This Banana Nut Crunch Granola tastes and smells like freshly baked banana bread! It’s spiced and sweetened with maple syrup, loaded with fiber and healthy fats, and tastes darn good. It’s a delightful twist on granola that is incredibly easy to make at home!
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup pepitas
- ½ cup walnuts or pecans, lightly chopped
- 1 cup dried banana chips
- ⅓ cup coconut oil (olive oil also works great for this recipe)
- 1 very ripe banana, mashed (roughly ½ cup)
- ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, pepitas, nuts, and banana chips.
- Place a small saucepan over medium heat and add the oil, mashed banana, syrup/honey, vanilla, spices, salt, flaxseed, and hemp hearts.
- Whisking constantly, bring the mixture to a very slight simmer. Remove from the heat and continue stirring for a few seconds to ensure everything is well mixed.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and toss well with a spatula until everything is evenly combined and incorporated.
- Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring once or twice during that time, until everything is toasty and golden and fragrant.
- Allow the granola to cool completely on the baking sheet. Break into desired consistency once it is cooled. I like to break up most of it while leaving some bigger chunks.
- Serve over yogurt or in a smoothie bowl.
Leftover granola will keep in an airtight container stored at room temperature for up to two weeks.
- Category: breakfast
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