Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Chip Granola
This Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Chip Granola is made in one bowl with healthy, wholesome ingredients. It’s vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and refined sugar-free!
Um, you guys…did you notice anything in particular about this granola?
Like, hmmm, gee, I don’t know, maybe the ginormous CLUSTERS staring you in the face?
Ya…it might just be the most clustery granola EVER.
And yes, clustery is a word.
If you’re like me and you love big ‘ol crunchy clusters then you’re going to go crazy for this recipe.
Especially because it’s made with healthy wholesome ingredients like whole grain oats, bananas, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup and dark chocolate chips.
But the best part is that you only have to dirty one bowl to make it.
The bananas are mashed with maple syrup and peanut butter and then you just stir everything else in, except the chocolate because we don’t want that to melt.
After that you spread that goodness on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pop it in the oven for an hour until it’s a nice golden brown color.
Meanwhile it infuses your home with the most heavenly banana nut smell…mmm.
Then once it cools, you add the chocolate chips and you’re done!
Now all you have to do is resist stuffing the whole bowl in your face at once. ;)
Side note: I know that an hour seems like a long time to let the granola cook but in order to get a crunchy texture, it needs a while to dry out the moisture from the banana, maple and peanut butter mixture. But you can always cook it less if you’re short on time and don’t mind slightly softer clusters.
Also, feel free to substitute whatever kind of nut butter, seeds, or nuts you prefer. Almond butter and almonds or cashew butter and cashews would be delicious!
My personal favorite way to eat it is in a cup of vanilla yogurt and Silk recently came out with a dairy-free alternative that’s incredibly tasty.
Trust me, I’ve tried more than a handful of dairy-free yogurts and this one has had the best texture and flavor to date.
I wish it was a little lower in sugar but it does have 6 grams of protein per serving and it’s also gluten-free.
If you’re interested in trying it out, you can find out more and get a coupon by clicking here.
Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Chip Granola
Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- 4 cups rolled oats*
- 2 medium-size ripe bananas (approx. 1 cup mashed)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 275°F then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, use a fork to mash together the banana with the peanut butter, maple syrup and salt, until smooth. It’s okay if there are a few small bits of banana, just try to get it as smooth as you can.
Next add the oats, pumpkin seeds and peanuts (or whatever seeds/nuts you prefer) to the bowl and stir everything together. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and separate it with your hands. The chunks, or clusters, will stay whatever size you make them at this point so feel free to form bigger or smaller pieces with your hands, as preferred.
Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 60 minutes, stirring the granola half way through. Baking it for 60 minutes should result in a nice, crunchy texture but cooking it longer results in less of a peanut flavor. So if you rather have a less crunchy granola with more peanut flavor, then feel free to cook it for a shorter period of time.
Allow to the granola to cool for about 20 minutes then transfer to a large bowl or container for storing. Stir in the chocolate chips and serve immediately or store for later. It will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
*be sure to use certified gluten-free oats for allergies
**feel free to substitute whatever nut butter, seeds, and nuts you prefer
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Umm.. this sounds amazing. Banana’s, PB, granola! It is the perfect combo. And, I love that this recipe doesn’t have a million crazy ingredients that cost a fortune and I use only once… to make granola. Everything in this, I have in my house! I love it.
MMM…I’m a fan of big clusters, too! They’re the best! We’re having 3 guests stay with us for a week coming up. I might have to make them this granola for breakfast!
You always have something fun on the agenda, don’t you?! ;)
Clumpy, clustery granola is MY FAVE :) Love the classic pb, banana, and chocolate flavor!
Those clustersssss!!! I definitely like the big clumps in my granola! Looks fantastic! I’ll have to check out that yogurt … I can still eat dairy but have had to cut wayyy back on it over the last few months. And I really miss yogurt for snacking!!
No doubt this is yummy, love the ingredients
I probably shouldn’t check your blog when I’ve just finished a run and I’m starving because I NEED TO MAKE THIS now!! Clustery most definitely is a word and I agree that the clusters are what makes granola so great! Pinning this to try!
This is impossible not to like–just look at those ingredients! Plus, CHUNKS. errr um…clusters. Whatever–so good. Oh and dairy free yogurt is the ONLY kind of yogurt I’ll eat because I honestly prefer the taste way better. YAY.
Clustery….what a dreamy word to go with this dreamy granola. I’m a sucker for anything chocolately but then you went and added peanut butter–I WANT THE WHOLE JARRRRR.
Holy moly I need this in my life. Bananas + PB + Chocolate Chips + Oatmeal = My favorite things! And yes, the clusters made my heart swoon.
The more clusters the better! That is the best part of granola! I love the pumpkin seed addition in here ;)
I’m so glad we agree on the necessity for big clusters. :)
Oh so clustery, amazing!! And oil-free!?
Did you buy a white granite slab for photos, or is that your lovely counter? Looking for photo backdrops — suggestions!?
Ha! I wish it was my counter. ;) It’s a pastry slab from Crate & Barrel!
Delicious, Sarah! Love the banana in there too, and it works without oil! Hooray! I couldn’t agree more. Low and slow makes those clusters happen and they’re oh so crunchy! And we all want clustery, crunchy granola, right? Looking forward to this one my dear!
omgoodness i am dying – this looks SO good. The first thing i NOTICED was those chunks. Love that all the ingredients are wholesome and easy to come by. Definitely going to make this this weekend :)
Oh my gosh, YES. This looks so good! I froze my ripe bananas yesterday and now I’m regretting it. Clustery granola is where it’s at.
This is my dream granola, Sarah! Peanut butter, chocolate, banana…it’s like a cookie but still healthy. I can’t wait to try this out!
Clustery is TOTALLY a word… or at least it needs to be a word in the food blogger dictionary of YUM! :) I am seriously drooling over this FABULOUSLY CLUSTERY granola deliciousness! I live for clusters… obviously this granola speaks to my soul! Plus all the ‘nanerry (<-word!), chocolatey, peanut-buttery goodness? GIMME! LOVE THIS! Waiting an hour might be torture… but they do say good things come to those who wait! I'm so making this! Pinned! Cheers!
OMG why did I just see this now?! I made a boring granola cluster thing for Alexis just then and wishing there was a way to add banana without banana chips- Okay, making it again. And YES on cooking for ages- Did you find the less time you cooked the more soft and even soggy it became? Anyway making this! :D
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I cannot have bananas – if I leave them out do i need to add more of another ingredient?
I’m sorry to hear that you can’t have bananas! I think applesauce might work as a substitute but I haven’t tried so I can’t say for sure. Let me know if you end up giving it a go!
As I am sitting eating my delicous granola…. Thank you! For those out there that are grain free as well I just used 1/2 almond flour and some extra cashews and seeds, absolutely delicious!