The weather’s warming up and I need to start cutting my sugar intake.
And this recipe is perfect for just that because it’s sweet, but without any white sugar.
It’s sweetened with honey and organic brown sugar and made with old fashioned oats, walnuts, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
The banana flavoring comes from a very ripe banana and banana chips.
You can also use 2 tablespoons of banana extract if you don’t have a banana ready when you want to make this.
If you love bananas or banana bread, then you’re going to flip over this homemade banana granola.
It gives you another reason to let bananas ripen up on your kitchen counter.
Just look at that wholesome goodness!
A healthy and wholesome homemade banana granola that you can enjoy anytime of the day.
- 3/4 cup ripe banana (1 large banana)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 2 Tablespoons organic brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons milled flax seed
- Dash of Himalayan pink salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup banana chips
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
- Prepare a cookie sheet by wiping down with a small amount of (your choice) coconut oil, sunflower oil, butter, or non-stick cooking spray. Wipe off any excess oil with a clean, dry paper towel. Doing this will help decrease any chance of burning your granola. Set prepared cookie sheet aside.
- Place coconut oil into a small bowl and microwave for about 40 seconds to melt coconut oil.
- In a separate bowl, mash banana. Pour melted oil into bowl with banana, add vanilla and mix together.
- Transfer banana mixture into a large bowl and mix in oats, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, chia seeds, flax seed, and salt.
- Spread granola evenly over prepared cookie sheet.
- Place into oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring granola every 5 minutes. It’s very important to stir granola every 5 minutes, otherwise you will end up with burnt granola (just sayin, not like it happened to me or anything).
- Turn off oven and remove pan.
- Stir in chopped walnuts, coconut, and banana chips. Place granola back into oven (with temperature off) and allow to let cool, approximately 1 hour inside oven.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Can be used for breakfast cereal, mixed in with pancake mix, snacking, or as a topping for yogurt, ice cream, or fruit cobblers.
- Because a real banana is used, some moisture will remain in granola, making it less crunchy. If granola is not as crunchy as you like, turn oven temperature on again to 325F degrees, leave on for about 2 minutes (enough time to heat oven up again), then immediately turn oven off and leave granola inside oven and let cool. This helps remove any remaining moisture from granola without baking it any longer. Repeat 2 to 3 more times until you achieve a crunchier granola.
- Always add dried fruits, nuts, and seeds after granola comes out of the hot oven.
- You can always use sweetened coconut flakes, brown sugar, or sea salt instead of organic and unsweetened ingredients.
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