Granola is such a great food to have around the house for an easy breakfast or filling snack. The main issue with most store-bought granola is that it’s packed with tons of sugar (not to mention expensive!) Luckily, it’s easy to make a batch of homemade granola and you can tailor it to your preferences and what ingredients you have on hand.
I really enjoyed this particular granola because it was super nutty and had just the right sweetness and texture from the mashed banana. It’s almost reminiscent of banana bread, with a lot of the same flavor and spice.
Next time you have a ripe banana, give this foolproof recipe a try!
Banana Nut Granola
yields: approximately 6 cups
3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 1/4 cups of nuts, chopped (a mix of walnuts, pecans and almonds tastes great)
3 Tbs coconut sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbs cinnamon
1 Tbs flax seeds, optional
1 Tbs of chia seeds, optional
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (I used honey)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 medium ripe banana, mashed
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet or 2 small baking sheets with parchment. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, nuts, coconut sugar, salt, cinnamon, flax and chia seeds.
In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil, honey, vanilla until warmed and well combined. Remove from heat and stir in mashed banana.
Pour the liquids over the rolled oat mixture and toss until well combined. Pour the uncooked granola on baking sheet(s) and spread it out evenly, making sure there is enough space for it to be in one layer.
Bake for 23-28 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Take care not to let it burn, which can happen easily. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker