Chocolate Banana Bread Granola (Oil-Free, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Decadent and indulgent- the two words that come to mind when eating this delightful chocolate banana bread granola. Crunchy banana granola clusters, chewy raisins, and sweet mulberries are balanced with the bitter sweetness of cacao nibs. Served with warm oat milk, the flavors combine to taste like a guilty chocolate chip banana bread 😊
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
What (your ingredients):
3 very ripe bananas
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups quinoa flakes (If you cannot find quinoa flakes at your health foods store, sub with 2 cups of rolled oats)
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup cacao nibs
¼ cup mulberries
1/3 cup raisins
How (your directions):
Preheat oven to 400 °F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Hint: the silicone mat or parchment paper is crucial for preventing the granola from sticking to the baking sheet, as this recipe is oil-free.
In a blender, add bananas, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves), vanilla extract, and salt. Blend until smooth.
In a large bowl, combine oats and quinoa flakes. Pour banana spice mixture over oats and quinoa flakes and stir until well combined.
Pour mixture onto baking sheet and press firmly into an even layer. This will allow the granola to form those desirable clusters!
Bake for 10 minutes, then stir and flip granola gently, allowing clusters to remain intact.
Bake for an additional 10 minutes, and stir. Repeat once more until the granola has baked a total of 30 minutes and is golden brown.
While the granola is warm, stir in remain ingredients (pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, mulberries, and raisins).
Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
Enjoy with warmed oat milk for a cozy and energizing breakfast!
Why (the science): Cacao nibs are rich in magnesium, which can help improve mood, focus, and energy- the perfect reason to enjoy this sugarless chocolate chip as part of your morning breakfast ritual!