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Granola is something that most people probably consider a health food, and it can be. The problem is that most granola sold in a grocery store is filled with tons of sugar and oil. Since trying to cut oil out of my diet, I have yet to find a granola without oil in it. So I turned to the internet to try to find a healthy recipe, but most of the recipes that I found online contained oil in it also. I decided that I just needed to come up with own granola recipe.
Of course, my first granola recipe had to include bananas because please find me one vegan who doesn’t love bananas. This Banana Bread Granola is good for you and tastes amazing. If you like banana bread and you like granola then you will love this Banana Bread Granola. The only downside to it is that it is incredibly addicting. I kept on finding myself reaching into my panty to eat this stuff by the handfuls. The best part of this granola is that it is oil-free and only contains good sugars such as coconut sugar and maple syrup. That’s a double win in my book!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ½ tbsp. cinnamon
- 1½ tbsp. coconut sugar
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- ½ cup chopped mixed nuts
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix the oats, cinnamon, coconut sugar, sea salt, chia seeds and nuts together in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan over medium low heat, warm the maple syrup and vanilla bean paste. Once warm, remove from heat and whisk in banana puree until well combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Spread the mixture evenly onto one baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once the granola is visibly browned, remove from the oven and lightly toss with a fork to let the heat escape. Cool completely on the baking sheet.