Banana Coconut Granola
This Banana Coconut Granola tastes warm and tropical, and is full of crunch from the coconut flakes and pecans! It makes a delicious snack by itself, or mix it into some yogurt for the perfect breakfast.
I’m a total granola fiend. Seriously. I go through granola so quickly because I eat it for breakfast, no joke, just about every single morning. My go-to favorite breakfast is Greek yogurt (sometime flavored, sometimes not), berries (whichever ones I have), and a scoop of whatever homemade granola I have at the time. It’s simple, so delicious, and fills me up until lunch.
I really never get sick of it, and that’s probably because it’s a rare occurrence that I make the same granola recipe more than once. Usually, I make some slight variation on one of my favorite recipes that I’ve already posted on here.
This Chunky Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola held a place in my heart for the past few months, and this Coconut Pecan Granola has always been a favorite. But, recently, I saw my friend Gayle post a recipe for Banana Bread Granola and I swooned. I needed to try it, and thankfully, I had ripe bananas in the kitchen.
Since that first batch, I’ve made this recipe a few times. Of course, it’s been a little different each time, but this version is the most recent and my personal favorite. I added chocolate chips to the mix this time, which make things a little sweeter and more delicious, but I’ve made this without the chocolate and it’s still swoon-worthy!
I pretty much can’t have granola without coconut in it. Seriously, it’s my favorite thing about granola so every batch I make has got to have coconut flakes in it. If you’re not a coconut fan, use another cup of oats instead of the coconut. It will work, no problem.
Like all my granola recipes, this one is gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, dairy free, and all that good stuff. I like my breakfast to be clean fuel for the day – we’re skipping the sugar in the morning! I’m off to have a big old granola parfait for dinner, starring this banana coconut granola. Make sure you whip up a batch, and enjoy!
Banana Coconut Granola
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 3/4 cup pecans (chopped)
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 medium bananas (ripe and mashed)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir to combine evenly. Spread the granola in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 to 45 minutes. About halfway through the baking time, use a large spatula to turn over the granola, breaking the pieces up as little as possible. Rotate the pan to ensure the granola bakes evenly. When it is browned and feels dry to the touch, remove from the oven. Sprinkle with chocolate chips if using and let the granola cool completely.
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Recipe adapted from Pumpkin N’ Spice
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Banana bread ANYTHING is totally up my alley, but in granola form?! I die. This granola seriously looks SO perfect, Rachel! Totally wishing I had a bowlful in front of my face right now. ;)
I love making different kinds of homemade granola too, it’s the best! This banana coconut version sounds incredible, I’m kind of wishing I had some for breakfast right now!
Like you I can’t make granola without coconut, it’s so good! This banana coconut version sounds insanely delicious, and I love all the good-for-me ingredients!
I am soooo due to make some more granola! and this recipe looks so tasty and perfect-I love that you use actual bananas!
I’ve recently become obsessed with making homemade granola – -it’s so easy and the flavor combinations are endless! LOVE this version!
I never get sick of homemade granola! This version looks so so good! Love the banana / coconut combo!
Granola! It looks so tasty. There are so many things to do with granola. :)
I haven’t made granola in forever and it’s such a great grab and go breakfast! I love banana everything and really need to make some of this. Yours looks like my cup of tea!
This granola sounds AMAZING. Seriously, genius idea for granola. I was on a pretty serious granola kick about a month ago and had to switch things up. But I seriously want to try this! Pinned! :)
Ugh bananas are just the best! I love the pecans here, too :)
I have such a weakness for granola especially with coconut. This sounds amazing! Love the combination of flavors!
I am actually obsessed with granola!! This looks so good!
Isn’t banana bread granola the best? I’m so glad you liked it, Rachel! And I’m so loving the coconut in here! Definitely jazzes up this granola. Sounds like the perfect breakfast or snack to munch on! Can’t wait to try your version out!
What a delicious and tropical granola! The coconut makes it extra special :)
I love homemade granola, it tastes about 1,000,000 times better than anything store bought! Love the banana-coconut-granola flavor combo you have going on here, totally pinned :)
This granola is so tropical! Love it!
You sold me with banana. I adore banana in every form so this is genius!
I can’t seem to make granola without coconut, either; but that’s ok because it goes great in it!
I love granola too! It is my favorite snack! This looks so good, I love those big coconut flakes!
I love trying new granola recipes!! You can never have enough. I am a fan of everything in this, so I can’t wait to give it a try soon.
I am a granola addict too!! Love love it with my morning yogurt and this crunchy coconut one is joining my crew.
I haven’t had granola in far too long…looks delicious, Rachel! Love the coconut/banana combo!
Hi, just wondering if we could cut down on the maple syrup, since bananas and coconut give the sweetness factor, if so can you completely forgo it or how much less.
Hi Mili, you definitely can! I’ve made it with 1/4 cup maple syrup before, and it still turns out deliciously. I wouldn’t cut it down too much more than that though. Hope you enjoy it!
Rachel, sometimes I think we might be spirit animals :) This granola sounds like my every dream come true (and, yes, all granola needs coconut)!
Oh, I just love this, Rachel! So tropical & crunchy. <3
This looks insanely good. I need to get in the kitchen and make a batch of granola! Pinned!
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Granola just isn’t granola without coconut. It adds that somethin’, somethin’ granola needs. Love this version. Pinned.
Thanks so much, Jennie!
Ohhh coconut and banana is definitely an amazinggg combo! This looks so toasty and delicious!!
That granola looks so yummy! I’m loving the banana and coconut flavors you chose – sounds delicious!! :)
Wanted to come back and tell you this recipe is amazing!! Just made a batch for the week and I need to stop snacking on it already! Thanks!!
So glad that you liked the granola, Zainab!!
I love granola and this recipe is really good! I can eat granola for almost every breakfast.
This is my go-to granola! I skip the maple syrup to lose the sugar and I don’t miss it at all. Mmmmm.
So glad to hear you love it! I’ll need to try it without the maple syrup :) thanks for commenting, Anne!
Love the idea of banana and coconut! How long does this stay fresh in room temperature or in the refrigerator?
I kept this at room temperature for about 2 weeks with no problems! Make sure it’s tightly sealed so it doesn’t get stale, though.