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Peanut Butter & Banana Chip Granola

Baking season is in full swing, and I’m pumping out sweet treats like they’re going out of style. I’ve been baking so much that my skin is imparted with the smell of butter and sugar. Mmm, I smell delicious!

You want cookies? I got ‘em by the dozens. Mini loaves of bread? Uh huh. Fudge? You betcha. Rice krispie treats? Heck yes! You name it, I have it. I’m knee deep in all things sweet and I don’t want to be dug out. I’m living the high life, eating cookies for just about every meal. Hey, it’s the holidays. My motto is eat now and worry later.

To help break up the monotony of cookie recipes, I made a peanut butter & banana chip granola. This is on my list of food gifts this year, and it’s a winner.

The oats and almonds get coated in a creamy peanut butter and brown sugar base and toasted in the oven until brown and nutty. Once the mixture cools, I toss in handfuls of dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and banana chips.

It’s addictive!

I sit in front of the TV and snack on handfuls of this granola while watching my favorite shows. It’s healthy, yet it will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Add the granola to a pretty glass jar and wrap a big old red bow around it to give to that special someone for the holidays. Don’t be surprised if you get a bunch of emails asking for the recipe. It’s that good!

Happy Holidays!

Here’s what I’ve been cooking/baking over the past few weeks:

Orange Sugar Cookies by Movita Beaucoup- These are the softest cookies you will ever eat, and they’re so easy to make.

Spicy Chicken Rigatoni by Juanita’s Cocina- This makes for a great weeknight meal. So good, yet so easy.

Parsnip and Carrot Latkes by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen- This was my very first attempt at latkes. Let’s just say that I’m now a huge fan. These are amazing!

Salted Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies by A Periodic Table- Whoa, are these cookies huge, but they’re one of the best cookies I’ve ever shoved into my cookie hole. The toasted hazelnuts. The chocolate. The salty bite. This is one great cookie and a must try.

There’s also a winner in the house. Congratulations to #35, Donna Currie, for winning the Hodgson Mill giveaway. Happy baking!

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Peanut Butter & Banana Chip Granola
 
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Recipe type: Granola
Ingredients
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1½ cups whole almonds
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1½ cups banana chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats and almonds.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, peanut butter, canola oil, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the peanut butter is smooth and the brown sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Take the mixture off of the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the mixture over the oats and fold until all of the oats are coated with peanut butter mixture.
  5. Pour the oat mixture evenly onto the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the oats are golden brown.
  6. Cool the mixture completely on a wire rack before tossing with the banana chips, peanut butter chips, and dark chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.

 

   

21 Responses to “Peanut Butter & Banana Chip Granola”

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    Smitten Foodie — December 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    My most favorite breakfast is peanut butter toast and bananas….this is genius! Can wait to make:)
    Connie

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    • Jennie replied December 22nd, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Thanks, Connie! I love toast smeared with pb and bananas.

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    Kate | Food Babbles — December 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I miss peanut butter SOOOO much!! Maddy’s allergic so we have none in the house. I know I would absolutely love this. Yum!

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine — December 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Oh yum! I love peanut butter AND bananas and mixing them together into a granola form has my tummy growling! Can’t wait to try this :)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I wanna come live with you.

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — December 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I need to start making my own granola, Jennie. You’ve inspired me. And just in time; this is a fantabulous gift!

    And I hope you don’t smell too good. Because people might start gnawing on your arm.

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — December 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Yessss! I was just looking for a new granola recipe! Thanks girl!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I love a good granola and this is a good granola!

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    • Jennie replied December 22nd, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Thanks, Stephanie!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I sure could use a handful of this in my yogurt – I’ve been eating way too many candy and cookies this time of year!

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    • Jennie replied December 22nd, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Candy has been my main form of nutrition these days :) Thanks, Chung-Ah!

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    CCU — December 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    What delicious Christmassy granola my friend :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    • Jennie replied December 22nd, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Thanks, Uru!

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    Renee — December 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Everything about and in this granola is so good! I would love to sprinkle it on my yogurt for my mid-morning snack. Or just eat a handful in the afternoon.

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    • Jennie replied December 22nd, 2012 at 8:46 am

      It’s great over greek yogurt, and I often just eat it by the handful. Thanks, Renee!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — December 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Can I come live with you? I will bring cocktails.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Oooooh, I have so many family members who would love this as a gift! Gorgeous pictures!!

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    Joy @ Baking-Joy — December 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    This flavour combination is 2nd only to peanut butter and chocolate…and there’s chocolate in this granola as well! It looks so good :-)

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    • Jennie replied December 22nd, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Thanks, Joy! It’s one of my fav combos.

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    shannon @ a periodic table — December 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

    jennie i love this granola idea! I’ve been messing around with a few ideas for my own (you inspire me!) but to no avail. they’re okay, but nothing exciting like yours. This is such a good flavor combination; i love it! Guess i’m just going to use your granola for food gifts (again). :)
    you are SO IN LOVE with those chocolate hazelnut cookies. they love you back, i bet. :)

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    • Jennie replied December 22nd, 2012 at 8:45 am

      I inspire you, Shannon? You just made my day. Everyone adored this granola. It’s perfect for snacking (something I do often). I love that you use my granola recipe for food gifts. Girl, I’m head over heels in love with those cookies. They’re huge!

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