July 15, 2019

Banana Walnut Granola

Banana Walnut Granola is a deliciously simple recipe, made with only 3 ingredients. Tasty, healthy, and completely whole-food plant-based!

When I started my elimination diet, I knew I was going on a journey. I knew it wouldn't be easy, especially for a foodie like me. I enjoy eating a variety of foods each day -- not only to get in all my nutrients but because I like experiencing different foods and flavors.

My elimination diet humbled me. I went from eating such a variety to only eating a handful of foods each day. It was hard! But slowly, as I added more foods to my diet, I cooked more 'complex' meals and snacks. Including this Banana Walnut Granola.

Usually in my granola recipes I use date syrup as a healthy sweetener. Date syrup gives the perfect amount of sweetness and also helps the granola get super crispy. But dates are very high in FODMAPS, so they weren't part of my diet. I missed eating granola a lot, so once I added bananas to my list of foods, I created this gem.

Banana Walnut Granola


Banana Walnut Granola uses only bananas as a sweetener. Be warned: this granola is not as sweet as my usual granola recipes. But it still tastes great! It has that subtle banana flavor without being too overpowering. Honestly, I love it -- super sweet granola has it's place, but bananas make a great natural sweetener.

This granola also features the amazing walnut. Walnuts are soft and slightly sweet, making them the perfect addition to this subtly-sweet granola. The crunchy oats pair well with the softer walnuts.

That's it! Those are the main ingredients: oats, banana, and walnuts. For some extra flavor we'll add some cinnamon (my favorite) and a pinch of salt. You probably have all the ingredients already! So go make yourself some delicious granola!

How to make Banana Walnut Granola

Step 1. Mash a small banana really well. You don't want any lumps or clumps, just smooth banana puree.

Step 2. Mix the oats, mashed banana, cinnamon and salt.

Step 3. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 4. Sprinkle on some chopped walnuts.

Step 5. Bake and enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Jesus, thank you for simple, healthy foods, with ingredients that fuel our bodies to do Your work. Amen.

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Banana Walnut Granola

Banana Walnut Granola is a deliciously simple recipe, made with only 3 ingredients. Tasty, healthy, and completely whole-food plant-based!














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  • 1/3 Cup Mashed/Pureed Banana*
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the mashed banana, oats, cinnamon, and salt. Spread evenly on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the walnuts on top of the granola.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through to break up some of the clusters. Allow the granola to cool for 5 minutes before eating. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*To keep this recipe low-FODMAP, use an unripe banana. For more intense banana flavor, use a very ripe banana. Either way, make sure to mash the banana very well.

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography