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Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola @ NancyCI was needing to make some granola and I had also been thinking about making banana bread, so instead I made Banana Bread Granola. It was also handy that I had a bag of dried banana chips too, since those make a perfect add-in for this recipe! Just so you know, it’s very lightly sweet (unlike the granola  you buy at the store, which is too sweet for me). But you can make this Banana Bread Granola a little sweeter by adding some packed brown sugar, which I’ve noted in the recipe below. If you’re serving it with milk or yogurt for breakfast, you can also drizzle some honey on it, which tastes really good!

BANANA BREAD GRANOLA by NancyC

Makes about 7 1/2 cups

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Optional: 2 Tablespoons flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup raw sunflower kernels
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans (or use a little of both)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (if you want your granola sweeter)
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil or canola oil
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium bananas or 1 medium) and 1 small)
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped banana chips (add these after the granola is done baking)

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a large 13 x 18″ rimmed baking sheet or two 10 x 15″ rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

In large bowl, mix the oats, flaxseed or wheat germ (if using), sunflower kernels, chopped nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together until combined (also add the brown sugar, if using); set aside.

In medium bowl, mix the oil, honey, vanilla extract, and mashed bananas until well-blended. Pour over the oat mixture in large bowl; mix until everything is moistened and evenly coated.

Spread mixture evenly onto lined baking sheet and bake at 325˚F for 45 minutes total, stirring the granola every 15 minutes so mixture bakes evenly.

Remove from oven and let granola cool on baking sheet(s) for about 20 minutes (the granola will get crunchier as it cools). Transfer granola into a large bowl and stir in the banana chips.

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Serve with yogurt, milk, or eat it plain as a healthy snack!

Since I started making homemade granola about 5 years ago, I rarely buy store-bought! It’s so easy to make your own, and it’s fun making it with different add-ins! Are you a granola-maker too?

Linked to Fiesta Friday, Meal Plan Monday, Weekend Potluck, Inspire Me Monday, Show and Share, Full Plate Thursday, Create It Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things.

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Banana-Zucchini Bread

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If you imagined what Banana-Zucchini Bread would be like, you’d probably guess that it would be moist, because it has both zucchini and bananas in it, after all. And you would be right–about this recipe, anyway. It has the perfect moist texture–not overly moist, but just right. And the bread rises so nicely. I was afraid it might sink in the middle like some other moist quick breads I’ve made before, but not this one! It has a nice loaf shape with a rounded top and makes two 8 x 4″ loaves. If you use 9 x 5″ loaf pans, the bread will be thinner and baking time may be a little shorter. But I think this recipe work best with the 8 x 4″ size pans, so keep that in mind if you try this. It’s a great end-of-summer bread that puts both your garden zucchini and ripe bananas to great use!

BANANA-ZUCCHINI BREAD by NancyC

Makes two 8 x 4″ loaves

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup non-GMO canola oil or light olive oil
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour two 8 x 4″ loaf pans; set aside.

In large bowl, beat eggs, then blend in sugars and oil. Add bananas and vanilla extract and blend well.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; stir into egg/sugar/oil mixture. Add shredded zucchini and nuts, if using, and and stir just until combined.

Pour into 2 greased 8 x 4″ loaf pans and bake at 350˚F for 48 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely (you may have to loosen the edges of the loaf just a little with a knife, and then the bread comes out very easily from the pan).

Some other really good zucchini breads I recommend are: Zucchini Spice Bread, Lemon-Zucchini Loaf with Lemon Glaze, and Carrot-Zucchini Bread.

Are you growing zucchini in your garden this year? What kinds of recipes do you like to make with it?

Linked to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener and Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy.

