Granola is one of those foods that seems to have a ‘health halo’ around it. It's generally regarded as a healthy food, without much question.
But, like other foods sporting a ‘health halo,’ granola isn’t always the healthy choice it’s cracked up to be. While we're all about treating yo' self, we think it's important to know when you're making a healthy choice, and when you're being tricked by marketing.
The truth is that granola is usually made up mostly of cheap filler ingredients like canola oil and cane sugar. In fact, one serving of the average store bought granola clocks in at about 7 grams of added sugar per serving, which measures out to approximately ¼ cup or 4 tablespoons.
I mean, have you ever eaten just 4 tablespoons of granola?!
Since we love granola, we decided to make a super delicious version with ZERO added sugar, not even maple syrup. Instead, we've opted to sweeten this granola with one simple, natural ingredient: banana!
But don't worry. Even though we've skipped the added sugar, it doesn't feel or taste like it's missing anything at all. I mean, just LOOK at those clusters!
So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch (or two) of our insanely delicious Banana Coconut Granola and enjoy the sweet, crunchy, whole grain goodness all week long.
Before we get to the recipe, here are some delicious ways you can integrate it into your meal plan throughout the week!
1. Granola & Almond Milk
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance breakfast, serve some granola with ice-cold almond milk and banana slices. It’s easy enough for busy weekday meals, but also indulgent enough for a weekend brunch spread.
Learn how to make your own almond milk here.
2. Granola & Yogurt Parfait with Berries
Need a high-protein snack? Try topping Greek yogurt with crunchy granola along with fresh berries.
If dairy isn’t your thing, go ahead and use a plant-based yogurt, like coconut. The granola itself has about 10 grams of protein per serving, so you’re not missing out.
3. Granola Mason Jars to Go
When you’re on-the-go, just layer your favourite parfait ingredients into mason jars for a portable breakfast, snack, or even lunch (we’re not judging).
4. Alone as a Crunchy Snack
When life gets busy, just keep it simple. Throw some dry granola into a container or jar, then into your purse or backpack it goes. It makes an awesome pre or post workout snack!
Banana Coconut Granola
Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
- 2 cups oats (rolled or old-fashioned)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ripe banana (mashed)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- Preheat oven to 300F.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and sea salt.
- Pour the mashed banana and coconut oil into the bowl with the oat mixture. Use a spoon to stir until all is very well combined. The mixture should be evenly coated.
- Spread mixture in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Press down slightly and place in oven.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes, checking and tossing every 15 minutes. Break up large clusters if necessary. Once the granola is evenly browned and no longer feels damp, remove from oven. As it cools it will crisp up even more, so do not over-bake.
- Once cooled, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, or store in the freezer for a few months.
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