This peanut butter and banana granola is a super simple and easy to make recipe. Filled with creamy peanut butter and banana slices that dry up perfectly in the oven, plus of course, chocolate chips. This gluten free granola is a healthy, delicious, crunchy, peanut butter and banana filled treat. Top yogurt, smoothie bowls, or just eat by the handful!
Best Gluten Free Granola
Gluten free granola is honestly easier to make at home yourself than it is to find in the stores. Plus you get a LOT more than the little bags at the store. This particular recipe is so simple and easy. Only 6 ingredients, all healthy and delicious.
In a bowl, mix together peanut butter (we prefer creamy, but crunchy works well too), gluten free rolled oats, chia seeds, a little extra virgin olive oil, and dark chocolate chips/chunks. Once these ingredients have been mixed together really well, spread out nice and evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This helps nothing to stick and helps it to bake evenly. Place the sliced banana right on top of the spread out granola. Then all you have to do is let it bake in the oven for about 2 hours.
When it comes out of the oven, you’re going to want your gluten free granola to rest and cool down. This helps the granola to get nice and crunchy.
Why is granola bad for you at the store?
So why make homemade granola instead of just buy it? Besides the fact that you get so much more when you just make it at home, granola at the store is generally super bad for you. It is LOADED with sugar among other weird ingredients.
It is generally hard to find a good gluten free granola, although Aldi’s does carry some in their Live G Free brand. But even if you find the granola of your dreams and it is gluten free, it’s probably loaded up with tons of sugar. You may as well sprinkle crushed Oreo’s on your green smoothie.
A lot of times, the granola at the stores carry unhealthy oils along with them, high amounts of calories, and like we’ve stated, loads of sugar with “healthy” sounding names. That’s why recipes like this one are so nice to have because it is SO EASY, takes 5 minutes to get into the oven, and you know exactly what’s in it.
Why is this granola good for you?
This crunchy peanut butter granola with bananas is really nice and healthy for you. It’s filled with fiber and iron from the rolled oats, protein and heart healthy fats from the peanut butter, omega-3 fatty acids along with more iron and fiber plus calcium from the chia seeds, plus the flavor and vitamins like C and manganese in bananas. The list goes on and on for a lot of the health benefits of these ingredients.
More than that though, this gluten free granola is YUMMY! It’s got all the best flavor combo’s- peanut butter and banana, peanut butter and chocolate… YUM. And honestly, healthy should taste goooood!
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- 2 cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats
- 1/3 cup Chia Seeds
- 1/3 cup Peanut Butter
- 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips/Chunks
- 1 sliced Banana (or more optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 250.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together everything except the banana slices.
- Spread the granola mixture evenly over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Then place the banana slices over the top.
- Bake for 1.5 hours for a more chewy softer granola OR 2 hours for a more crunchy granola.
- Let it cool completely on the baking sheet to let it set. Store in an air tight container and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 223Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g