Banana Nutella Granola.

Deliciously Simple Banana Nutella Granola-- healthy, wholesome snacking!

I have to admit, it’s easy to get wrapped up in sharing my dessert recipes with you all the time.  There’s just something about a fudgy brownie and gooey caramel cookie that I know you will love! Maybe it’s all the sugar. 😉

But in all honesty, I find the most joy in baking wholesome goodies that aren’t over the top decadent.  Homemade breakfast bars, munchy granola, fruity smoothies, and whole wheat muffins. In fear that healthier items may bore you, I have scaled back on posting them as much.

But I’m excited to share with you a few new healthier recipes in the coming weeks that are not only friendly on the waist line, but taste good.  Like, really really good.

Banana Nutella Granola. Simple and addicting!

If you’re anything like me, you have a semi-serious infatuation with Nutella. Sure it may not be as healthy as all natural almond butter, but this stuff is as healthy as it can be when paired with granola.

Whether it’s smeared on a piece of toast, swirled into a pumpkin pie, or stuffed into a muffin, there’s pretty much no way I can turn down this creamy, luscious cocoa hazelnut spread.

Banana Nutella Granola. Simple and addicting!

One repeat granola recipe I have is my Dark Chocolate Cherry Nutella Granola.  The tart cherries, the dark chocolate chunks, and the crunchy granola clusters are baked under by a light swirl of Nutella.  The granola itself is surprisingly light tasting, making it hard to stop munching. More often than not, you’ll find us sitting on the couch on a Friday night watching The Big Bang Theory, a beer in hand, and a bowl of this granola. True story…

Today’s granola was an easy switch up from the old favorite. I simply mashed a banana, melted it down with maple syrup, Nutella, vanilla & a pinch of salt.  I poured it over a bowl of oats, flax, & slivered almonds, and baked it into a crunchy oblivion.

I topped the warm granola with semi-sweet chocolate chips and banana chips for added flavor and texture. The chocolate chips are optional. But common, you know you want them in there.

Banana Nutella Granola. Simple and addicting!

The chocolate and Nutella do not overpower the banana taste at all, which is exactly what I was looking for.  Rather, the flavors simply complement each other. Not much Nutella goes into the recipe because I wanted the banana to be able to stand up to its strong chocolate flavor.  I also wanted to keep the granola fairly light.

The precise combination of mashed banana, Nutella, and maple syrup do a great job binding the oats to make all those huge clusters.  I’ve told you before, the big clusters are my favorite part.  I loved how crunchy this granola was.  Even without oil or butter, this granola bakes up into a crispy texture.  It stays nice and crunchy for the first day or two, but as the flavors meld together the granola get softer.  It’s all that banana!

Banana Nutella Granola. Simple and addicting!

The recipe is highly adaptable as long as you stick to the banana/Nutella/maple syrup ratio. Feel free to mix in whichever dried fruits, nuts or seeds you prefer.

Getting creative with mix-ins is what makes granola so much fun to make! I seriously couldn’t stop eating this. Best problem ever.


Banana Nutella Granola

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Makes about 5 crunchy cup of granola. Granola is Gluten Free if using certified gluten free oats.


  • 3 and 3/4 cups (300g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (60g) ground flax*
  • 1 cup (100g) sliced almonds (or any nut)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (1 very large banana)
  • 1/4 cup (75g) Nutella
  • 1/4 cup (82g) pure maple syrup (or honey; if you prefer sugar-free maple syrup, that would work as well)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (about 30) banana chips
  • 1/2 cup (90g) semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, flax, almonds, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the mashed banana, Nutella, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt together. Allow to bubble for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour over the dry ingredients. Stir it all together until all of the oats are moistened.
  4. Spread the oats on the baking sheet in a thin even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and stir. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Top the granola with chocolate chips and banana chips. Gently stir. The chocolate will melt, creating larger chunks of granola.
  5. Allow granola to cool completely; it will harden and crunch up as it is exposed to air. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Additional Notes:

*Ground flax optional. If you do not care to use it, add 1/4 cup more oats.

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72 Responses to “Banana Nutella Granola.”

  1. #
    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted October 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Healthier items do not bore me in the least! Bring ’em on!! This banana nutella combo sounds amazing :)


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 8:33 am

      i’m glad to hear that my healthier recipes aren’t a snoozefest, thanks Colleen!


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    Blog is the New Blackposted October 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

    One word: yes.


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    Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted October 2, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I’m a gigantic banana-nutella fan… so I’m totally sold on this Sally! And since I still have 5 bags of granola, I’m going to make a double batch! :)


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 8:35 am

      ooooh yeah. a banana smeared with nutella is one of my faves. glad you like this combo too laurie :D!


