Banana Bread Granola (v, gf)

Banana Bread Granola (v, gf)

Brace yourselves, people.

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This granola is SO GOOD and will not last long in your pantry. I made this recipe on accident a few months ago when I had all the necessary ingredients for banana bread, but didn’t have baking powder. So I went ahead and made this granola, but never wrote it down…until now!

This vegan, gluten-free and oil-free granola has the same warmth of banana bread but has the crunch of traditional granola. It’s loaded with whole, plant-based ingredients and would be the perfect snack, breakfast, or garnish for a dessert.

I love how the baked banana gives a natural, caramely flavor. And almond butter paired with maple syrup can only be a good thing.

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Banana Bread Granola

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats (gf if necessary)

1 large ripe banana, mashed

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup almond butter

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds/pepitas

3 dates, chopped (optional)

Method

Preheat oven to 325F. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, cinnamon, salt, optional dates and nuts/seeds of your choice.

In a separate bowl, combine the mashed banana, maple syrup, almond butter and vanilla. Once mixed together, combine with the dry mixture. Press onto a lined baking sheet, flattening the granola as best you can. Bake for 15 min, flip the granola, and then bake again for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

LET IT COOL. This will help it crisp up even more ! Store in an airtight container for up to a week.