Free of oats and grains, this healthy Banana Granola recipe is packed with whole, real foods. Filled with texture and a lovely mild banana flavor. (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free)
Granola is as easy and fun to make at home as banana muffins, and it's a snack that the whole family enjoys. If you make it yourself, you can control what goes in it and you can make it exactly to your taste.
In today's recipe, I teach you how to make my family's favorite granola. It's made using raw cashews and seeds, and it's coated in a delicious banana puree with hints of vanilla and cinnamon.
The texture is crunchy, crispy, and slightly chewy at the same time. It has a mild banana flavor and it's not too sweet.
Most store bought granolas are way too sweet for me, so I make my granola just sweet enough for my taste. Feel free to adjust the recipe and make it as sweet as you like.
As I mentioned, this granola is free of grains. It's also gluten-free, low in carbs, and free of refined oils and sugars.
My favorite way to enjoy it is sprinkled over my strawberry banana milkshake, mango smoothie or in my traditional Brazilian acai bowl. It's also great sprinkled over ice cream, yogurt, and even salads.
Chop it as small as you like, or leave a few larger clusters like I do. It's a delicious snack!
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Banana Granola (Oat Free Granola!) (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free)
- 1 cup (378g) banana puree, (3 small bananas mashed)
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon ground vanilla bean powder, or the seeds of a vanilla bean
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon fine Himalayan salt
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ⅓ cup unrefined coconut sugar
- 6 to 8 large Medjool dates, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 17x11-inch cookie sheet with parchment paper, making sure the paper coves the edges of the pan also.
- In an bowl, mix together the banana puree, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
- Coarsely chop the cashews, pumpkin and sunflower seeds using a knife or a food processor. I use my food processor, and I prefer to chop the cashews and seeds individually.
- Place the chopped cashews and seeds in a large bowl, and mix in the shredded coconut, chia seeds, coconut sugar and dates. Then, add the banana mixture and mix until everything is well combined.
- Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and let it bake for another 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn't burn.
- Set pan on a cooling rack for 5 minutes, then chop the granola into pieces as large or as little as you prefer.