A ripe banana goes to good use by minimizing the amount of sweetener added to this granola recipe. For those that love a clumpy granola and lots of fun textures to chew on, this healthy pecan and coconut-studded Banana Nut Granola is for you!

Clumpy Banana Nut Granola [Vegan]

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned large flake oats
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • A pinch of ground pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup, or to taste
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
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Preparation

  1.  Preheat oven to 300⁰F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients, excluding the coconut chips.
  3.  In a small mixing bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Then add to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Spread granola mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and press into an even layer, about ½ inch thick.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Add the coconut chips on top, gently fold in with the partially baked granola, flatten into a conjoint layer and continue to bake for another 20 to 25 minutes, or until granola is browned to your liking.
  6. Once out of the oven, do not mix and let cool completely before transferring to an airtight jar.
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