This Banana Almond Butter Grain-Free Granola is a crunchy + filling gluten-free, paleo, and vegan snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.

So I’m up bright and early this Monday morning! I’m writing quickly so I can get to the kitchen ASAP to make myself a cup of tea and a BIG granola parfait topped with this banana almond butter grain-free granola. Swoon. I’m already getting antsy for it, so let’s make this rather short and sweet, yeah? We all know I’m obsessed with gluten-free granola, and I can’t wait to tell you about this one.

I’m not going to take all the credit for coming up with this delicious banana nut butter grain-free granola idea. I really took a whole lot of inspiration from the folks over at Purely Elizabeth. I rarely buy granola, but when I do, it’s usually from them. When I spotted their banana nut butter grain-free granola at Whole Foods, I grabbed a bag and proceeded to become obsessed.

So being a homemade granola person, I had to recreate it from scratch, with my own twist. It went really deliciously well. I’m a big fan of bananas in my granolas anyways (cases 1 and 2). They add so much sweetness here as well as help create some big delicious granola clusters.

This Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola is a crunchy + filling snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.

How do you make grain-free granola?

Because this is grain-free granola, we’re skipping all the oats! If you’re wondering what the heck you make granola from when there aren’t any oats in it… It’s a wonderful combo of nuts, seeds, and coconut. A hearty, super wholesome, and nutrient-packed switch, if you ask me.

For my nut/seed/coconut combo, I went with sliced almonds, chopped cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and coconut flakes. If you don’t have one of these on hand OR don’t like one, just substitute them out for each other or your other preferred nuts/seeds. The best thing about granola is that as long as the dry: wet ratio stays relatively the same, the granola will turn out deliciously.

This Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola is a crunchy + filling snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.

The wet ingredients are a couple of mashed bananas, melted coconut oil, and creamy almond butter. A little bit of coconut sugar is added to that mix too – the only sweetener besides the bananas.

If you have other nut butter preferences, feel free to switch it up. Cashew butter or peanut butter would both be amazing here!

This banana almond butter grain-free granola is super filling because of all those nuts and seeds. A little bit will go a long way…especially if you manage to resist eating tons of it off the tray as it cools like I always do ;). If you’re needing a Paleo, grain-free granola recipe that will knock your socks off, look no further. I hope you’ll love this one! Enjoy.

This Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola is a crunchy + filling snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.

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This Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola is a crunchy + filling snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.

Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola

  • Author: Rachel Conners
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This Banana Almond Butter Grain-Free Granola is a crunchy + filling gluten-free, paleo, and vegan snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 bananas, mashed (about ~½ to cup)
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup creamy almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 275ºF and line a baking sheet (or 2, if they’re smaller) with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the bananas, coconut sugar, coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and kosher salt.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until all the dry ingredients are coated. Spread the granola mixture into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet(s).
  5. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, turning the pan every 20 minutes and mixing to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  6. Remove from the oven and press down slightly to help form clusters, and then let cool completely without disturbing to help the clumps form.
  7. Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for about a month.

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