Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola with Walnuts and Flax | MINIMALISTBAKER.COM #healthy #vegan #glutenfreeIf you want your house to smell like banana bread without actually baking banana bread, make this granola.

BananasThis granola is pretty rad, and provides yet another way to use up overripe bananas; serious score in my book.

Banana Bread Granola IngredientsThe ingredients you need are likely in your pantry RIGHT THIS SECOND. WHOA. EVEN, the wet ingredients: Coconut oil, agave nectar or maple syrup, vanilla extract and a big ol’ ripe banana.

Banana Bread Granola Wet Ingredients

Banana Bread Granola! #vegan #glutenfreeLook how friggin’ good that looks; and it’s not even baked! Hubba hubba.

Banana Bread Granola! via MINIMALISTBAKER.COMTa-da! Banana bread granola. So delicious + VEGAN & Gluten Free! It’s

Not too sweet
Super fragrant
Tastes JUST like banana bread
& Is loaded with healthy fats, Omega-3s & 6s, protein and fiber

Plus, it takes about 30 minutes start to finish and is the perfect breakfast or on-the-go snack.

Vegan Banana Bread Branola |

30-Minute Banana Bread GranolaJohn loves his granola over yogurt. I prefer mine straight up with almond milk (or straight outta the jar #fistfulls). But it also makes the perfect topping for smoothies, creamy oats, frozen yogurt, and ice cream.

Banana Granola Recipe

30 Minute Banana Bread Granola! via MINIMALISTBAKER.COMIf you aren’t a banana fan, sub sweet potato, pumpkin or even beet puree! (Hello hot pink granola! That’s my jam.)


Banana Bread Granola | A great way to use up ripe bananas and ALWAYS have homemade granola on hand | MINIMALISTBAKER.COM

BANANA BREAD GRANOLA | 30 minutes, super healthy and tastes JUST like banana bread |

Banana Bread Granola! | healthy, delicious and easy |

5.0 from 25 reviews

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30-minute vegan granola that tastes JUST like banana bread and is loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats and omega-3s and 6s.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Optional
Serves: 12

  • 3 cups rolled oats (GF for gluten free eaters)
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3 Tbsp raw sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp flax seed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp maple syrup, agave or honey if not vegan
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed (~1/2 cup)

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix the oats, cinnamon, sugar, salt, flaxseed and nuts together in a large bowl (see photo).
  3. In a small saucepan over medium low heat, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup (or agave or honey) and vanilla extract. Once liquidy, remove from heat and whisk in banana puree until well combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly onto one or two baking sheets (making sure it doesn’t get crowded) and bake for 23-28 minutes or until golden brown. The coconut oil will help it crisp up well, but be sure to watch it carefully as it can brown quickly.
  5. NOTE: If you don’t toss the granola while baking, it will make get clumpy, which I personally love. But if you want a more crumbly granola, toss/stir a bit at the halfway point to break up the clumps.
  6. Once the granola is visibly browned, remove from the oven and toss just a bit to let the heat escape. Cool completely on the baking sheet or in a heat-safe bowl. Store in a container or jar with an air-tight seal – it should keep for a couple weeks.

* Yields approximately 12 half cup servings.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/2 cup Calories: 249 Fat: 13 g Saturated fat: 4.7 h Carbohydrates: 38 g Sugar: 12 g Sodium: 80 mg Fiber: 3.7 g Protein: 5.3 g

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  1. Melanie says

    Took this out of the oven about an hour ago and OH MY WORD it’s delicious!! So glad I found this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  2. says

    How funny, I also posted a (simplified, lower sugar) recipe for Banana Nut Granola last week after discovering Green Kitchen Stories’ version from a few years ago. Our kitchens must have been filled with the same amazing baking banana bread scent at the same time. ;)

  3. Laura says

    This recipe is AMAZING!!!! I loved the smell as it was in the oven. I have passed this recipe on to everone I know. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Pradnya says

    Hi, Dana. Tried your 5-ingredient healthy granola bar and absolutely loved it!

    This sounds very exciting too, and am itching to try it. I would like to make bars even with this though; they would make for a convenient snack. Any idea how that may be possible?

    I was thinking of notching up the honey slightly so the mixture would still hold together.

    Hooked to your blog btw. It is seriously delicious. The recipes are exciting and the photos, delectable.

  5. Natalie says

    I just recently found your blog and have been swooning over recipes! This was amazing granola and we inhaled the batch at a morning meeting. Thank you for amazing recipes and I look forward to trying many more. Absolutely delicious!

  6. Holly says

    Just made this recipe, still have the great smell throughout my house! Absolutely delicious! I did though substitute almonds for the pecans because I didn’t have any pecans on hand, and it totally works! So if anyone wants to switch up the recipe a little bit, try some almonds for sure.

