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Simple Banana Bread with Granola

This simple banana bread recipe can be made with lots of options. I used granola and banana chips, but you might want chocolate chips. This easy banana bread can be customized to your tastes!
simple banana bread recipe

The week has flown by with our mysterious visitor from China who comes and goes, that sometime we aren’t even sure if he’s home.

It seems he’s going more than he’s coming and I’m missing him even though he’s close by.

I have tried to keep him well fed while he has been around, so  he can have a change from his normal diet of noodles and noodles, sold on the streets of Shanghai. His favorite noodle man from Mongolia even asked him to bring back some American hot sauce!

It has been a crazy few weeks and tonight the daughter arrives and tomorrow my parents.

 I am exhausted but in a good way, and I do have a lot more to cook. Cleaning is also on the agenda, because after all the cooking and schlepping of grocery bags through the still dirty winter garage, my floors look gray.

With Easter upon us, I wanted to pass this bread recipe along. I made it for the boy to take to Utah to share with his ski buddies and he told me that it was a hit.

I’ve been so behind on posting that I’m actually taking a sitting break, and writing feels quite relaxing compared to what I’ve been doing recently!

I’d like to keep my butt parked a bit longer, but I’ve got to hit Trader Joe’s early so I can begin today’s marathon.

Banana Granola Toasting Bread is a great way to start your day or a perfect late day snack. I love it toasted with butter! #bananabread #quickbread

Since every blog it seems must have a granola recipe, it also appears to need a banana bread recipe.

I love banana bread and often keep my brown bananas frozen in a plastic bag in the freezer to have on hand for baking. Usually I forget about them, but I was on the ball when I made this recipe.

This isn’t a cakey banana bread. It is hearty and good and dense, all on its own.

Filled with my crack granola and toasted banana chips, this simple banana bread recipe really kicks it up a notch!

Toasting this bread elevates it to a whole new level!  The aroma of bananas perfumes the kitchen and with a little  big slather of butter, you have just made a special kind of toast.

Now I won’t be eating this for Passover, but you can certainly enjoy this for your breakfast treat!

Happy Easter and Happy Passover and I’ll be back next week with lots of good things that at the moment are sitting on my camera!

I had planned to get out a bunch of Passover recipes but well, you see how that went. So it’s off to Trader Joe’s and my marathon day!

Banana Granola Toasting Bread is a great way to start your day or a perfect late day snack. I love it toasted with butter! #bananabread #quickbread
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Banana Bread

Banana Granola Toasting Bread

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 65 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 -2 Loaves 1x
  • Category: Breakfast/Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


This simple banana bread recipe is totally delicious on its own. Add in some granola, banana chips, chocolate chips or coconut if you want. Either way this is good!


Units Scale

1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c coconut oil or vegetable oil
1/2 c Greek yogurt
1 t vanilla
1 c mashed bananas ( A little more, a little less, doesn’t hurt anything)
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
2 c flour
1 c of your favorite granola (or use mine which you should make at least once) (optional)
1/2 c banana chips (sold with the dried fruit) (optional)


Preheat oven to 375. Grease your pans.

Mix together sugar, eggs and oil. Add yogurt and vanilla. Add bananas and walnuts.

Combine flour with baking powder and baking soda. (This distributes the leavening agents better.) Stir into banana mixture.

Last, but not least, stir in the granola and banana chips if using.

Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool on a rack. Slice and toast-or just eat. But make sure to enjoy!

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Makes 1 8 x 4 loaf and 1 4 x 7 loaf.

One could stir in coconut flakes or chocolate chips, too!




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Wednesday 8th of April 2015

Glad you had some good family time, even if stressful! That bread though - I will have to make that and send it to my step-son, he would love it! I'll have to check out your crack granola too - hugs Abbe!

Abbe Odenwalder

Friday 10th of April 2015

I do think it would ship well! The granola is the bomb! (Can't believe I said that!)


Tuesday 7th of April 2015

Sounds like you have had a BUSY week! Mine was a sleeper in comparison. :) Love your banana bread. The banana chips are a great addition!

Abbe Odenwalder

Friday 10th of April 2015

I am so ready for a sleeper! Thanks!

Sippity Sup

Tuesday 7th of April 2015

IN contrast your busy household, mine is like an echo chamber. We've been gone more than we're home and I miss the hustle and bustle of the life you describe. Including gray floors. GREG

Abbe Odenwalder

Friday 10th of April 2015

You could have come here! Always room for more! I love to travel but it is always nice to come home. You need to create some hustle and bustle, Greg!

Chris Scheuer

Saturday 4th of April 2015

Yum, this sounds delightful and I can only imagine how delicious it would be toasted! Have fun with your company! It is a lot of work to have guests but so worthwhile!

Abbe Odenwalder

Friday 10th of April 2015

Very worthwhile. One must celebrate happy times when one can! Thanks, Chris!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen

Friday 3rd of April 2015

It looks wonderful, Abbe! I'll definitely be copying this recipe. Happy Passover to you and your family!

Abbe Odenwalder

Friday 10th of April 2015

Copy away, Susan! Hope you had a great Easter!