This recipe for Banana Bread Granola is easy to make, healthy and tastes just like banana bread! Enjoy on its own or use it to sprinkle on yogurt, smoothies or oatmeal!

a bowl with banana bread granola and a spoon in it

A healthy breakfast recipe

If you absolutely love banana bread, then you’ll love this recipe for Banana Bread Granola.

It’s made with a combination of oats, pecans, mashed banana, coconut oil and maple syrup for a healthy granola recipe that is vegan, gluten-free (*make sure your oats are gluten-free) and absolutely delicious!

I like to enjoy this granola in a bowl topped off with some homemade almond milk, but it’s also delicious sprinkled on top of yogurt. Store this granola in a sealed jar for up to a week to have it on hand for breakfast!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This granola is super easy to make and has minimal ingredients. It’s also much healthier than store-bought granolas
  • It’s naturally vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free for a granola recipe that makes a great healthy breakfast option.
  • This granola tastes just like delicious banana bread!

How to make Banana Bread Granola

Mix the oats, pecans, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. You could also use walnuts if you prefer them to pecans.

oats and pecans in a clear mixing bowl

In a separate bowl mix together the mashed banana, (the banana should be very ripe) coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract until everything is combined.

mashed banana, coconut oil and maple syrup in a clear mixing bowl

Pour the banana mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix it all together with a large spoon until all the oats are evenly coated.

Bake the granola at 325 degrees F for 30-40 minutes until golden brown around the edges.

banana bread granola on a baking sheet

How to get granola clusters in your granola

Love those large chunky clusters in your granola? Who doesn’t! Here’s how to get them:

  1. When you spread the granola onto the baking sheet, gently press the granola down with the back of a spoon.
  2. Do not touch the granola while baking! Tossing the granola around while baking will break up the clusters while they’re trying to form.
  3. Let cool completely. Again, don’t try and mix or break up the granola when It’s still hot out of the oven. Let it cool completely, then use your hands to break up the granola into clusters.

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • Use rolled oats (large flaked oat) in this recipe. Quick oat don’t give the same texture to the granola. (Also, do not substitute these oats for steel-cut oats.)
  • Make sure your banana is ripe. Bananas that are very dark and spotty are best for this recipe.
  • Line your pan with parchment paper. This will help make your clean up easier!
  • Check on your granola halfway through. Depending on your oven, the granola may cook slightly faster or slower. If you notice the granola starting to brown too much on the edges, give it a gentle toss. (Don’t mix it too much though or else you will lose the clusters.)
a bowl of banana bread granola with almond milk and a napkin on the side

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a bowl with banana bread granola and a spoon in it

Banana Bread Granola

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Banana Bread Granola is healthy, delicious and tastes just like Banana Bread!


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup overripe mashed banana (about 1 large banana)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pecans together in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the mashed banana, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla together, then pour the weit ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well combined.
  4. Spread the granola evenly onto the baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, mixing halway through to prevent the edges from burning.
  5. Let cool completely before eating.

Notes

Use rolled oats (large flaked oat) in this recipe. Quick oat don’t give the same texture to the granola.

Make sure your banana is ripe. Bananas that are very dark and spotty are best for this recipe.

Check on your granola halfway through. Depending on your oven, the granola may cook slightly faster or slower. If you notice the granola starting to brown too much on the edges, give it a gentle toss. (Don’t mix it too much though or else you will lose the clusters.)


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8th recipe
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 77mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 5g

Keywords: healthy granola recipe, banana granola recipe

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