Banana Bread Granola

I am basically obsessed with the My New Roots: Inspired Plant Based Recipes for Every Season cookbook. Sarah Britton is a true original when it comes to edible inspirations, with an insight on Holistic Nutrition that is thought-provoking and enlightening. This book isn’t just about the pretty pictures (although they are definitely mouth-watering to look at). Sarah breaks out her recipes by season and by dish category – which I absolutely love! Although I am totally guilty of jumping all over, since I want to try them all!

This weekend I tried out her Chunky Banana Bread Granola and I can’t believe I hadn’t thought to add in banana’s to my granola sooner – what a game changer for my granola making days. For one that loves banana bread but looks for a healthier alternative with added nutrients – this is it!

Using banana’s as part of your binding agent will change up any of your go-to granola recipes. Sarah’s recipe is spot on and needs no modification, unless you want to add a few alternate ingredients or use what you have on hand. Just don’t skip out on the Banana – this is the absolute key! My personal recommendation for add-in’s are chia seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, crushed raw almonds or chocolate chips for a treat! What would you add? Check out this amazing breakfast dish-

Banana Bread Granola (yields 9 cups)

  • 3-4 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free)
  • 1 cup  buckwheat groats
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened large coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup whole raw walnuts, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Pour the melted oil into a food processor or blender, add the bananas and maple syrup, and blend until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients – rolled oats, buckwheat groats, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cinnamon, salt, etc.
  4. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the dry mixture and gently toss to coat.
  5. Divide the mixture between the 2 baking sheets and press it firmly with the back of a spatula to ensure that the mixture is compact and even. Bake the granola for 20 minutes, until it’s beginning to brown.
  6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and use a spatula to flip the granola over in large sections. Return it to the oven and flip it every 5-8 minutes, making smaller chunks each time, until golden, 15 to 25 minutes more. The granola should be dry and crisp.
  7. Set the granola aside at room temperature to cool. Do not stir the granola until it is completely cool so it will set into chunks.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month – if it lasts that long!! 🙂

Banana Bread Granola

Go BANANAS! xx

 

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