Banana Chocolate Chip Granola
Banana Chocolate Chip Granola is healthy banana granola recipe with no refined sugar! It’s reminiscent of banana bread, and perfect for breakfast and snacks!
Normally for breakfast I eat a bowl of oatmeal sweetened with maple syrup and topped with fresh banana and some toasted nuts, seeds, or coconut. If I have blueberries, those might go in, but it’s almost always banana.
Then I’ll have another half of banana later in the day with some peanut butter or almond butter. I love my banana. 🙂
I’ve been making a lot of healthier banana bread lately, and I decided I needed to do a granola take on it. I adapted banana granola recipe from my almond granola recipe by adding in one medium mashed banana.
I wasn’t totally sure if the granola would be as crispy this way, but it was perfect.
In fact, this banana granola was not only crispy, it was downright clumpy — just the way I love it. Those big clusters are perfect for snacks, or eating a few fistfuls before you get any in the bowl.
You do that too, don’t you?
The granola was in extra big clusters this time around because I didn’t stir it while it baked. I can honestly say I’ll never, Never, EVER stir granola again.
This banana granola smelled just like banana bread while it baked, which to me is one of the best aromas on the planet. The banana flavor is mild in the granola itself, but it really helped sweeten things up.
I wanted a mildly sweetened granola, and that’s just what this is, between the banana and just enough maple syrup.
Since the granola isn’t too sweet, the dark chocolate chips were totally warranted. A little indulgence doesn’t hurt, and it is dark chocolate. 🙂
I also tossed in some walnut pieces for a nice, nutty crunch, which really played up that banana bread thing. And more sliced banana for serving — yes! The more banana the better.
Needless to say, if you love banana, you need this granola in your life. 🙂
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Banana Chocolate Chip Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats*
- 3/4 cup walnut pieces or your favorite nut
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds optional
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil sub with your favorite oil
- 6 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large banana mashed (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, walnuts, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- Place the coconut oil and maple syrup in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until warm and melted. Stir in the vanilla and banana puree until incorporated.
- Stir the banana mixture into the oat mixture until the oats are well coated. Pour onto the rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 25-30 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely. Place in a bowl, break into clusters, and gently toss in the chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!
- *Be sure to use 100% certified gluten free oats to make this recipe gluten free.
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.