I would like to start this post with a question to all of my listeners: what do you do when you only have one ripe banana?
This happens to me every time I buy bananas, and usually I just make my regular oatmeal (favorite thing ever). But today I thought I would shake things up a bit by making granola.
I seriously cannot believe I didn't think of this sooner! I mean, I love making homemade granola almost as much as I like making different variations of banana bread. Combining these together almost seems too obvious.
But clearly it wasn't, because it took me a while to think about it. Banana bread and granola sound like they'd go well together, don't you think?
But can we talk about the banana and pecan combo? I became a huge banana and nut fan when I worked at Tim Hortons in my teenage years that I began combining everything nut-like with bananas ever since.
And while I know pecans are not technically a nut, I am still loving the nice toasty flavor this gives to complement the sweetness of the banana. And the coconut oil! That may be the best part of this granola! It makes your house smell ah-mazing AND gives your granola a slight hint of coconut.
You might be surprised to hear that I made this granola early in the AM. I'm talking like at 8 AM. I just had a huge craving for granola, and I had none in my house. What is a granola addict to do but make her own?
Unfortunately for my boyfriend, the smoke alarm went off when the granola was done. For some reason, every time I open the oven even though NOTHING is burning the smoke detector goes off. Or maybe it was a good thing that it woke him up. Then he could enjoy this granola when it's fresh.
I think this will be my breakfast for the next month!
Banana Bread Granola
What you'll need
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pecans, salt, cinnamon and chia seeds.
- In a small saucepan over medium low heat, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Once liquidy, remove from the heat and whisk in banana and mix until fully combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Spread the mixture evenly onto one or two baking sheets and bake in the preheated oven for 23-28 minutes.
- If you want a less clumpy granola, toss when the granola is halfway done.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container.