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    Elaineposted October 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

    There isn’t anything boring about healthy, especially when they taste as good as your recipes do. I say keep the healthy recipes coming!


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 10:45 am

      healthy doens’t have to be boring, right?! thanks elaine 😉


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    Hayleyposted October 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Mushy granola is the worst! Yours looks perfectly crunchy and clustered–who can pass up those fatty hunks of goodness? And I LOVE that you threw in some bananas; I love banana chips and the pairing of smooth, velvety Nutella and sweet nanas sounds absolutely incredible. I want this on my yogurt right this second!


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    Meghanposted October 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I love the banana nutella combo, so I’m sold! It looks delicious & perfectly crunchy!


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 10:44 am

      thanks meghan! the banana, chocolate nutella, the crunch… it’s my favorite granola for sure!


  7. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted October 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I need to have this around to snack on!


  8. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted October 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I love Nutella and tend to only buy it when I know I’m going to use it all up in a recipe or I am pretty tempted to just dig a spoon into it at any time :) Thankfully the jars are small. Ha!

    This looks great and love that you used banana two ways in it! And that it got crunchy. That’s KEY!


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      i’m not a *huge* fan of soft granola. soft cookies yes. soft chewy granola? heck no. yes beer & nutella granola… this is one nutella combination i know you wouldn’t like lol


  9. #
    Katie @ Oh Shine Onposted October 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    you’re a girl after my own heart — you so totally knew i’d be all over this recipe.


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      posted it with you in mind, OBVIOUSLY.


  10. #
    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted October 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    You had me at Nutella.


  11. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted October 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I’m a total sucker for Nutella, also! Always have a steady supply in my pantry :)


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      i can’t seem to keep my pantry full of it because i use it in so many recipes! i ran out yesterday… must buy MORE!


  12. #
    Laura Dembowskiposted October 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I love that this doesn’t have any oil or butter. I have never had or made granola but I’m going to have to give it a try! Can’t wait to see more of your healthy and tasty recipes :)


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      laura, you have GOT to try granola!! completely addicting, just like jelly bellies :)


  13. #
    Carrian@ohsweetbasilposted October 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I think I have tried most of my breakfast items with Nutella, now I have one more to try, this looks delicious!


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      I think it’s time for me to try even MORE breakfast items with Nutella…!


  14. #
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted October 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Seriously, keep posting the healthy recipes!! Since I started food blogging, I’ve had a serious problem with an ever-increasing waistline. :-( I’m loving this granola, Sally…I even have some ground flax that I purchased and haven’t used yet. I think your granola is trying to tell me something, LOL!


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Ashley I’m obviously sending you secret messages- MAKE granola!! 😉


  15. #
    Anndyposted October 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Sally! What happpens if you don´t put the flax … or how can I substitute it?
    And…. do you think you have readers from other countries?


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      You may sub wheat germ for the flax OR use an extra 1/2 cup of oats. And about 25% of my readership is outside of the US.


  16. #
    Julie @ Table for Twoposted October 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    banana and nutella is a great combination for granola!! love that it’s not sparse in this :)


    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Julie! But it is sparse,- not overloaded with Nutella- I noted that in the post! :)


  17. #
    Nicole @ Lapetitebakerposted October 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Nutella smeared on a banana is my most favorite snack ever. And now that you made it in granola form, it’s so much healthier. At least, i would like to think so.


  18. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted October 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    WOW. You know you’re just goading me into making more granola, right? It’s like little Sally is on my shoulder screaming in my ear…


  19. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookiesposted October 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I’m not sure I would have thought to put banana in the granola… but I love the idea! Fantastic!


  20. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted October 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I am serious need of yummy good for me desserts since I seem to keep cranking out the calorie laden stuff in my kitchen! Nutella and banana is such a great combo…I can never get enough of it! Love that your granola is crunchy:-)


  21. #
    Caseyposted October 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Yum! I’m a huge fan of granola, especially homemade. This sounds awesome, perfect for a nice breakfast treat. Love starting the day off sweet :-)


    • Sallyreplied on October 3rd, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      “start the day off sweet” – i like your thinking!


  22. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted October 3, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Granola – check! Nutella – check! Banana chips (my ultimate weakness) – check check!

    In other words, I’ll be making this VERY soon. And then dump it in my Fage yogurt.


    • Sallyreplied on October 3rd, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      i LOVE banana chips too Chung Uh.. they were a liast minute add-in to this granola, I’m glad I threw them in!


  23. #
    baker streetposted October 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Banana, nutella, cinnamon and maple?! Oh Sally! This is just my kinda treat! I could totally picture beginning every day with a bowl of your delicious granola.


    • Sallyreplied on October 3rd, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      The cinnamon was a spice I grabbed immediately – i love bananas and cinnamon together!


