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Banana Granola

On page 113 in our book we have written a story about the old wooden dinner table in our living room. We rarely eat on it. Instead we have covered it with heave stone tiles and use it to shoot food on. I have always felt a bit sorry for our table (it is worthy of a better life), but now I feel even worse. A while back, one of its legs broke as I balanced on it trying to take a shot from above. At first I talked myself into believing that it wasn’t that badly injured, “If I don’t put so much weight on this side it can still stand on its own”. That wasn’t entirely true. So after a while I did what any responsible person would do. I took some wire and gave it my best 3-minute patch-up work. It of course only held together for a few minutes.

I wish I could tell you that the table is the only thing in our apartment that is in need of fixing. It is not. Doors squeak. Knobs are loose. Cloth hangers are falling off the wall. There are deep scratches in our floors and burn marks on our kitchen counter. Our whole apartment is in a constant state of half broken. And for every day that goes by it becomes less and less fixed.

That is perhaps why we only take close ups of food. It is chaos outside the frame.

Don’t get me wrong, our apartment has charming high ceilings, old wooden floors and beautiful windows. But when looked at closely, one can easily see that it is crying for rescue.

I often blame it on time, why I haven’t fixed all the things that needs fixing. But to be honest, I love it like this. Being surrounded by things that are slightly broken. Having a home that is not perfect. I tell myself that it makes us focus on other, more important things. We cook. We play. We laugh.

I’ll fix that table some other day.

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I have almost reached the end of this post and I haven’t even started talking about this granola yet. Well, what can I say. It’s a pretty straight-up awesome granola recipe. With a kind of chunky, cookie-like consistency. And a mild banana flavor. As you can see from the photo above, we filled three large jars with granola. They didn’t last a month.

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Banana Granola

3 cups / 250 g / 700 ml rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
1/2 cup / 80 g / 120 ml raw almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup / 80 g / 120 ml raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or ground vanilla
1 pinch sea salt
3 tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
3 tbsp maple syrup, runny honey or date molasses
2 very ripe bananas, peeled and broken into smaller pieces

Preheat the oven 400°F / 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, vanilla and salt. In a separate bowl add coconut oil, maple and bananas. Use your hands to mix the ingredients completely smooth. Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture and combine well, using your hands, for about a minute, so all is well-coated and clumpy. Turn out and spread the granola in an even layer on the baking tray. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, check at around 10 minutes and turn the granola over with a wooden spoon. Allow to cool completely before putting in a container. Serve with organic yogurt, preferable goat or sheep or almond milk and fresh fruit.

If you prefer it raw and have a dehydrator, this recipe will work too.

This recipe was originally created for the Swedish Ikea blog Livet Hemma. All bowls, plates and jars in the photos can be found on Ikea.

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65 Comments

  1. emily
    Posted 17 May ’13 at 20:52 | #

    I loved your story about the table! So cute.

  2. Posted 17 May ’13 at 21:37 | #

    The pictures look so tempting. I just finished my last batch of granola, so Ill give it a try. I thought maybe adding some banana chips could work. thank you so much for such inspiring recipes and story’s and pictures and EVERYTHING! You have THE best blog!!!

  3. Posted 17 May ’13 at 21:48 | #

    This looks soooo good!! Yum!

  4. Posted 17 May ’13 at 21:55 | #

    I love when furniture and spaces have a story that is usually created by wear and tear, it means it has character! I love seeing the beauty in the ‘imperfection’ myself :)

    ~Michelle
    http://www.lifeaftergrains.com

  5. Posted 17 May ’13 at 22:12 | #

    I am so much in love with your introduction text!! I mean: I totally feel the same! And while, on our foodblogs, we try to feature “beautiful images” (utterly gorgeous, in your case) sometimes when I look around (outside the set) it’s just MESS EVERYWHERE (and semi-broken stuff!!)
    Feel good to read that I am not the only one! And, as I don’t comment often (but read each one of your post with the same interest!) I have to say congrats for your beautiful blog full of inspiration, your great app and your book that I still have to buy but I am sure I’ll enjoy!
    Have a nice week-end! Virtual hugs from Montreal!

  6. Posted 17 May ’13 at 22:23 | #

    Banana Granola looks and sounds so good! In regards to the broken, isn’t there a saying about perfection being boring? :)

  7. Scott
    Posted 18 May ’13 at 00:33 | #

    Doesn’t the banana cause the crunchy granola to soften over time? I’ve also experienced that when using honey.

  8. Posted 18 May ’13 at 01:35 | #

    I’m with my friend Christelle on this one. I’ve been having this feeling that I am totally failing at the little things in life – sewing buttons back on, washing out the cat bowls, refilling the dry goods in the pantry and so on. But we get by, and at the end of the day, when I’ve taken time to play tag barefoot with my kids and make a pie from scratch, I feel like the really important stuff has been addressed.

    Thanks for your lovely post. And big congratulations on your book. I requested it in my local Montreal bookstore – and talked it up to them. I hope they carry it and you’ll come for a signing one day. =)

  9. Posted 18 May ’13 at 01:53 | #

    Absolutely beautiful!! Sounds like the perfect Sunday breakfast <3

  10. Diana
    Posted 18 May ’13 at 02:34 | #

    Your message posted along with the Granola was so real and fresh, your closing statement so profound. You care about all the right things in life and your soul as well as your cooking is a delight and shines through. You truly have found the essence to ‘living’. Thank you for this beautiful reminder me about what really matters in life!

  11. Posted 18 May ’13 at 06:31 | #

    I think that creativity and “chaos” are comming along quite well… So don’t worry to much.
    :)

  12. Posted 18 May ’13 at 07:11 | #

    You could’ve fooled me, I guess I never really thought about it but I would imagine your home to be like something from a magazine! Because the food you make certainly is.

  13. Posted 18 May ’13 at 07:15 | #

    I love the idea of using ripe bananas for some of the sweetening and stick-together-ness (just made that word up) of the granola. I use dates the same way in granola, I should try bananas! And bananas and coconut go so well together, it’s a nice combination for your recipe. As far as the slightly broken-down environment in the home, that’s expected, I think, for a household with children. I’m sure your daughter is much more comfortable than she would be in a fussy ‘don’t touch that!” perfectly decorated home.

  14. Posted 18 May ’13 at 07:28 | #

    This looks like a very yummy breakfast! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  15. Aleksandra Peyrer-Na
    Posted 18 May ’13 at 11:41 | #

    What a charming story! I have a similar home and many of the scars were caused by my wild and playful children. Drawings on the wall, bumps from my daughter’s wooden stroller.OUr apartment tells a story and I think its much more charming then a polished, perfect apartment. In addition to that a lovely recipe as always!!! Best wishes, Aleksandra

  16. Inés
    Posted 18 May ’13 at 12:54 | #

    I read your post last night and couldn’t stop thinking about that granola. I just made it and I hope there will be some left to put into a jar ;-)
    It’s just that it smells so absolutely wonderful here after baking and I keep heading back to the kitchen to nibble a piece…and one more piece…and one more…
    Honestly, it’s fantastic and an excellent way to use the overripe bananas that I always freeze and which keep piling up in my freezer waiting for a new fun recipe to come along! =)

  17. Sini
    Posted 18 May ’13 at 13:02 | #

    Oh this granola seems to pair perfectly with this season’s first strawberries and blueberries. There’s nothing like homemade granola for breakfast or afternoon snack.

  18. Posted 18 May ’13 at 14:24 | #

    You can’t build a table with that much character! I’d rather have a home that is cozy and filled with memories versus than one that is magazine worthy. It gives you the freedom to add your own “stories!”

    I’ve been looking for a granola recipe and I will definitely give this one a try!

  19. Cyndi
    Posted 18 May ’13 at 21:40 | #

    Very charming post, I enjoyed the story of the table and your other items that have their own imperfect personalities-in a sense- the recipe sounds delicious. I must try it.

  20. Posted 18 May ’13 at 23:08 | #

    I have been wanting to attempt a banana granola for so long! So many banana granola recipes use those dehydrated banana chips. I can’t wait to try this!

  21. Posted 19 May ’13 at 08:51 | #

    A really inspiring breakfast suggestion! I have made my own granola for a long time (being an advocate of all that is home made, unprocessed, natural and organic), but had never thought of adding bananas in this way before; usually they are an accompaniment and not a constituent ingredient! Thank you for your clever idea – I shall whip up a batch today (on World Baking Day, no less!). Very much enjoying your blog, too…

  22. Posted 19 May ’13 at 17:50 | #

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! There could be no better granola recipe for me, because of choosing to love bananas since my 24th birthday in April, after 20 years of hating them! I made a jar of that granola today and it took all my discipline not to eat it all at once! Thanks a lot for all your passion for cooking and for using your time to share it with us! By the way: your Book is amazing, nearly cooked half of the included recipes already (as you can See on instagram @katinkakalle)! -Karo

  23. Posted 20 May ’13 at 03:23 | #

    ooh, ooh, ohh, this looks great, this will be my next batch of granola!

  24. Posted 20 May ’13 at 03:30 | #

    Holy heck this looks glorious! Bananas are so cheap in Australia at the moment, I have a whole bowl full with a previously undecided fate. This will be breakfast tomorrow morning!

  25. Posted 20 May ’13 at 04:51 | #

    Your photos are ridiculously amazing! GAH – can’t wait for your book.

  26. Posted 20 May ’13 at 15:30 | #

    The photos are marvelously amazing! Keep it up. XOXO

  27. Posted 20 May ’13 at 19:53 | #

    Holy bananas, is this good!

    I just made a batch and couldn’t resist eating a bowl right away. What I found most interesting was the texture. I decreased the temperature (my gas oven likes it hot) and cooked it a bit longer to get it crispy. It did get crispy, but the banana keeps it still quite soft. So good! And an interesting change from regular crispy granola.

  28. Posted 21 May ’13 at 06:56 | #

    Oh no poor table! This granola recipe looks so good, I just want to eat it off the page. Thanks for sharing it!

  29. Posted 21 May ’13 at 13:52 | #

    Sounds like a perfect home for us! The important part is that it is a home filled with love, laughter and good food. As it seems to be :) Your granola sounds delicious and your pics are Beautiful!

  30. Posted 21 May ’13 at 14:03 | #

    Definitely going to give this recipe a try! Looks perfect for breakfast!

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  31. Posted 21 May ’13 at 15:46 | #

    These look delicious! However, it needs more meat to keep climate change under control by stopping methane production!

  32. Posted 22 May ’13 at 07:11 | #

    Hi David, Luise & Elsa,

    what a beautiful blog! And I don’t know which I like better in this post: your gorgeous granola or the very nice story of the table and its half fixed surroundings ;-). Both are very inspiring – and I love the idea of banana in granola. I would not have thought that fresh ones get dry enough to stay preserved for some time. I guess they need to be cut into rather small pieces for that?

    Best and thanks for the inspiration
    Claudia

  33. Posted 22 May ’13 at 09:59 | #

    Gosh this sounds fabulous! A must try for sure!

  34. Posted 22 May ’13 at 16:25 | #

    I made it this afternoon and it’s extremely delicious! The rest of my family agrees ;-)
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful and easy recipe.

  35. Ryan
    Posted 22 May ’13 at 18:31 | #

    Did I miss it somewhere? How much granola does this make?

  36. Posted 23 May ’13 at 02:52 | #

    That opening story is too true. I’ve got a slightly similar situation, but not nearly as adorable! I’m in student accommodation, so my shared kitchen is always a complete mess thanks to us 7 students… for my photos, close-ups and mess-covering dish towels are the way to go! Hahah, thank you for sharing. I could always do with another granola recipe.

  37. Eva Bellas
    Posted 23 May ’13 at 09:35 | #

    Ooooooh … delicious, beautyful, easy, crunchy …. just “The Granola Recipe” I’ve been looking for for so long!!! we did it in the wood oven, and with what we had on hand (bukweet, dates, walnuts, goji berrys,coconut flower sugar,cinnamon, plus the banana mix and the oat…).Next time… must triple the recipe! :-)Thanks for the inspiration. Just love your blog.

