Versatile, nutrient-packed granola (gluten-free, nut-free option, vegan) that you can customize to your desired flavors and mix-ins and sweetness level! Note: Banana serves as a binder to help the granola form clusters, but if you don’t like the flavor and prefer to omit, you can double the amount of nut butter listed, or substitute banana with 2 Tbsp of coconut oil. —michelleeatswell
large banana, mashed
nut butter or seed butter (I used sunflower seed butter)
maple syrup (adjust to your sweetness preference)
1 1/2 cups
Customizable Mix-Ins (use what you have or prefer!)
ground flax seeds
goji berries or other dried fruit (small pieces)
In a medium mixing bowl, mash the banana and stir with the nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth.
In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (including mix-ins). To help make the dried fruit stickier to the granola, blanch them quickly in warm water and then drain the liquid before adding the dried fruit with the other mix-ins.
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to evenly coat.
Spread the granola as a thin layer onto a baking sheet. For more clustered granola, pack the granola closer together. Bake for ~25-30 minutes until golden.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. The granola will become crisper as it cools. Break apart the pieces into desired size. If the granola seems soft, place the baking sheet back into the (turned off) oven and let it sit there for a bit longer (but mark a timer! don’t forget about it).
Store in an airtight container in the fridge, which will last a few weeks. Can also be frozen to last even longer.