  24. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblogposted October 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Okay, this granola looks killer. Now I totally need some of this for when I watch The Big Bang Theory.


    • Sallyreplied on October 3rd, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      best show EVER!! 😉


  25. #
    Cherposted January 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Is there any way to provide us with the nutritional information for this recipe?


    • Sallyreplied on January 4th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Cher! Unfortunately, my website does not offer nutritional stats for recipes. Feel free to plug the ingredients into a recipe calculator and divide by however many servings you intend to eat. The recipe makes 5 cups, so if 1/2 cup is the amount you would eat in a serving, divide by 10. Thank you!


    • Tiffanyreplied on March 15th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      I just threw everything into my spark people counter and it totaled to 3,583 calories, 509 carbs, 180 grams of fat, and 88 grams of protein. Definitely don’t go overboard eating this but portioned out correctly this looks like a delicious snack. Thanks for the recipe!


      • Sallyreplied on March 17th, 2013 at 9:34 am

        I don’t really know anyone who would eat the entire 5 cups of granola at once. It certainly is a delicious snack in portions. Thanks!

  26. #
    Caitlinposted January 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Can you use quick cooking oats…all I have :-(


    • Sallyreplied on January 15th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      You may use quick oats, however the granola will be much finer in texture and the chunks won’t be as large. It will be more “crumby.” Thanks Caitlin!


  27. #
    hopeposted February 18, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I have a problem. I’m obsessed with this granola.

    I’ve made my own sort of variation of it (and actually I use a mix of the regular and the quick oats – I like the texture/size mix of the two) – and I don’t use as much Nutella, but I add in some cookie butter (like you do in your other oatmeal bar thing). I add in more mushed up banana and I use salt substitute (high in potassium, which I need – as is the banana, thus adding more of that). Actually, chocolate, is too, so my doctor was encouraging chocolate, so I didn’t feel guilty about the chocolate chips either. Ha ha. I did a mix of some big and some small chips.

    Then I decided instead of buying banana chips that I could just make them myself. So I save several bananas and dry them in the oven just on low heat for a couple of hours and I find that I like those even more than banana chips that can be bought – they’re softer and there’s obviously no preservatives or anything on them (other than I cut them up and put them in a bowl and drizzle lemon juice over them before putting them on the parchment paper on the tray in the oven.). It’s let me have banana chips that are manageable sizes and not so “in your face” in the granola (plus I’m just cheap! Ha!) No..really, it started because I totally was a lame-brain and FORGOT to buy the banana chips the first time so I had to get creative and find a way to “punt” and make it work to make the granola the first time and now I’ve just found it worked well. So for others who might not have access to banana chips – those in other countries or just not where they have a diversity of resources, it’s something else to consider.

    Anyway, props to a great recipe. Now if only I could eating it!!!


    • Sallyreplied on February 18th, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Hey Hope! What a wonderful comment to read this morning. Thank you SO much for taking the time to write to me and share all of your details and experiences with this granola. It’s definitely one of my very favorites as well. I MUST try making DIY dried bananas at home one time. I never really thought about doing that before and you know what? I’m sure they taste MUCH better than the kind you buy from the store. And I love your suggestion for big chips and small chips. I need to try that next time as well. And cookie butter! OH my goodness, you just said the magic words. I love cookie butter! I must… must must must try to make granola with cookie butter. Not sure why I haven’t done that yet! :) Not sure if you saw this granola yet, but it’s my Triple Chocolate Crunch granola – it’s crunchy and has all sorts of chocolate in it. (no nutella):

      Thanks again Hope!


  28. #
    Mandieposted February 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Hey Sally, I made this a few days ago & it is great!

    I made this without chocolate chips, banana chips, or Nutella (had no Nutella on hand so I had to improvise there – 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1 Tbl dark cocoa, & 2 Tbl agave nectar – tastes like Nutella)

    I am having the exact same “problem” you had – cannot stop eating this! lol

    This is the first recipe I have tried from your website & I LOVE it ;-D


    • Sallyreplied on February 27th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Ahh! I have to try your version Mandie! It sounds incredible. I’m digging the peanut butter you added! I honestly feel like ALL granola is addicting. :) I can never get enough of it! Thanks for letting me know about your version and how much you like it.. =)


      • Mandiereplied on February 27th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

        Yes, granola IS addicting! Well, if you try doing my “Nutella Substitution”, please tell me your thoughts on how you like it – I’d love to know!

  29. #
    Hayleyposted April 6, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I’m thinking about sending this to my boyfriend who is deployed over seas. Would this stay fresh for up to three weeks though?


    • Sallyreplied on April 6th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Yes, it should be fine. That’s so sweet of you Hayley!


