Vegan Plant Base Banana Granola

by Jill Dalton

Vegan Plant Based Banana Granola

Jill Dalton
This granola recipe is sugar free and delicious! I am not much of a fan of granola because it is usually way too sweet and most granolas have sugar, honey or agave nectar. This recipe uses bananas and dates to make it sweet so you get all the fiber and the sweetness. It is also really light but hearty enough to get you through a busy morning.
5 from 5 votes
Servings 10 people
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 48 minutes
Total 58 minutes

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  • Mix the bananas, dates, and water in a blender. Mix all other ingredients in a large bowl. Pour banana mixture over the dry ingredient. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper. Bake at 350 for ten minutes. Stir and spread evenly again. Repeat 10 minute intervals, stirring and resmoothing until mixture is golden brown and dry. About 50 minutes all together.
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Nutrition info

Calories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 276mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 18IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 2mg

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Elizabeth Ord June 27, 2017 - 1:39 pm

What do you normally eat for breakfast? I love toast but I want to put butter on it so that doesn’t work anymore. I’m not a fan of smoothies and I’ve tried steel cut oats which I do like but not every morning. Do you have any suggestions for eating a plant based breakfast? That is the only meal I’m struggling to change.

Jill Dalton June 27, 2017 - 3:02 pm

I alternate between a banana and an apple with nut butter and a bowl of blueberries and banana chunks, sprinkled with flax meal and walnuts and almond milk poured over it.

susan June 20, 2018 - 10:11 am

i am 63 need to lose three stone badly please can you help.

Regards Susan

Jill Dalton June 20, 2018 - 11:04 pm

My best advice is to read the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman =)

Jen Russell July 19, 2017 - 12:54 pm

How long does this stay fresh? I’ve used banana in some items like chia crackers or oatmeal cookies, but they go bad quickly.

Jill Dalton July 19, 2017 - 6:21 pm

It will stay good for about a week but maybe longer if you keep it in the fridge.

Jen Russell July 19, 2017 - 12:57 pm

Breakfast for me, often is noatmeal. Which is chia seeds, flax meal, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla and cinnamon all cooked together. Top with any fruit, nuts, or just eat plain. It’s a favorite now actually.

Sonya January 18, 2018 - 1:36 pm

This is amazing!!!!!!

Tammy February 3, 2018 - 8:53 pm

Can you substitute raisins for the dates? If so, how much would you use? Thanks.

Jill Dalton February 4, 2018 - 10:00 am

Yes, I would use about 1/2 cup =)

Megan February 4, 2018 - 8:00 am

This looks wonderful, however my youngest son is allergic to tree nuts . The only nuts he can have are peanuts, almonds and coconut. So many vegan recipes call for nuts, what would you suggest I do when the recipe calls for a nut he can’t eat like this one?

Jill Dalton March 8, 2018 - 10:39 pm

Just replace the nuts he can’t have with nuts or dried fruit that he can have. Granola is pretty forgiving =)

kristi March 2, 2018 - 5:02 pm

Can I use quick cooking oats? Don’t laugh… I’m totally new to this and I’ve only ever made oats for a bowl of breakfast oatmeal.

Jill Dalton March 2, 2018 - 8:10 pm

I’m pretty sure it would work just fine. No need to feel silly asking. At least you are getting started🤗 Be sure to ask if you have any more questions.

Amber March 9, 2018 - 5:00 am

Making this for the first time how much is a serving??

Jill Dalton March 9, 2018 - 9:00 am

1 cup.

Dory April 21, 2018 - 6:21 am

It is soooooo gooooood!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I simply love everything about this granola: it is sweet but not too sweet. It is very crunchy and doesn’t get soggy in the milk, it is light but fills me up nicely….
It used different typs of nuts and it tasted good every time, sometimes i feel like cinnamon, sometimes I don’t. It’s good in vegan yogurt or in plant milk.
I even made i with freshly ground oats and it worked! After baking sometimes I mix it up with some dry figs or raisins, I put in cocoa nib…. What ever i want – and it alwasy tastes great.

Dory February 24, 2019 - 5:25 am

Since April I’ve made this granola so many times and it never didn’t work.
I also tried to replace the bananas with apple sauce or a mix of both. It also works so well, tastes fantastic and is very crunchy (but less sweet).
It is the best sos-free granola recipe on the internet. I’m sure! 🙂

Jill Dalton February 24, 2019 - 9:21 am

Thank you Dory! =)

Chenyang Lyu July 7, 2018 - 7:26 pm

can I use porridge oats?Thanks in ahead. BTW, what’s the reason to avoid milk and yoghourt? I mean they are not harm to our body, aren’t they?

Trish September 13, 2018 - 10:28 pm

How can this be sugar free? Bananas and dates are high in sugar, even if its natural sugar. Oats are loaded with carbs. I do low carb/sugar free but want to incorporate more plant based foods into my diet. Do you know the macros for this? Net carbs, etc.

Martha March 7, 2020 - 5:45 pm

I believe “sugar free” is meant as no processed sugar, though I can be mistaken (I haven’t read the book). You can read Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s view on sugar in this article:

Also, you can use a website like to calculate the macros.

Hope this helps. 🙂

Nicole Harkins February 4, 2019 - 10:18 pm

I love the idea of using banana, but in an attempt to allow it to keep 2-4 weeks instead of 1. Can I substitute it for something else?

Dory February 24, 2019 - 5:29 am

If you bake it really dry it will keep longer in the fridge. At least two weeks. I keep it in a big jar.

Tony September 2, 2019 - 2:32 am

Mine came out somewhat burnt tasting after cooking for 50 min @350. Didn’t realize how much crunchier the granola got after cooling down. Would try 40 minutes next time.

Ava September 21, 2020 - 11:57 am

can I use ripped Mango, instead banana? thanks.

Jill Dalton September 21, 2020 - 4:30 pm

I haven’t tried it but I think it would work

Jill Dalton September 21, 2020 - 4:31 pm

I think it would work.

Magy April 20, 2021 - 8:49 pm

I had very few of these ingredients but decided to give it a whirl. Here’s what I used: mixture of pecans and walnuts, no pumpkin seeds, chopped (not sliced or slivered) almonds, two HEAPING cups oats, 4 HEAPING Tbsp ground flax seeds, instead of chia, 5 medjool dates and the written amount of water, vanilla, bananas. Had to cook a little longer, around 1 hr 30 mins, but I am at a very high elevation with definitely could have contributed to that, anyway, it turned out amazing and its sensational with some milk and fruit!

Jodi Coburn December 23, 2021 - 8:18 pm

Very good, easy to put together. I used a sil-pat and I have convection in my oven, I think al ower temp would have been better. Next time I’m going to add cinnamon! I think I could make it frequently for my family! Thank you!

Donna August 30, 2023 - 1:10 pm

This is a great recipe … so easy and I love that it doesn’t have any added sugar. I did use just a touch of maple syrup when I made it and I also substituted sunflower seeds for the pumpkin seeds since that’s what I had on hand. The bananas really give it a nice texture and turned out crunchier than another granola recipe I had made recently. (I prefer crunchy). Thanks so much.


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