  38. Posted 23 May ’13 at 20:46 | #

    I love your story about the table – it’s so true that an imperfect home is much more comfortable and enjoyable to live in than a pristine one. The banana granola looks so crunchy and delicious!

  39. Jane
    Posted 23 May ’13 at 22:56 | #

    Just made this a few days ago, and not surprisingly, there is none left to be found. It’s WONDERFUL! I’m glad to have another option other than banana bread as a way to use up old bananas.

    I doubled the recipe (yep, my boyfriend and I ate that much in two days), and baked it in about four batches. I found that, if it was piled too closely together, the moisture from the bananas kept it too soft.

    Also, for those of you wanting it to stay crispy: keep your granola in an air-tight container in the freezer. It stays perfect! A tip from Deb of the Smitten Kitchen :)

    Delicious recipe, as per ususal!

  40. J
    Posted 24 May ’13 at 17:06 | #

    This looks amazing :)

  41. leonie kenny
    Posted 27 May ’13 at 01:00 | #

    As a brand new fan of GKS – dare I award myself as your latest BIG TIME FAN? – I am utterly thrilled at the very thought of this granola. I am definitely due to make granola and indeed will get busy on this recipe tonight.
    I discovered the magical wonder of The Green Kitchen book in a department store (Brisbane) by chance on the weekend. The front cover caught my eye as though I’d been hit by lightening! So I wont have it said that you can’t judge a book by its cover’ !
    I busied myself yesterday with the cauliflower dhal & the broccoli pommegranate salad. Oh my Buddha!!! bliss in food, food in bliss.
    Blessings to you 3 for sharing the foodie love across the world.
    Yours in happy vegetarian health, leonie <3

  42. Posted 27 May ’13 at 04:57 | #

    I made this and it was the greatest thing to happen to breakfast! I’ve made my second batch now – I had it with poached rhubarb and pears and some yogurt. Thank yoU!

  43. Posted 28 May ’13 at 16:15 | #

    Just made this. So delicious! Thank you!

  44. Posted 28 May ’13 at 18:03 | #

    Approximately how many servings does this batch make?

  45. Posted 30 May ’13 at 04:21 | #

    I love your post. I am a new blogger and as i struggle with my antiquated camera, limited natural light that is only ideal for 2 hours a day and the chaos around my table i appreciate your challenges with the photography. I too take MANY close ups…my husband often walks in and looks around at the neglected housework, dishes piled up and comments – ‘you should take a photo of the kitchen and the house’…..mmmmm…..no, i am not sharing that much of my life yet. Love your blog. You are a very talented lot.

  46. Serena
    Posted 30 May ’13 at 14:06 | #

    My granola turned out all soft & wasn’t crunchy like I really like it! Also there were no clumps at all and I even left it in the oven for about 35 minutes! Is there any recommendations of how I could help improve it (e.g. sticking it in the fridge?)

  47. Posted 1 Jun ’13 at 07:48 | #

    I love making granola. This looks awesome, I’ll have to try soon.

  48. Posted 2 Jun ’13 at 04:00 | #

    Thank you so much for this great recipe! The granola is so tasty and has a wonderful texture from the banana. Love it! Thank you,
    Lindsay :) from Calgary, Canada

  49. Posted 20 Jun ’13 at 15:10 | #

    I made this recipe and it was great. Love it on top of toast with lemon curd. Strange but really good. Thank you for such lovely recipes.

  50. Posted 30 Jul ’13 at 13:29 | #

    Hello :)

    Og tak for sidst – jeg var en af kursisterne på weekenden i Falsterbo. Det var en inspirerende tur at være på.

    Jeg tænker på om det er fine eller grove havregryn I har brugt?

    Knus, Mia

    • Posted 1 Aug ’13 at 11:01 | #

      Hej Mia!
      Selv tak, en dejlig oplevelse med dejlige mennesker, tak for din deltagelse!

      Det er grove havregryn. Håber det bliver vellykket!

