Banana Granola

Breakfast this morning - vanilla Greek yogurt, banana granola and a spoonful of blueberry preserves.  Yum!

Breakfast this morning – vanilla Greek yogurt, banana granola and a spoonful of blueberry preserves. Yum!

Anytime I start to think about eating healthier breakfasts, I think of granola.  I love the idea of granola – crunchy, earthy and wholesome.  Granola makes me think of nature, of weekends backpacking in the woods, of trees and blue skies…

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The finished product.

But do not trust granola, my friends – granola can be deceptive.  Most granola, especially store-bought, is loaded with fat and calories.  So a few months ago, I went on a search for a healthy, tasty homemade granola that I could eat without guilt.

I finally found a recipe that sounded good – no oil, no dried fruits or raisins (I am NOT a fan of raisins).  The oats and nuts are held together by a banana mixture that you whir up in a blender.  No muss, no fuss.  I made it a few times, changing it a bit each time,  until I got it just the way I wanted.

My sister perfers a crunchier granola, so she likes it broken into smaller peices and cooked until it’s all a dark brown.  I like my granola to be a little softer with a chewy center, so I leave it in bigger chunks.  Hey, to each their own, right?

Banana Granola

(Original recipe found here.)

If you consider it 6 servings (3/4 cup each), it’s about 200 calories per serving.  If you’re just using it as a topping on yogurt, you’ll probably get more servings (and consequently, less calories per serving.  Woo hoo!).

  • 2 heaping cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1  1/2 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • a large pinch of sea salt

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the oats, sunflower seeds and walnuts in a medium size bowl.  Set aside for now.

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In a blender, combine the bananas, water, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt.  Blend until smooth.  It does turn a funny brown color – don’t worry.

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Mix the banana mixture into the oat mixture.  Let sit for about 10 minutes – this gives the oats a chance to soak up some of that banana goodness.

Dump the granola onto a cookie sheet and spread it out to make a single layer.  Don’t worry that it looks sort of wet – as it cooks, it will crisp up.

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Bake the granola for about 40 minutes.  Every 10 minutes or so, break up the granola with a spatula and toss it around.  Make the granola chunks as large or as small as you wish.  When it’s all brown and crispy, it’s done!

Now I can enjoy healthy granola with a light heart and happy tummy.  What a great way to start the day!

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13 thoughts on “Banana Granola

    1. Melissa Post author

      Thanks! Truthfully, I originally added the blueberry because I liked the way it looked, but it was really tasty. It added just a bit of sweetness to the yogurt and granola.

      Reply
  1. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    I love granola with kefir, but I’m the only one in the family who does (who are these people?) so I rarely make any for myself. This sounds great, Melissa. Are your sunflower seeds the salted kind? I’ve been cooking a lot recently with sunflower seeds and so I know about the pre-shelled, salted kind, but if you’re using something else please tell me so I know which to get. Thanks!

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    1. Melissa Post author

      Thanks! I’m not familiar with kefir – I’ll have to look that up. The sunflower seeds were shelled but unsalted. I just got them at the grocery store – nothing fancy!

      Reply
  2. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I love homemade granola, and much like you I like it a little soft in the center and without raisens, although my Hubby is with your sister on this one: the crunchier the better. I love the use of sunflower seeds and mashed banana instead of oil. I threw pine nuts (left over from a batch of pesto) and pumpkin seeds in my last batch. With so many variations, it doesn’t get old.

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  3. Carolyn Galizio

    Thank you baby! I love love love granola, but I haven’t been eating it in a while because of all of the hidden fat. I definitely will make this and eat it on top of my greek yogurt!
    You are the best.

    Reply

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