  7. says

    Seriously- BLOWN AWAY by how amazing this turned out!! I am a week overdue waiting for baby to be born. I was having contractions all night that were keeping me up. Finally at 6 am I rolled out of bed. And what else should one due after a sleepless night then make their way to the kitchen to whip up something yummy and special for breakie?! Long story short, I made this granola and it made my day! I’ve been enjoying it with coconut yogurt and fresh strawberries. Already gearing up to make batch #2! Thank you for the amazing recipe!!!

  8. says

    I made this recipe last night and I’m about to have it for breakfast. I’m sooooo excited! It smells amazing and tastes even better! You have no idea how excited I am to be cooking so much right now, this blog is such an inspiration!

  9. pedro brandao says

    hey! is it ok to substitute the coconut oil for olive oil?
    it will change the taste too much?

  10. Miriam O. says

    Absolutely in love with this website! Its so perfect and simple, I’m all for easy, short recipes! Plus they’re delicious! I just made this and i’m waiting for the second batch to be done! I’m so excited for breakfast tomorrow!

  11. Nicole says

    I love this recipe! The smell is intoxicating! I added freeze dried strawberries from Trader Joe’s to end product and it tastes amazing in a bowl with almond milk. Thank you!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Right? It takes over your entire house with yummy banana bread smells. So yum! Thanks for sharing, Nicole.

  12. Veronika M says

    Since coming across your website I’ve made this AMAZING granola at least 3 times. The aroma, the flavor oh so divine! My family and friends have thoroughly enjoyed this recipe, so thank you.

  13. Janine says

    I have made this 5 or 6 times and each time change it a little…. With or without the banana, plus dried fruit ( dates, apricots, cranberries…) plus flaked almond, macadamias, pecans. Best addition though is shredded coconut. I have also used golden syrup when I didn’t have enough maple syrup and that worked too.

    Basically this recipe with whatever I can use from my pantry and the kids (4 and 15 months) and hubby love it every time.

    Thank you. I love love love an adaptable recipe to reduce any waste from the pantry. Also great to know what’s in our breakfast cereal. What a great start to the day.
    Thanks again

    • Dana Shultz says

      So great to hear! Thanks for sharing your modifications, Janine. That’s so helpful for other readers. Glad you’re enjoying this recipe so much! Cheers!

  14. Grace says

    This recipe was delicious! One of the best granola recipes I have tried. I used brown sugar instead of raw sugar and it turned out perfect! Thank you!

  15. says

    So I watched Jude (Kim & David’s little guy) and she made me this granola as a thank you…so now I want MORE and here I am! Thanks you clever friends! :)

    • Dana Shultz says

      Ha! Such a great exchange! Thanks for sharing, Megan. We’ll be in Portland this summer so we’ll have to connect!

  16. says

    Found this amazing recipe on Pinterest today…. In the oven as we speak! Smells like heaven. Planning on topping my favorite nice-cream tonight and blog about it tomorrow. Of course I will be giving a link to your lovely site. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. Jessica says

    I made this granola the other night – it tastes amazing, I love the little bit of salt. I tossed shaved coconut in during the last 5 minutes and added banana chips right after it can out of the oven. Tonight I ate a big bowl with homemade vanilla cinnamom almond milk. The perfect pair, I could have eaten the whole batch!

  18. caitlin says

    I subbed the banana with pumpkin puree since we were out of fresh bananas and ohmygosh I LOVE IT. I couldn’t resist not eating it so now there’s probably only half left, oops! thanks so much for the recipe!

  19. Jennifer says

    I have some in the oven right now…smells really good…I also added hemp hearts for added protein and used organic coconut sugar! Hopefully it tastes as good as it smells!

  20. says

    I’ve been looking for a new flavour of granola to try, getting a bit bored of my Maple Almond lol. And I love that this doesn’t have dried fruit! I have a surplus of bananas at the moment, just about to head into the kitchen to make this! :-D

  21. says

    This is the best looking and sounding granola, I have come across. I think even hubby would like this and he uses frowns on granola. Let’s see if I can thank you for working miracles on him.

  22. Annika says

    Soooo yummy! I feel like I could just mix a bit more flax or banana or something in it and it’d be a gigantic cookie, almost wanted to eat the mix raw!! I wonder if you could adapt these into breakfast cookies? I also added dates and raisins because I love dates in my granola ^^
    Love you blog by the way, really makes me laugh and inspires me ^^ You’ve got me wanting to make a food blog myself *^^*

  23. Irene says

    This is a wonderful recipe! I also added some ch-ch-ch chia seeds as well. I am excited to try your other recipes :)

  24. says

    this recipe is great! just made it this morning to go with my greek yogurt. I also mixed in some chocolate chips since I like chocolate chip banana bread :)


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