I woke up in a granola state of mind and decided to throw together this peanut butter and banana granola with just a hint of coconut. I love making homemade granola. It can be as basic or sumptuous as your pantry dictates and you get to control the ingredients and the amounts which are endless! The only two absolutes for me is the oats and honey.
I like the basic granola mix of six parts dry to one part wet. You can substitute any of the dry ingredients with the except of the oats. It works best if half of your dry ingredients are oats. For example, this recipe consists of six cups of dry ingredients. Of those six cups, three of them are oats. The peanut butter, honey, and bananas make up the one part wet. For more information on the perfect granola ratio see “How to Make Granola Without a Recipe” at epicurious.com
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
Add 3 cups old-fashioned oats to a large bowl. Add 1 cup pecans (or any other nut), 1/2 cup coconut flakes, 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Using a mallet crush 1 cup banana chips and add to the oat mixture. Mix well.
Melt 6 tablespoons butter, 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, and 1/4 cup honey in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring 2 to 4 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup mashed banana, about one medium-sized banana, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Add to oat mixture and stir until combined.
Spread granola onto prepared baking sheets.
Bake in a 325°F. preheated oven on center rack. Bake until golden brown, about 25 to 27 minutes.
Let cool. Break granola into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Do you have a favorite granola mix? I would love to try it! Please share it in the comment section. – Ella
Peanut Butter & Banana Granola
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup banana chips, lightly crushed
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla