Delicious and fragrant banana bread like maple granola full of healthy fats from nuts, seeds and coconut oil. Plus, it’s gluten-free!
I love love love granola but I really hate to shop for it at stores. Why? It’s full of sugar (like literally, look at the labels, sugar is the first ingredient!), usually plain and boring and I didn’t manage to find one that was gluten-free yet which is a must for me.
This maple banana granola with nuts I feel like I never make enough of. Proof that it’s really good? Hendrik is always asking when I’m going to make the next batch. And that really means something.
One thing you should know: I enjoy my banana granola rich with clusters. Those crunchy heaven like chunks that taste like banana bread. And that’s exactly what you get from the recipe. See, that’s why I need to make my own, high standards. But that also mean that YOU are going to love it, I’m sure of it.
It is also a great recipe to use the ingredients that have been lying around for a while. Ever wondered what to do with those spotty bananas that have been on your counter for the last week? Apart from freezing them and making ice cream, making granola is a perfect solution. It also works with many nuts and seeds of your choice, so feel free not to follow a recipe (yup, I said it) and try your own combinations that work for you with what you have. The ingredient list is plain and simple: bananas, nuts/seeds, oats, maple syrup, coconut oil. Anything extra is totally fine. Do you feel like adding raisins? Go for it!
This maple banana granola is very versatile: You can use it to sprinkle on smoothies, my 2-Ingredient Pancakes or those delicious smoothie bowls that we see almost every day on Instagram (jealous!), to eat with yoghurt (coconut one for a dairy free alternative), to eat with milk (like this Chocolate Coconut Milk – HEAVEN) or as a snack, just put it in a small bag and bring it with you.
Also, banana granola really is a healthy breakfast option. With a high amount of omega-3 fatty acid rich nuts and seeds, it is way better for you than any cereal.
I hope you try it, see how delicious and easy it is and hopefully you will never feel the urge to buy your granola in the store ever again.
So let’s get to it, shall we?
3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats, gluten free
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup flax seeds
4 tablespoons of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of tahini or any nut butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1. Preheat oven for 350 degrees F | 175 degrees C.
2. Mix all dry ingredients together (oats, nuts and seeds) in a mixing bowl.
3. Mash bananas with a fork and mix with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, maple syrup and tahini or nut butter.
4. Combine the ingredients together in a big mixing bowl and stir well, coating everything.
5. Put the mixture on a lined baking sheet, spread evenly.
6. Bake and stir every 10 minutes for the duration of approximately 30 minutes total or until golden brown.
7. Let cool and then store in a glass jar, it keeps for weeks.