Banana Nut Bread Granola*

Banana Nut Bread Granola - a great way new way to use up an over ripe banana! Recipe via www.thenovicechefblog.com

In our old rental house, my office/photo room was all the way upstairs. It probably doesn’t sound like a big deal to you, but that actually meant I had to drag everything up stairs whenever I wanted to photograph it. I cursed so much going up those stairs, with hot pans, that I am pretty sure I came up with new curse words.

As you all know, since it is all I can talk about, we moved last weekend. And my new office/photo room/prop room is literally right off the kitchen. There is a big french door that leads right from my kitchen into where I photograph food. It is spectacular and makes me excited again to be photographing! Not only do I not have to load myself up like a pack mule and climb the stairs with food and props in my hands, but it also gets glorious afternoon lighting.

The new kitchen and new office have totally re-energized me about cooking again. I was feeling a little BLAH in the old house. I am sure you all noticed, my recipes just weren’t up to par anymore lately. But don’t worry, I am so pumped to start breaking out new recipes now! :-)

Banana Nut Bread Granola - a great way new way to use up an over ripe banana! Recipe via www.thenovicechefblog.com

I have had this idea for Banana Nut Bread Granola for some time now. It was jotted down in the notebook where I keep ideas for later…and I kept forgetting to try it out. I knew it was meant to be when I saw I had some bananas that weren’t looking so hot anymore. This recipe is the perfect way to use up a banana that has gotten a little too mushy to eat on it’s own.

Sure you could make actual banana bread (or this Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread!!), but I sometimes get tired of making banana bread. As we have talked about before, Jorge eats A LOT of bananas…and we always have one or two that fall through the cracks.

If you haven’t made granola before, please don’t be scared. You know how people say “It’s as easy as Pie!”. Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t actually think pie is easy. Pie is a bitch…and a ton of things can go wrong. The saying should be: “It’s as easy as Granola!”, because granola is super easy.

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Banana Nut Bread Granola

Yield: 2 heaping cups granola

This granola is absolutely delicious and uses maple syrup instead of sugar. It is perfect on top of some vanilla greek yogurt in the morning...or for a snack straight out of the bag.

Ingredients:

1 large over ripe banana, mashed
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups old fashioned oats (also sometimes known as rolled oats)
1/2 cup roughly chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, or pecans)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, butter, vanilla extract and maple syrup. I do this with a fork, just making sure I completely mashed the banana.

Fold in oats and nuts, stirring until well combined. You want to make sure the liquids are evenly distributed. Spread mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring half way through baking, or until it turns slightly golden in color. You won't notice a huge color change, but it will darken slightly.

Allow to cool completely at room temperature. It will harden up as it cools. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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12 Responses to “Banana Nut Bread Granola”

  1. 1

    Wendy — May 18, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

    Please consider doing a post on your photography setup — how you do the lighting, etc.

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    Christine from Cook the Story — May 19, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    bananas and nuts will always be a delicious combo! I need to try this soon!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 19, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    Such a classic flavour. Love this!

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    DessertForTwo — May 19, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Yay! Yay for a new photo studio, yay for a GORGEOUS new house, and yay for pops of coral. Your house is my dream house!

    My old house had a photo room right off the kitchen, but now? Now I climb stairs. I feel your pain. And I raise you one set of burns on my forearm from bumping hot pans against stairways. So glad you’re not doing this anymore!

    Hey, did you know the Austin Food Blogger Alliance is doing a conference this year? It’s called Byte of Texas. I could fwd you the email if you want. It’s end of September. Is that too close to your due date? probably. hmm. Let me know though :)

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — May 19, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    These would be great on the go for work or school. I would love to see your new studio and set up!

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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — May 19, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    This is awesome! I would love to make my very own banana granola like I get from Trader Joe’s this is just the recipe I needed!

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    Pam — May 19, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    I just happen to have some over ripe bananas this morning so I will be making your wonderful looking granola today :-) Thank you for the kick in the backdide as i never attempted granola before….and yes, pie is not an easy item to make but ohh ohh ohh when a fresh fruit pie comes from the oven what could be better? :-) i am so happy for you and your lovely new home with your studio so handy now. And best wishes on the up-coming new arrival this Fall. I love your blog kiddo! :-) keep those gorgious photos and recipes coming our way.

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    Cookbook Queen — May 19, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    Girl, this is too fabulous. And yay for an office off the kitchen!!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 19, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    Congratulations on your new home, Jessica and Jorge! So happy for you, and that you’re so close to meeting your girls! :D This banana bread granola with yogurt would totally hit the spot for a lazy weekend breakfast. Perfectly easy to whip up after a stressful move!

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    Joanne — May 21, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    Nothing like a new photography space to get you reinvigorated! How exciting! Although, to be honest, I never noticed any such decline in your recipes. :P

    I do want to shove my face in this granola. Big time.

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    Nicole — May 21, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    I made this the other day & it is awesome. So easy & I threw in whatever nuts I had in my cupboard. I also used coconut oil instead of butter. I love making granola!

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    Mollie @Sprinkles of Life — May 30, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    My photo/blogging room is french doors off the kitchen/living room too! I just haven’t set it up how I want it yet. Something else I still need to cross off the list at the new house!

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