      De bedste hilsner
      Luise

  51. Posted 31 Jul ’13 at 13:48 | #

    Just spotted this recipe and excited to try it today. would have never thought of using mashed banana. Your story is charming too. I’m pretty lucky that I have a fix it kind of guy but all of our furniture and rooms tell a story. Our living room table is a window from a 1918 home that was being thrown out, we added legs to it and now a pretty vase of flowers sits on top. Been a long time reader of your blog congrats on all the great things happening with your family and cooking

  52. Posted 31 Jul ’13 at 17:05 | #

    Made this yesterday and it is amazing! Thanks for the recipe! Your photographs are absolutely gorgeous. Love the site!

  53. Sarah
    Posted 16 Aug ’13 at 14:04 | #

    I have only just made this granola.. and I am already in love! The house smells sweet, malty and nutty! The perfect thing to make on such a stormy Melbourne evening. Cannot wait ’til morning when I shall devour a good portion of it!!

    Looking forward to recieving your book in the mail and visiting Stockholm January ’14!

    Thank-you for sharing your wonderful recipes with the world!!

  54. Grace
    Posted 27 Aug ’13 at 01:08 | #

    I am about to put it in the oven! I’m waiting for the kale and goat cheese frittatas to get done!

    Question: does it have to be stored in the refrigerator?

    • Posted 27 Aug ’13 at 12:21 | #

      Hi Grace, you can store it in an air tight container on your kitchen counter.

      Best
      Luise

  55. Becky
    Posted 1 Oct ’13 at 06:42 | #

    Love this recipe. I used a mixture of sprouted buckwheat and rolled oats, and did two batches, one in my dehydrator and one in the oven. I was convinced the oven version would turn out crunchier and better overall…boy was I wrong! The dehydrator version was the best batch of granola I’ve ever made…perfectly spiced and lots of crunchy clusters. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  56. Posted 15 Feb ’14 at 21:40 | #

    This granola looks yummy! I’ve started using quinoa flakes and millets flakes, as well as oat flakes in my granola. It’s a good flavour but sometimes a bit dry, so maybe adding banana would counteract that. Do you have any tips on this?

    • Posted 15 Feb ’14 at 22:09 | #

      Hi Charlie, We haven’t tried quinoa or millet flakes in this recipe, but it does sound like a good match. Let us know how it goes!
      /David

  57. emilie
    Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 23:12 | #

    Hello!
    I know this is an old post but I wanted to try the reciepe out today. I was wondering do you also soak the seeds 8 hours before in water to make granola?

    Thank you so much! Your reciepes really inspire me and have been so helpful!!! You can’t possibly imagine!

    Thanks again

  58. Bibi
    Posted 12 Mar ’14 at 10:21 | #

    Hi there,

    I must say I was a bit skeptical when I read the recipe however I could not find a granola in a shop which would not have sugar so I decided I give it a go.I had to make a few changes, simply because I didn’t have the indigence. I substituted coconut oil for walnut oil and instead of whole almonds added flaked almonds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts. I tried the mixture when I was mixing it in a bowl and must say it tasted amazing!!!Yum!!
    Can’t wait to taste it once is finished baking.:):)
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE!!! I can tell you now that, this will be my favorite breakfast!!!:):)
    xx

  59. Rosie
    Posted 17 Apr ’14 at 08:59 | #

    This is my all-time favorite granola, my family insist on having a batch on circulation at all times! Thank you so much for sharing

  60. Posted 30 May ’14 at 17:36 | #

    I just love this recipe – keep on making banana granola with a slight adjustments.. Today with hazelnuts and pistachios. Thank you guys!

  61. Posted 3 Nov ’14 at 17:55 | #

    Thanks for this one. I made it last night – Yum!! This is my new favorite granola for sure.

  62. Posted 5 Dec ’14 at 09:03 | #

    Hello,
    How long does the granola last in an air tight container? I usually make some cereal bars with ripe banana and they one last about 4 to 5 days due to the ripe banana.
    Thank you in advance for your feedback.
    Cheers from Portugal :)

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