Easy Banana Bread Granola Recipe
So I kinda have this obsession with homemade granola. There is so much more flavor in the homemade stuff as opposed to the store bought. Honestly, that is really the case in almost anything you buy “pre-made”.
Plus I have an amazing basic granola recipe that I use and then just add different components to make it a different flavor each time. For instance, I’ve made Pumpkin Spice Granola, Blueberry Pecan Granola, Almond Joy Granola … and now this Easy Banana Bread Granola Recipe.
Since I make it so much I’ve learned a few things here and there. If you want larger chunks of your granola, more like a snacking granola, then you need to add little more liquid to the mix and then after you take it out of the oven for the last time let it sit and harden. Then after about 20 minutes, come back and break it up.
But if you want more of a crumbly type granola that you can put on yogurt or eat with milk like you would cereal here’s the trick. After you remove the granola from the oven the last time immediately break it up or toss the granola so it doesn’t stick together and harden. Make sense?
Another thing I’ve learned is pecans ROCK in granola. No more almonds for me. The granola has more of a nutty taste when it cooks with the pecans and turns slightly darker in color as well! It’s delicious and down right addicting. (Cason and I couldn’t stop munching on this while I was photographing it!!)
I have also toyed back and forth with maple syrup and honey as the sweetener in my granola recipe. In the other granola’s I’ve made I prefer the maple syrup but in this particular one I like the honey better – and it caramelizes the granola a little more!
Everybody loves banana bread. Not only because it is down right delicious, but because it’s a great way to use up those brown bananas that are just about to go bad.
When thinking up this recipe I was trying to decide whether or not to add mushed bananas to the wet ingredients for this mix. I was wanting a slight taste of banana not an overpowering banana taste like you would get by adding the mushed bananas directly to the mix. I decided on the addition of banana chips for this and it is pure banana bread bliss.
The banana taste is not overpowering, you get a slight taste of cinnamon and nutmeg and then a delicious pop of honey caramelized pecans!
OMG is this stuff addicting. It will make your house smell dreamy and your taste buds will go crazy after you take the first bite!
Just go ahead and make a double batch. I wish I did, especially as I sit here writing this post and look at the pictures. (ahem.. insert tummy rumble)
Bon Appetite my friends and happy weekend!
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup halved pecans
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 Tablespoon of coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup raw honey
- 1½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup banana chips
- To get started, preheat over to 325º.
- In a large bowl, toss old fashioned oats, pecans, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the wet ingredients, melted coconut oil, raw honey, and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined.
- Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and toss to coat everything.
- On a baking sheet, place either a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Then spread granola mixture out across entire pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is slightly browned. You will want to turn the granola every 10 minutes so it doesn’t burn. 🙂
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Toss with banana chips and serve!
- Serving Size: 1/3 cup
- Calories: 236
- Sugar: 13 g
- Sodium: 84 mg
- Fat: 13 g
- Carbohydrates: 27 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 3 g
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