Healthier banana bread granola made with all natural ingredients!
If there’s one food that once I open the bag, I can’t stop eating, it is granola. Some of my favorites include Purely Elizabeth and Paleo Passion Foods. Both brands offer a variety of flavors and I can honestly say that I’ve tried all of their different types. I told you I’m a huge fan.
Those bags don’t last a long time around my house because it is just so easy to stick my hand in that bag and snack, snack, snack! Luckily both Purely Elizabeth and Paleo Passion Foods are made with really good, wholesome ingredients so I don’t feel bad when I take more than the recommended amount (who can possibly do that anyway?!)
Typically, when you think of eating granola, you think you are eating a fairly healthy snack, right? Well, the one problem I have with many granola brands is that they use so much sugar in making it that it is equivalent to the amount in a typical dessert. People get the idea that “oh granola, it is healthy! Let me just polish off a bag!” but it is really important to be cognizant of what is inside that bag before gobbling it all up.
I’ve long been a fan of making my own because then I am able to control what goes into it. Besides my no-bake peanut butter balls, granola recipes are some of the “healthier” foods that I’ve been making the longest. I even posted my first ever picture to Instagram as granola. Woah – that picture is ugly! Ha! I’ve come a long way in a couple months.
My staple granola recipe is one that I developed a few years ago, has minimal ingredients, is super peanut buttery, and so good on top of yogurt. I guess I need to share that recipe soon.
This banana bread granola is sure to add a little pizzazz to your mornings, afternoon snacks, or late night treat. Tom took some of this to work with him as part of his afternoon snack and he loooved it! And yes, there are indeed things I make that he doesn’t like. They just don’t quite make it to the blog.
Next time you have an extra ripe banana, instead of throwing it away, whip together this quick and easy banana bread granola! You won’t be disappointed. Just try not to eat it all in one sitting!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts
- 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and flaxseed
- In separate small bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and mashed banana.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix.
- Pour onto parchment paper lined baking sheet and press down flat. You want the oats to be one flat sheet, but still compact.
- Baked for 25-28 minutes, but watch closely because it can burn quickly.
- Let cool completely and store in air-tight container for up to a week.