Banana Bread Granola with Cacao, Vegan and Gluten-Free

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We’ve all been there, those late-night cravings that just won’t let us sleep. For me, it was a craving for banana bread granola that led to the creation of this banana bread granola recipe. It was during one of those sleepless nights that I found myself in the kitchen, mashing bananas and mixing oats, and the result was nothing short of a revelation.

The best I could throw together at 2am was mashed bananas topped with walnuts. It suppressed the craving for the night, but I woke up the next day to make this recipe!

The Power of Soluble Fiber

This granola is not just delicious, it’s also packed with nutrients. The oats, walnuts, and bananas in this recipe are high in soluble fiber, which is known to help lower cholesterol. Starting your day with a bowl of this granola can be a healthy addition to a heart-healthy diet. It’s a testament to the power of plant-based foods and their ability to improve our health.

I see many patients with elevated cholesterol who easily bring their numbers down by adopting a whole foods diet high in plant-based foods.

A Versatile Banana Bread Granola Recipe

One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. I’ve added cacao nibs for a hint of chocolatey goodness, but you can easily customize it to your liking. Mini-chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, dried blueberries, flax seeds, or hemp seeds would all make wonderful additions.

A Healthy and Delicious Start to Your Day

This Banana Bread Granola with Cacao is more than just a recipe; it’s a testament to the power of plant-based foods and their ability to improve our health. It’s a delicious and nutritious way to start your day, and it’s versatile enough to be customized to your liking. So the next time you find yourself with a late-night craving, why not whip up a batch of this granola? You never know, it might just become your new favorite breakfast.

As a registered dietitian and a devoted mother, my passion lies in promoting health and wellness. With a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, I advocate for a realistic, balanced approach centered around whole foods and plant-based eating, aiming to empower individuals with small, impactful changes for long-lasting well-being instead of restrictive diets.

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Banana Bread Granola with Cacao Recipe

The best recipe for Banana Bread Granola with Cacao
Course Breakfast, Kid food, Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword Banana, cacao nibs, cinnamon, coconut oil, flax meal, granola, maple syrup, old-fashioned oats, pure vanilla extract, sea salt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 664kcal
Cost $


  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cups chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup wheat germ sub flax meal for a Gluten-Free version
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coconut oil or oil of your choice
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mash ripe bananas and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, wheat germ, sea salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a small sauce pan over low heat melt coconut oil, stir in maple syrup and vanilla.
  • Add coconut oil mixture to oats, stir in mashed bananas. Mix until well combined.
  • Evenly spread onto two baking sheets. Cook for 10 minutes, use a spatula to mix granola and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool and stir in cacao nibs.


Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4mg
Cristina C. RD LDN

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