Strawberry Banana Muffins

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My latest banana-inspired recipe also has fresh strawberries in it–the perfect muffin for summer! They’re so moist and full of delicious chunks of fresh strawberries. I love how the sprinkling of coarse sugar gives these muffin tops a little sparkle and crunchiness, too! I just did a light sprinkling, but you can do a heavier sprinkle if you want a real sugary top. So the next time you have some ripe bananas and fresh strawberries on hand, keep this recipe in mind! 🙂

STRAWBERRY BANANA MUFFINS by NancyC

Makes 11 muffins

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries (cut into small chunks)
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: coarse sugar for sprinkling on top of muffins (use about 1/4 teaspoon per muffin or a little more, if you like)

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners; set aside. In medium bowl, blend sugar and butter, then add in egg, and vanilla, blending well. Mix in the strawberries and bananas. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add strawberry/banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and sprinkle tops with coarse sugar, if desired. Bake at 375˚F for 15-16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan 5 minutes, the remove and cool completely on wire rack or serve warm.

These muffins are great for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack–they’d go great with some Strawberry Lemonade, too! Do you have a favorite strawberry/banana recipe?

Linked to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener and Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy.

Banana Oat Muffins with Maple Syrup Drizzle

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Ripe bananas once again–my bananas seem to ripen more quickly in the summer! I thought I’d try making some muffins this time. I had made some Blueberry Oat Banana Bread before, and thought it would be nice to add oats to these banana muffins. And instead of granulated sugar, I decided to try brown sugar. The Greek yogurt adds to the moistness and the cinnamon and nutmeg give the muffins a lightly spicy flavor. These aren’t super-sweet muffins, so the maple syrup drizzle adds the perfect amount of sweetness on top. And for any maple syrup overflow that drizzles onto your plate, you can dip your muffin in that as you’re eating it, which is a yummy thing to do!

These muffins also puff up really nicely when they bake. Yep, this is a great way to use those extra bananas! This recipe just makes 10 muffins, so you can double the recipe if you’d like to make a bigger batch!

BANANA OAT MUFFINS WITH MAPLE SYRUP DRIZZLE by NancyC

Makes 10 muffins

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 3 Tablespoons non-GMO canola oil (or light olive oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or banana extract
  • Pure Maple Syrup for drizzling over muffins (about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per muffin)

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a muffin pan with 10 paper liners; set aside.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

In medium bowl, mix mashed bananas, oil, egg, Greek yogurt, and vanilla (or banana) extract, blending well.

Add banana mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.

Bake at 375˚F for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire rack or serve warm.

Right before serving these muffins, lightly drizzle some maple syrup on top (or you can use other flavored syrups).

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Since these muffins have oatmeal in them, they make a great quick breakfast if you need something fast and easy. I always seem to be in a rush in the mornings–how about you?

Linked to Fiesta Friday/The Novice Gardener, Inspire Me Monday/Create with Joy.

Blueberry Oat Banana Bread

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When blueberry season comes around, I love baking with those fresh berries! So I thought I’d try combining blueberries and bananas in a bread, and I also decided to add a little oatmeal–I thought oatmeal would give it a nice texture and make a nice quick bread for breakfast.

This bread is so moist and packed with blueberries! It’s sweet, but not overly sweet–and the ripe bananas add just the right amount of sweetness and moistness to the bread. I actually didn’t taste my loaf until the day after I baked it, and it was wonderful the day after! I’m not sure what it tastes like while still warm, but I’m guessing it’s pretty good. The flavor of the bread is so good you really don’t need to put anything on it–but you can always add a little dab of butter on a warm slice, or lightly spread some cream cheese on a cooled slice if you want.

BLUEBERRY OAT BANANA BREAD by NancyC

Makes one 8 x 4″ loaf

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons light olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup ripe mashed bananas (2 to 3 bananas, depending on size)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour an 8 x 4″ loaf pan.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In medium bowl, blend olive oil, milk, and egg, blending well, then add vanilla and mashed bananas, blending everything well. Add this mixture to the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Fold in the blueberries.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350˚F for 50 to 52 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

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Fresh blueberries are the best! What types of treats do you like to make with them?