Banana Bread Granola
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
- When you spread the granola onto the baking sheet, gently press the granola down with the back of a spoon.
- Do not touch the granola while baking! Tossing the granola around while baking will break up the clusters while they’re trying to form.
- 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.)
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Banana Bread Granola
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
This Banana Bread Granola is healthy, delicious and tastes just like Banana Bread!
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Mix the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pecans together in a bowl. Set aside.
- 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.
- Spread the granola evenly onto the baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, mixing halway through to prevent the edges from burning.
- Let cool completely before eating.
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.)
- 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
My favorite granola recipe I’ve tried! I love how it’s so close to tasting like banana bread. I love cinnamon so I added extra and didn’t have nutmeg on hand so swapped it for clove and its so delicious!
So happy you like it!
Mine took almost an hour to bake. Maybe my measuring was off and had too much moisture? Taste wasn’t compromised though! This will be my go-to granola recipe from now on!
Hi Aly, it’s possible your measurements were off, or your oven temperature runs a bit cool (not all ovens are exactly the same.)
Love this recipe! I’ve made it a couple of times before & loved it. Today Instead of the oil I used 1/4c creamy peanut butter and it turned out great also. I just used my clean hands to break it up onto parchment lined baking sheet & gave it a gentle stir halfway thru the baking time.
A great use for bananas which I have peeled & sliced & wrapped individually & put in freezer bag.
Just thaw & use for baking
So happy you loved the recipe!
Smells amazing and tastes even better! Wondering how long this would keep for though?
Hi Sam! This will keep well for up to 2 weeks
I did, shame on ME, I used some bananas that I had in the freezer and I think it impacted the recipe.
Not sure how the texture will end up.
Smells amazing-I made some with nuts for me and some for my daughter who has allergies.
Hope it turned out ok for you! I haven’t tested this recipe out with frozen bananas, it works perfect with fresh. I can’t imagine bananas from the freezer would change the final result that much.
Amazing recipe! Made my house smell so nice & it tasted so good. Never buying store bought again!
So happy you enjoyed Daniela! 🙂
This recipe was great! I won’t buy store bought granola again. Paired it with plant based milk and this is the perfect breakfast. I’m already putting together ideas for adding this into my homemade trail mix too. So glad I made this recipe and while cooking it made my whole house smell good.
So happy you enjoyed it Danita!
Favorite granola recipe! Not too sweet, tastes great plain or with vanilla yogurt.
Thanks Lexie! Happy you enjoyed!
Yum! I didn’t have rolled oats so I used quick oats, and it still tastes awesome! Thank you😊
Thanks Devika! So happy you liked the recipe 🙂
Very good! Didn’t have coconut oil so used canola.
Thanks Addie! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
This is THE best granola and I am completely hooked. My whole family loves it, its incredibly tasty. I use less honey and coconut oil and it still is perfectly crunchy and sweet. I love the tip to press the granola together before baking as it makes the perfect crumbly consistency – almost like cookie chunks. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!
Ps.: If it is possible for you I would really appreciate it when you could write down the measurements in ml/kg and not in cups… I would love to make more of your recipes but it is just so annoying to look up the weight – cup ratio of every single ingredient…
Lots of love xxx
Hi Isa, thank you for the review! So happy you and your family love the recipe!
Absolutely delicious granola recipe! It truly does taste like banana bread and is some of the best granola I’ve ever made!
Thanks Tara! Happy you enjoyed!
A really nice simple and delicious recipe. This is so much cheaper than buying store-bought granola. Thank you Jessica.
This recipe is great! Definitely worth a try even if you don’t like banana bread like me!
Thanks for the review Leyla, so happy you liked the recipe!!
Legit a killer batch of granola, my dad ate 1/2 before it was even cool!
Thanks for the review Elizabeth! So happy you enjoyed it 🙂
The banana bread granola looks TO DIE FOR. Clusters are the best part of granola, yes indeed!
Thanks so much Cassie!
This granola looks so yummy! What would be the best way to store and how long will it last in storage (assuming it doesn’t get eaten all at once!)
Hi Ange, it’s best stored in an air-tight container or mason jar and should last well for the week 🙂