Utterly delicious maple and banana granola with chocolate chips. A great way to use up overripe bananas and make something different for breakfast that the whole family will love. Suitable for vegans.
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There was a time when I'd make homemade granola and the kids would refuse to eat it.
I didn't mind too much because that left the rest of the batch for me but it seemed like a shame. Because they were missing out on something truly delicious.
As well as being a whole lot healthier than the sugar-packed shop bought variety of granola, I've always found homemade granola to taste way better too.
The turning point was this banana granola. This is a softer granola than most - because it contains mashed banana. The riper the better for this granola - this is a good way to use up overripe bananas.
This mashed banana helps to hold the oats together in clusters as well as tasting great.
I don't think the banana was the thing that won the kids over though. That would be the chocolate chips. Which are of course optional. You can include a dried fruit such as raisins if you prefer. Or just enjoy your banana granola as it is.
Either way, I hope you enjoy this recipe - it's one of our favourites.
What should you serve with banana granola?
This granola is delicious eaten on its own. The mashed banana gives it a softer texture than regular granola and if you use the chocolate chips you'll find it extremely moreish.
If you're looking for other ideas to serve with your granola you could try:
- sliced banana
- chocolate or caramel sauce (for a decadent breakfast)
- fruit compote
- pancakes (I love granola as a pancake topping)
- as a porridge topping.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
You will need the following ingredients to make banana granola:
- 2 ripe bananas - overripe, brown bananas will be perfect
- 100g chopped nuts (eg almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and/or walnuts)
- 200g jumbo oats
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 20g light brown soft sugar (optional)
- 60ml sunflower oil
- 60ml maple syrup
- 100g dairy free chocolate chips or raisins (optional)
Do you need any special equipment for this recipe?
No. You will just need:
More granola recipes that you might like
- Healthy homemade granola
- Nut free granola
- Chocolate beetroot granola
- Coconut and cherry granola
- Vegan granola with cherry and pecan
- Cranberry, almond and cinnamon granola
Some of these recipes appear on my vegan food blog, Cook Veggielicious.
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How to make banana granola
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Maple and banana granola
- 2 ripe bananas
- 100 g mixed chopped nuts eg hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds
- 200 g jumbo oats
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 20 g soft brown sugar optional
- 60 ml sunflower oil
- 60 ml maple syrup
- 100 g raisins optional
- 100 g dairy free chocolate chips optional
- Preheat the oven to 100°C (fan)/120°C/gas mark ½. Line a baking tray with non-stick greaseproof baking paper.
- First mash your two ripe bananas in a bowl until very smooth. Set aside.
- Next mix 200g oats, 100g chopped nuts, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 20g light brown sugar (if using) together in a large bowl.
- Add 60ml sunflower oil and 60ml maple syrup to the bananas and stir.
- Pour the banana mixture into the oats and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Pour onto your prepared baking sheet and spread out with a wooden spoon.
- Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes, until turning brown on top.
- Allow to cool on the tray and then add 100g raisins and/or 100g dairy free chocolate chips (if using). Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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