This Banana Bread Granola Recipe is easy to make and full of cozy flavor! Naturally sweetened and packed with vegan protein, this simple and healthy treat is great for breakfast or as a snack. Read on to learn a trick for extra granola clumps.
Ingredients in Banana Bread Granola
First, unsurprisingly, we’ll start with a couple of overripe bananas. These are crucial as they provide natural sweetness and that classic, nostalgic flavor.
Rolled oats, nuts, and shredded coconut round out the base of this recipe. After adding some maple syrup and spices, a few tablespoons of coconut oil help things get crispy in the oven. I do not recommend reducing the amount of oil in this recipe as the banana alone will cause your oats to be chewy rather than crispy once baked.
How to Make Granola with Clumps
The trick to clumpy granola is to avoid stirring during the baking process.
You will need to keep an eye out for burning on the edges, but that has not been a major issue for me yet. Once the granola is done baking and fully cooled, you’ll be able to break it into whatever clump sizes you’d like! If you prefer a more traditional granola with a lot of individual oat pieces, stir halfway through the bake.
Similarly to other granola recipes, this one comes together in just about 30 minutes. I like to keep it basic with just one bowl (less dishes) and try to remain flexible with my add-ins. Chopped almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and cashews all work wonderfully. The shredded coconut is technically optional, but I do enjoy the hint of sweetness it provides.
More Tips For Making This Banana Bread Granola Recipe
- I recommend using parchment paper or a silicone baking mat when baking this banana bread granola. It helps us avoid sticking to the cookie sheet and insures an even bake throughout.
- Make sure your bananas are very ripe, with many brown spots. This will provide the bulk of the flavor and sweetness in the recipe. If you’ve ever made banana bread, we’re looking for the same level of ripeness.
- Feel free to switch up the add-ins to customize to your taste. I’m sure dried fruit, candied ginger, or even chocolate chips would be welcome additions!