisk in your vanilla extract and banana.
  4. Gently stir your wet ingredients into the dry until fully incorporated. Spread onto your prepared baking tray in an even layer.
  5. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown making sure to stir once halfway through baking. Allow to cool completely on the baking tray before enjoying.

What can you add to granola?

The beauty of this recipe is that it is so easy to adapt. Here are a few other ingredients we love to add to this recipe:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Seeds (raw is best)
  • Dried Blueberries (really, any dried fruit)
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Chocolate Chips
Banana Bread Granola Recipe

Did I mention you can also use this as a banana granola cereal?? We frequently replace our sugar packed bowl of captain crunch with this delicious homemade granola. If stored properly it can last forever, making it the ideal pantry staple! 

How long does homemade granola last?

If stored properly, homemade granola can last up to six months. It is best to keep in an air tight container in a low moisture dry place, like the pantry! 

Can you freeze homemade granola?

Yes! Add the granola to a freezer safe container or zip top bag. Label and freeze. Pull out whenever you are ready to eat and enjoy!

Like this recipe? You will love my:

Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola

Yield: About 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This easy to make banana bread granola takes minimal ingredients and is a family favorite. Simple to customize and the perfect breakfast or snack recipe! 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped dried banana chips
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup banana, smashed

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, pecans, and banana chips in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan combine the coconut oil and honey. Heat until just warm and liquid consistency. Remove from the heat and whisk in your vanilla extract and banana.
  4. Gently stir your wet ingredients into the dry until fully incorporated. Spread onto your prepared baking tray in an even layer.
  5. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown making sure to stir once halfway through baking. Allow to cool completely on the baking tray before enjoying.

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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

Friday 24th of June 2016

We love snacking on homemade granola! This banana bread flavor sounds so good!

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