Vegan Banana Walnut Granola

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Vegan Banana Walnut Granola

I've designed this Vegan Banana Walnut Granola recipe to be considerably under-sweet so it can be relied upon for a nourishing breakfast that will deliver sustained energy. If you prefer your granola more on the sweet side, increase the sugar by 2 to 4 Tablespoons.

As the granola is toasted, the heat brings out the full potential of rich banana-enhancing notes from the cashew butter, banana chips and walnuts. As bananas ripen, their starches convert to fructose which makes them sweeter and more suitable for baking. In fact, whenevery you plan on baking with banana I advise you to always use over-ripe bananas. I usually transfer these over-ripe bananas to a plastic freezer bag and store them in the freezer. When I have enough saved up I use them in things like Banana BreadBanana Walnut Pancakes and this granola. 

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Vegan Banana Walnut Granola Recipe

3 over-ripe bananas
½ cup sugar
6 Tablespoons canola, light olive oil or rice bran oil
½ cup cashew butter
2 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ + ⅛ teaspoon salt

5 cups rolled oats (aka old fashioned)
1 cup wheat germ, wheat bran or oat bran
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup banana chips

Bananas, walnuts and oats

1) Process the flavor building ingredients together

Preheat the oven to 300F (149C). Add the bananas, sugar, canola oil, cashew butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a food processor and process until smooth.

2) Stir the granola together

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, wheat germ, walnuts and banana chips. Add the wet ingredients from Step 1 and thoroughly stir until well combined.

3) Bake the vegan granola to perfection

Place the mixture on a baking sheet and spread it out flat. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the granola starts to dry. If using two baking sheets, switch racks halfway during the baking duration. Remove from the oven and let cool.  

4) Break up the granola

Transfer the granola to a large mixing bowl and break it up into smaller pieces. Store in a covered container at room temperature for up to 2 months or in the freezer for up to 1 year. This recipe makes about 8 cups of Vegan Banana Walnut Granola.

Vegan Banana Walnut Granola

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So good!

So good, I highly recommend!

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Very nice cooking information you have written in your website.

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Thanks for sharing this! I love walnut. This is great!

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Banana walnut granola

Simply delicious! HOWEVER, am dismayed that, given the recent issues with it, you call for "canola" oil in this recipe. I substituted apricot oil on one occasion; grapeswed oil on another n both worked well!!!

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Thanks for your input P. Kraft! I personally believe that non GMO canola oil is fine after reviewing both sides of the controversy. However, due to respecting differing opinions on fats, I'm in the process of adjusting all my recipes to make it clear that other types of oils can be used.

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