Homemade crispy banana bread granola

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Homemade Banana Bread Granola

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but breakfast is often the only meal of the day that we overlook when it comes to meal planning, and we settle for toast or a sad supermarket cereal bowl.

Well I say there is no way of that.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I will make an effort to put something fun on the table most of the time.

Especially something like this crispy homemade banana and walnut granola that contains just a handful of simple ingredients and can be made ahead of time and even frozen, making it the perfect choice even for the busiest weeks.

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Oh, and as an added bonus, there's no added sugar in this homemade granola, so you can start the day by loading your body with just the good stuff.

So go ahead, grab the following ingredients and we'll start with some homemade goodies:

  • Ripe bananas (a great way to use bananas that are spinning)
  • Rolled oats (sub flaked quinoa for something different)
  • Chopped walnuts (sub in some sunflower seeds without walnuts)
  • Maple syrup
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract

Lets go cook.

Add all the ingredients for the banana bread granola in a bowl and mix well. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet.

Can you freeze homemade granola?

Yes, banana bread granola can definitely be frozen.

In fact, it freezes so well that when I make some I always make a double batch.

One for now and one to freeze for a busy week (my future is always grateful to be able to grab a bag of pre-made homemade granola from the freezer).

Simply:

  • Allow the granola to cool completely once you have removed it from the oven;
  • Once cooled, transfer it to a Ziploc bag, or a container with a lid;
  • Pop in the freezer until you need it;
  • Take it out of the freezer the night before you want to eat it and you're good to go.

Could not been more easy!

How to serve banana bread granola

For my part, I always end up eating handfuls of things directly from the tray, as it is super elegant.

However, if you are a little more sophisticated, you can try serving it in one of these ways:

  • Simply with a little milk (dairy or dairy-free depending on your diet)
  • With a tablespoon of yogurt
  • in a homemade yogurt parfait (this is great for kids)
  • In a layered yogurt like this
  • With a little milk or yogurt and some fruit (banana slices and / or some fresh berries would do well)
  • Pull a little into a bowl and eat it like a trail mix

So many ways to enjoy this delicious and crispy banana granola.

Don't be afraid to eat it directly from the tray or as a sort of mixed nut.

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I prefer to store my homemade granola in a glass jar as it keeps it crisp and nice (this is also a really nice way to give away homemade granola as a gift, just add a ribbon and voila).

You can pick up mason jars at most grocery stores, or buy some from Amazon here: Mason glass jars.

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Easy Banana Bread Granola

With just a handful of simple ingredients, you'll have some banana bread granola ready to start your day right. Ripe bananas, oatmeal, maple syrup, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla combine to bring you a healthy but hearty homemade granola that everyone will love. Why not double batch and store half in the freezer for a busy week? Vegan, vegetarian, kid-friendly, and refined sugar-free, this is a breakfast recipe to add to your rotation.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Course: breakfast

Kitchen: breakfast

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 178kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup (sub in honey if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees (165C) and grease large baking sheet.

  • In a large bowl, mix the bananas, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla.

  • Add the oats and mix well again.

  • Fold the chopped nuts.

  • Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread lightly, but not too thin.

  • Bake for 20 minutes and then flip it over with a spatula. Bake for another 30 minutes or until golden.
  • Let cool, then break into smaller pieces and store in an airtight container.

Notes

To Freeze: See the notes in the post regarding freezing granola.

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 31 g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 236 mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 19 IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1 mg

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