Happy 2018 and happy healthy eating season! Ha.

I am not doing Whole 30 or Paleo or keto or eliminating sugar, so my sympathies to you who are. I’ve gone sugar-free before and it’s not easy! But you’ve got this!

This recipe is not sugar-free (or any of those other things), but one of my go-to staples when I’m looking for something healthier is oatmeal, and there are definitely oats right here.

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I love granola, but the store-bought stuff is so expensive and full of sugar to the point that it’s not really healthy at all. I don’t make my own nearly enough, but it’s so easy!

You can add or subtract ingredients to make this recipe healthier or fit your tastes better. I’m Nutella-obsessed (clearly, since this is my second Nutella recipe in a row) and I think bananas go with Nutella like peanut butter goes with jelly, so I used a whole banana and also tossed a few banana chips on top, too. I recently learned that yellow banana chips are not all that healthy since they’re fried in oil (oops), but if you can find brown ones, those are better for you because they’re not cooked the same way as your average French fry. Or you can just skip the banana chips altogether. I just think they make the granola look prettier! :)

I’ve also added chia seeds to this recipe before (which actually shows in these photos if you look closely), but I prefer the granola’s texture without them so I didn’t include them in the nutritional info below. But by all means, add your chia seeds if you want to make this recipe healthier!

Banana-Nutella Granola | Get Sweet Smart

You could also sub peanut butter for the Nutella (yum) or add other dried fruits. Make this recipe your own!

I like mixing this granola with my Greek yogurt and freshly sliced bananas, and I also like to eat it like cereal with milk in the morning. It would also taste yummy sprinkled on top of a banana smoothie bowl. (This banana-Nutella protein shake would work!)

Banana-Nutella Granola | Get Sweet Smart

And, of course, you can just eat it plain with a spoon. It’s a great on-the-go snack or breakfast.

The Nutella drizzle on top is completely optional, but highly recommended. :)

Banana-Nutella Granola | Get Sweet Smart

What are your favorite ways to eat granola? And what are your go-to healthy breakfasts this time of year?

Hope your 2018 is off to a terrific start!

Banana-Nutella Granola

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

Banana-Nutella Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds, if desired
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup banana chips
  • Extra melted Nutella for drizzling, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats and salt. Add chia seeds if desired.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, mix mashed banana with Nutella, maple syrup, milk and vanilla. Pour over oats and stir to combine. Spread mixture onto lined jelly roll pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir granola and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown. For softer granola, reduce baking time.
  5. Remove granola from oven and sprinkle banana chips on top. Drizzle with extra Nutella, if desired.
  6. Set baking pan on a cooling rack for two hours or until granola is completely cool and slightly crunchy.
  7. Store in a covered container at room temperature for up to a week.
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Nutritional Info:
Calories: 250
Total Fat: 11 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 56 g
Total Carbs: 35 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 4 g


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