Banana Granola

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Banana Granola-this easy granola recipe will remind you of banana bread! Enjoy it with yogurt, milk, or by the handful! And if you want to indulge a little, add in some chocolate chips! 

Banana Granola Recipe

When life gives you brown bananas, make banana bread, muffins, pancakes, cake, ice cream, and cookies. And if you still have bananas to use up, promise me you will make this Banana Granola. It is my new favorite banana recipe. I made a big pan over the weekend and it is already gone. I am starting to wonder if Caleb is a monkey because he goes bananas for all things banana…including this granola. He couldn’t keep his little hands out of it!

Banana Granola Recipe

I love turning ugly, brown bananas into tasty eats and this granola is definitely tasty! Plus, it’s super easy to make. You probably have all of the ingredients to make the granola right now. Assuming you have brown bananas. If you don’t, bookmark this recipe and wait a few days until your bananas are ripe and ready! The granola is worth the wait, I promise!

Banana Granola Recipe

I am usually not a walnut fan, but I decided to use them in this granola recipe since bananas bring out the best in walnuts. I am glad I did because they added a nice crunch to the granola. Pecans or almonds would be good too though! Use whatever nut you like…or if you are allergic to nuts you can leave them out. I made a nut free version for Josh and he loved it!
Banana Granola Recipe

The granola tastes just like banana bread…which is a VERY good thing!

Banana Granola Recipe

I love the granola plain, but I was feeling a little mischievous, so I added mini chocolate chips to the mix! SO good!

Banana Granola Recipe

The Banana Granola is good with yogurt or milk. We made yogurt parfaits for breakfast and Caleb was on cloud nine! Our Banana Granola parfaits were the perfect start to the day! And this week is National School Breakfast Week so I think we will have to enjoy Banana Granola parfaits all week long. Why not? It is an easy breakfast that can be eaten at the table or on the go! Kiddos will go crazy for this fun breakfast treat! Yay for eating breakfast!

Get your granola on and make Banana Granola!

Banana Granola Recipe

Banana Granola

If you like banana bread, you will love this easy banana granola! It tastes just like banana bread. Stir in chocolate chips for a sweet treat!
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats or gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 large ripe banana mashed (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, combined mashed banana, coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Pour liquid mixture over oat mixture and stir until oats are coated. Spread evenly on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake granola for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and cool granola completely on baking sheet. The granola will crisp up as it cools. When granola is completely cooled, stir in the chocolate chips, if using. Store in an airtight container or glass jar with a lid for up to two weeks.
  5. Note-for vegan recipe, make sure you use vegan chocolate chips.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I’m a huge banana bread fan, but don’t make it too often cause it’s loaded in calories. I love this as an option to substitute! The chocolate chips are a most excellent idea. And walnuts are something I cherish….plus when you eat a handful of them everyday, I read recently that they actually cut down on your belly fat! I need that, bathing suit season is coming. Excellent granola recipe.

  2. Yumm!!! I have yet to find a granola recipe our family doesn’t like!! (Unless I burn it 😉 ) I love that this has maple syrup in it too! This would probably be yummy as a dessert too, on a bowl of frozen yogurt!

  3. This looks great, but I’m allergic to coconuts (and presumably the oil). What can I use as a substitute, do you think?

  4. Looks and sounds delicious! Do you think the brown sugar is necessary to the recipe? It seems like it might be sweet enough just with the maple syrup (and chocolate chips), but maybe the sugar is necessary for the final texture?

  5. Hubby loves granola & bananas, so this recipe definitely had his name on it. The recipe was real easy, & hubby loves the results…another winner…thank you…

  6. Simply the best! The little bit of sea salt catches you off guard when you taste it….such a great complement to the sweet. And the cinnamon comes thru!

    Had a medley of mini cinnamon, white, and semi-sweet chocolate chips I tossed in after it cooled.

    This will be my NEW recipe….

  7. This is awesome! The unbelievably great smells wafting from the kitchen while this baked were pure torture to my high schoolers while they studied. I have a feeling this will become a frequent request!

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  9. Yum! This is really tasty! We made yogurt-granola parfaits with our granola, using vanilla yogurt, sliced bananas, and the banana granola.

    May I suggest two excellent additions to this very tasty granola? Dried banana chips (crushed into smaller pieces) and cinnamon chips (found in the baking aisle with the chocolate chips) take this over the top!

    Next time, I might also go in a tropical direction and add the dried banana chips, chopped dried pineapple, and some sweetened flaked coconut. mmm!

    Thanks for sharing, Maria and Josh!

  10. My family is obsessed with this granola right now. I’ve made it several times now. While we haven’t tried it with chocolate chips, we love it with strawberry yogurt. I love how this granola really makes the house smell like I’m baking banana bread!

  11. Thanks for the delicious recipe! New family favourite! Added shredded coconut since my husband loves it in everything!

  12. Hello! I love this granola recipe and use 4c. oats instead of using nuts. I also add 1/2t. coconut extract. It is soooo delicious and it makes your house smell awesome! I was wondering, can I sub pumpkin instead of the banana? If so, do you recommend I alter the recipe in any way? Wondering if I would need to increase the sweeteners since pumpkin is not as sweet as bananas…Thoughts?

  13. I made this without nuts nor chocolate chips and it still turned out great. I love the light sweetness of the granola and the hint of banana throughout. This is the first time I have ever made my own granola and I think that his recipe is a keeper!

  14. Looks so good! I like how ti uses fresh bananas for the banana flavor. I hate banana flavored granola that gets the banana from banana chips that are super processed and mostly sugar.


  15. Third time is a charm! I’ve tried to make granola 2 other times and it was good, but not even half as good as this! Delish! Everyone is eating off the cooling trays. I doubled the banana, substituted honey for maple syrup and canola oil for coconut oil. Added flax seed! I doubled the recipe and cooked it at 325 for 50 min., stirring and changing oven positions at 20 and 40 min. Let it cool and crisp on the pan overnight. Crisp, crunchy, delicious! I dont think this double batch will last 3rd days!! Thanks for the great recipe


  16. Smells great while cooking and does get crisp while cooling (don’t wait to take it out of the oven until it is crisp)…I used cashews instead of walnuts since I can’t get walnuts easily in my country…delicious. Thank you for a great change to my regular granola recipe!

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