  30. #
    Kelly K @ Dances with Chaosposted July 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Would these work with another fruit, like strawberries? My son and I aren’t huge banana fans (I only like banana unmushed, perfectly ripe, and straight out of the peel and hate the flavor without that).

    It looks so yummy…


  31. #
    Sarahposted September 18, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I like how you said that chocolate chips were optional haha too funny!


    • Sallyreplied on September 18th, 2013 at 10:29 am



  32. #
    Alice Fassbaenderposted October 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Hello Sally,

    I don´t want to be a stranger, that´s why I´m writing my comment! :-)

    I don´t like to bake, but I still found your blog and I´m soooo happy about it! As much as you love your oven, I love my crockpot. I cook with it almost every day and my crockpot granolas became my passion.

    Once I had started with that and after I had found out the basics to follow I had tons if ideas.

    As we love toast with nutella and banana I thought it would be great to have a granola with a simular taste.

    I used cookie spice instead of cinnamon, vegtabel oil and some water, vanilla sugar, haselnuts, of course oats and flax seed and some sesame (I always use that). And maple leave sirup.

    After cooling down I put in some haselnut brittle and chocolate flakes into it. Also some wheat bran (I always do).

    Unfortunatly I didn´t have any banana chips……but I still LOVE it!!!

    I´m so happy that I found your granola recipes. It inspires me even more and I love the way you write! It also helps me getting my English knowledge back.

    I stayed in the USA from 1989 to 1990 as an exchange student………so my English is kind of rusty….but it´s all coming back to me…..I read lots of american blogs to find recipes for my crockpots. They are not that well-known in Germany…..what a shame…:-)

    All the best from Germany,
    ♥ Alice ♥


    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Alice, your English is just fine! I understood every word. I love my crockpot too! I need to explore the world of crockpot granola now. Great suggestion! And your version of this granola sounds fantastic. Thanks for saying hi!


  33. #
    Alice Fassbaenderposted October 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Oh every singel word from you makes me very happy! :-)

    And of course it takes longer in the “crocky” (up to 3 hours, stiring every 30 -45 minutes) but for me it is more relaxing. And we love flakes instead of chunks. That works fantastic.

    Soo, I will post my recipes on my itsybitsy blog….and if I´ll ever make one of yours….can I post them with poiting to your blog and the original of course?

    Because I think alot of people would be happy about translated recipes.

    My blog is this one:

    Still without recipes, but I want to change that.

    Have a nice day!


    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Yes, of course. You may say you obtained the recipe from my blog and link back to me. Thank you Alice!


  34. #
    Aliceposted October 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks!♥ And of course I will post a link to your recipe. Credit where credit is due!:-) I will let you know when I found the time.


  35. #
    Renaeposted January 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I love this reciepe so much I’ve made it a few times! It’s currently cooking away in the oven so I can take it to work tonight too. :) I did however substitute the flax for crisp rice cereal and added a gob of organic peanut butter this time. Of course I was nibbling on it before it went into the oven, it is amazing!

    Between this and the pink lemondae cupcakes (which btw are also AMAZING, I take them into every potluck I go to, everyone RAVES about them!), you have stolen my little blog loving heart! 😀


    • Renaereplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Shoot, the pink lemonade cupcakes I swore I got from you! Well, you should try them. 😉


      • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

        I figured you meant another recipe. I’d love to try something like that! I love pink lemonade.

    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Hey Renae! I’m so happy you love this granola and your addition of crisp rice cereal sounds fantastic! I must try it next.


  36. #
    Hayleyposted July 8, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I have this granola in the oven right now and it smells soooo good! I used peanut butter instead of nutella because of an allergy, but I kept the chocolate chips. Of course 😉


  37. #
    Hayleyposted July 11, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I just had to comment again because I made these on Tuesday and it’s Friday and by myself, I have already eaten so much of this granola there’s not even a full cup of it left! This was the first time I have ever made granola from scratch and I was not disappointed. Whenever I have some overripe bananas, one of them will be used to make this recipe for sure 😀


  38. #
    Rebeposted September 28, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Hey Sally! I live in madrid and Im only 13, and many ingredients are difficult to find. I wanted to make this granola soo badly because i just love it so much but Im allergic to bananas can I just not use bananas? And what can I substitute the maple syrup with? Can i just melt the nutella and spread it on the nutella?

    Ily so much, have fun in your honeymoon.
    Thanks for answering !


  39. #
    beeposted January 21, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    My granola burnt up after 15mins – any advice on how to prevent this? :(


  40. #
    Jillianposted July 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Wow Sally this sounds and looks delicious! I have recently started making homemade granola at least once a week, and will definitely have to add this recipe to my list! Thanks for sharing.



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