Banana Bread Granola

{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan} Start your day with a bowl of this crunchy banana bread granola! Made without butter, oil, or refined sugar, it's all the flavor of banana bread in delicious granola form!

Start your day with a bowl of this crunchyΒ banana bread granola! Made without butter, oil, or refined sugar, it’s all the flavor of banana bread in deliciousΒ granola form!

{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan} Start your day with a bowl of this crunchy banana bread granola! Made without butter, oil, or refined sugar, it's all the flavor of banana bread in delicious granola form!

Banana Bread Granola

I can get very enthusiastic about granola.

There are just so many ways to eat it! I like to keep mine for snacking or for mixing into yogurt, but it’s also perfect to eat as cereal, as a topping for ice cream and other desserts, baking into muffins, sprinkling over a fruit salad, giving as an edible gift… so many things are improved with a little bit of granola.

The trouble with a lot of store-bought varieties, though, is that they come filled with excessive sugar and oil and filler.

Sweet and satisfyingly crunchy, my banana bread granola has only aΒ handful of wholesome ingredients, and it’s soΒ quick and easy to make. You can customize it with your favorite banana bread add-ins, too. Once you’ve made your own granola, you’ll never want to go back to the store-bought stuff again! πŸ™‚


Banana Bread Granola

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • Β½ cup nuts and/or seeds of choice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ΒΌ cup pure maple syrup
  • Β½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional add-ins: banana chips, raisins, other dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300Β° and grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, cereal, nuts/seeds, and cinnamon.
  3. Add your banana slices to a bowl and microwave for a minute, until they get soft and are starting to melt.
  4. Add the syrup and extract to the banana and stir until mostly smooth.
  5. Pour the banana mixture over the oat mixture and stir until everything is coated.
  6. Spread the granola evenly onto the sheet and bake for 22-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  7. Once the granola has cooled completely, stir in any add-ins of choice.
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{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan} Start your day with a bowl of this crunchy banana bread granola! Made without butter, oil, or refined sugar, it's all the flavor of banana bread in delicious granola form!

Thinking Out Loud

  1. Currently Reading: A new year means it’s time for another Harry Potter re-read!
  2. I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year! I didn’t do anything too elaborate or celebratory. I wanted something relaxed and quiet, because I’ve been busy preparing for the fact that…
  3. I’m on vacation! The WiFi here is spotty, so I hope everything goes well with this post. It’s going to be a bit of a challenge to fix if things go wonky. πŸ˜‰
  4. The Kindle vs. Book wars can get heated, but I’ve got to say, the Kindle is a lifesaver when you’re on vacation. I have nothing against Kindles at any time, even if I am more of a traditional book girl (I like the feel of turning pages!), but they are a godsend when I’m away from home. It’s kind of the best thing ever to not have to pack a million physical books (and Harry Potter books are heavy!).
  5. Recipes that caught my eye this week:
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66 comments

  1. Marla says:

    HI Courtney,

    This granola sounds delicious and so healthy. I love the idea of the banana with the maple syrup too. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  2. Amy says:

    I love granola and this recipe gave me some ideas for some new granola twists. i am anxious to try some of the varieties. Thank you for sharing on Happiness is Homemade Link Party.

  3. Wendy says:

    I think I could nibble on this granola all day long (probably while reading a book with pages. πŸ™‚ ) !Though, I do agree that being able to download a book or several onto a tablet is a real space saver on a trip!

  4. Cheryl says:

    This sounds amazing! I just pinned it! So happy to meet you today…linking up next to you at the “What Joy Is Mine” link-up. God bless you, new friend, and enjoy your vacation! πŸ™‚

  5. The Ninja Baker says:

    Anytime is a good time to re-read Harry Potter =) Pinned your beautiful banana bread granola and saved the recipe. Hope to be diving into the deliciousness soon. P.s. Found your delightful post via April J Harris’ Hearth & Soul =)

  6. April J Harris says:

    Courtney, your Banana Bread Granola looks absolutely addictive – and I love that it hasn’t got fat, oil or refined sugar! Pinned! Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul.

  7. Leslie Soto says:

    This sounds so delicious. I love granola with yogurt but I have never thought about putting it on muffins! I bet it would be really good in a trail mix, too. The possibilities are endless. I’m pinning this so I can remember to make it soon.

  8. Jann Olson says:

    Hi Courtney, I love granola and this sounds super yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC. Pinning. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but I don’t see Share Your Cup listed amongst your link party list.
    hugs,
    Jann

  9. Kimmythevegan says:

    Your granola sounds so great! You are always so creative with it – I tend to just stick to the same, boring old granola recipes. At least I can get creative with your recipes πŸ˜‰
    Would you believe I have not yet read the Harry Potter series? It’s one of my reading goals this year though.
    I hope you enjoyed your vacation! I can’t wait to hear about it.
    I am a die hard physical book reader. I tried an e-reader a few years back… but didn’t like it. I actually just traveled yesterday to Canada to visit my family and my suitcase weighed a TON. My husband wanted to know what I possibly needed to pack that would weigh so much. BOOKS haha.
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays. I’m pinning & sharing!

    • Courtney says:

      Thank you so much, Kimmy! πŸ™‚
      Ooh, I hope you love Harry Potter! It’s my go-to for happy, comfort reading.
      My vacation was absolutely lovely and relaxing and I’m a little bit sad to be back! πŸ˜‰
      Haha, yeah, I had to give the Kindle time to grow on me… it took awhile. There’s just nothing like a physical book! πŸ™‚

    • Courtney says:

      Hi, Jacqueline! I mash the banana together with the maple syrup so it’s mostly smooth, and I use it to coat the oat mixture. There shouldn’t be any big chunks or anything. We go through granola quickly in my house, but I would think that as long as it’s kept in an airtight container, it should keep for at least a week. πŸ™‚

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