Finally, I am back to writing and blogging, and finally I am bringing you this granola recipe!
It’s been a little hectic over the last few weeks. With Leo in hospital a few weeks ago, life sort of got put on hold, and now I’m having to play catch-up! Anyway, I think I’m getting there, or thereabouts, and hopefully everything will resume as normal soon.
So…granola. It’s why you’re all here, yes?!
This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Granola combines those classic banana bread flavours we all know and love, only putting them into a delicious breakfast-friendly recipe.
Made using over-ripe bananas, oats, nut butter, ground walnuts, cinnamon and a few other delicious ingredients, it’s a wholesome, delicious way to enjoy granola. And it’s kid-approved, too (the boys have eaten this for their breakfast every day for a week). I mean, let’s face it, can anyone say no to a bowl of chunky, crunchy granola in the morning?
I thought not 😉
Anyway, onto the ingredients…
I’m a huge fan of using fruits or vegetables in granola recipes. While it may sound weird, hear me out! Using banana puree in this recipe is a great way to reduce the amount of oil used, while still making it clump together. In other granola recipes, I use sweet potato (such as in this gingerbread granola), which also works perfectly – and I promise you can’t taste it!
The arrowroot is another of my secret weapons to help granola stick and clump together. Yet, while the recipe may look complicated (i.e long!), I promise that it’s super simple – it’s all melt, stir, cook and go.
Of course, the beauty in making granola is that you can make it up in huge batches on a Sunday, ready to enjoy for breakfast the rest of the week. Sunday meal prep is how we roll at the weekend!
Anyway, what you add to this granola is entirely your choice, but I always love chocolate chunks in my banana bread and peanut butter, so they are the other main ingredients!
Simply pour over milk, add spoonfuls of yoghurt, scatter over some fruit, and you have yourself a perfect, fast breakfast. Or, if you’re like me, simply grab it by the handful and devour while you cook for your family…!
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Granola
- Serves 6
- For the dry ingredients –
- 3 1/2 cups oats (I actually used 2 cups oats and 1 1/2 cups tigernut flakes)
- 1/2 cup ground walnuts
- 1 cup nuts of choice, chopped (I used pecans and walnuts)
- 2 tbsp arrowroot
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon (or more, to taste)
- Large pinch salt
- For the wet ingredients –
- 2 very ripe bananas, peeled
- 4 tbsp butter or coconut oil
- 4-5 tbsp brown rice syrup, honey or maple syrup
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tsp vanilla paste
- Dried fruit and one cup dark chocolate chips, to serve
Pre-heat your oven to 160C and line two baking trays.
Stir together your dry ingredients in a large bowl, then set aside.
In a saucepan on a low heat, melt together the butter, brown rice syrup and peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat, then stir through the vanilla. Place in a blender with the banana and blitz smooth.
Stir your dry ingredients together with your wet, until the mixture starts to stick and clump together. It IS a wet mixture, which means that this will be crunchy clusters of granola. However, feel free to add more oats if it’s too wet for you!
Form into clusters, then lay the granola on your baking trays and place in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes, or until becoming golden. Turn the oven up to 180C and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the granola becomes crisper.
Turn the oven off, then leave the granola inside the oven, door open, for half an hour (this will allow your granola to crisp even more). Remove from the oven, then allow to cool.
Once cool, stir through dried fruit of choice and chocolate chips. Place in airtight containers until ready to eat. Serve as a snack, with yoghurt or milk.