aaaah it’s ALMOST the weekend, so let’s celebrate thursday with something extra yummy. how about, Cozy Banana Bread Granola! it’s legit a hybrid of banana bread and granola, ya know, the best of both worlds.
ok, this is a masterpiece, i have to say…just a humble brag over here but once you try, i can confidently say you will agree!!
the texture and taste are just so on point. now, this isn’t going to be your average super hard granola ok, just letting ya know! it’s called Cozy Banana Bread Granola for a reason.
while the outside is definitely on the harder/crispy side, when you bite into the granola, you get somewhat of that classic banana bread texture, so it’s softer. just divine!
there’s a few key steps to achieving this particular taste and texture. let’s start with the texture!
so, what you’re going to do for the wet ingredients is blend them all in a blender until a smooth consistency forms. that would be the very ripe bananas, maple syrup and coconut oil.
as for the dry ingredients, the oats and nuts, you mix them in a bowl and then transfer 3/4 of the mixture to a food processor and pulse for about 5 seconds.
don’t worry about being super exact! even if it’s a little less than 3/4 of the mixture, no worries, the granola will still turn out fine!
then you combine the pulsed portion of the granola with the whole pieces of oats and nuts and mix everything together.
after that, you can pour the wet mixture on top, blend well to make sure everything is evenly coated, and then you’re ready to transfer the granola to a baking tray.
it’s easy trust me! just a few steps that you don’t want to miss to get yours to turn out exactly like mine!
the cinnamon is there to elevate the flavor, not overpower the banana! that’s why i only use 1/2 tsp.
here’s what you’re going to need!
- VERY ripe bananas
- melted coconut oil
- maple syrup
- old fashioned oats
- raw cashew pieces (whole is fine but might have to pulse more to break up)
- raw pecan pieces (whole is fine but might have to pulse more to break up)
disclaimer: i have NOT tried this BUT you may be able to get away with substituting bananas with applesauce. if you can’t have bananas or don’t like them, it might be worth a try but at your own risk lol.
if you do try, plz let me know if you like it! sounds good, that’s for sure.
the granola will be nice and sticky, so you will just want to pack it tightly on a parchment paper lined baking tray.
that’s important so clusters form! something else that is reeeeeally important is the cooling process. be sure to let the granola cool down for 30 minutes before you break it apart!
trust me, it’s hard not to eat it fresh out of the oven but believe me, those clusters are worth it haha.
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Cozy Banana Bread GranolaCourse: Breakfast, Snacks, SweetDifficulty: Easy
1 and 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup raw cashews
3/4 cup raw pecan pieces
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 medium size very ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
- chocolate chips to add at the end after the granola cools down if you would like!
- preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- mix the oats and nuts together in a large mixing bowl. then, add 3/4 of the mixture to a food processor and pulse for about 5 seconds. this should break apart most of the nuts and oats, but some will still be whole, which is totally fine!
- add the pulsed portion back to the other 1/4 and mix well.
- for the wet ingredients, blend the banana, melted coconut oil and maple syrup in a blender until a thick and smooth consistency forms.
- pour over the oats and nuts and then you can add the cinnamon too. mix thoroughly so everything is evenly coated.
- transfer to a parchment lined baking tray and make sure the granola is compact. you want it to look like one large rectangle to form the clusters. it should be about 1/3 inch thick.
- bake for 25 minutes at 325 degrees and then let the granola cool at least 30 minutes. break apart into clusters and enjoy! i store mine in the fridge in an airtight container.