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Granola Banana Bread

overhead view of Granola Banana Bread in a white metal loaf pan

As often as I eat granola and as much as I love banana bread, I’m a bit perplexed as to how I’ve not combined the two before now. It’s really a perfect combination. Sweet, moist banana bread filled with crunchy granola? Now it seems so obvious!

And don’t you just love banana bread? It’s great for a breakfast treat or just a snack. The same can be said for granola, whether you’re eating it by the handfuls or with yogurt. Now you can have both at the same time! Similar to my banana nut bread recipe, this granola version has a tough of irresistible crunch!

overhead view of slices of Granola Banana Bread on white plates

Of course, the great thing about this bread is that the taste and even the texture will vary depending on the granola you use. I usually make my own granola so I can get it just right for my tastes. My favorite granola is heavy on the oats and features sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and coconut.

Go take a look at your favorite granola. If the ingredients sound like a good match with bananas, then get baking!

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Granola Banana Bread

Yield 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Use your favorite granola to add big flavor to your banana bread with Granola Banana Bread!

overhead view of Granola Banana Bread in a white metal loaf pan


  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granola*
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a standard 9"x 5" loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, granola, oats, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the butter, buttermilk, bananas, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the butter mixture and stir just until combined.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan 10 minutes. Then transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely.


*You can find my favorite granola recipe here.

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    15 Comments on “Granola Banana Bread”

  1. Can you please publish your granola recipe? I love homemade granola and have only seemed to master a chocolate one. Would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

  2. Seriously genius!! This banana bread looks so good 🙂

  3. I bet the granola adds some great crunch to every bite!

  4. Um yes this is awesome. I would totally sprinkle some granola on top too before I baked it. And then again on top of a slice topped with yogurt maybe. Granola everything!

  5. I’m wondering what was Paulas’ secret. The bread sound delicious.

  6. Super good – A few changes, of course, Whole wheat flour, Half coconut oil, half butter, Used only 1/2 cup light brown sugar. Surprisingly light. Very nice recipe.

  7. Hello there. Thank you for the recipe. All cooped up during the quarantine, in Ecuador – South America. No bakeries are open (nothing is open except supermarkets and pharmacies, both with super long lines) and enjoying making my no-knead bread but needed some good old banana bread and wanted to get rid of some extra granola. Was waiting for some bananas to ripen that I got delivered to my door last week so finally jumped on the opportunity to make some. This was perfect. I didn’t have buttermilk or any type of milk for that matter, so I used a 1/4 cup of yogurt and 1/2 cup of fresh oat milk. I used a bit more cinnamon (1 teaspoon total) and added 1/4 cup of chopped raisins to the mix, then added a sugar/cinnamon coating on top before baking. It is in the oven and the house smells wonderful, your recipe smells great so far 🙂 Hope you are well.

  8. Tried this today since I was excited to use up a bag of granola and bananas in one go. And it is delicious! I used a peanut butter granola. It’s a really nice twist on an old favorite.
    I have more bananas (I freeze them) so will be trying some other ideas you have here.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. What can replace buttermilk with applesauce?

  10. Can I replace the buttermilk with applesauce? First comment was typed too fast.

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