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Apple, Banana, and Peanut Butter Granola RecipeApple, Banana, and Peanut Butter Granola


Apple, Banana, and Peanut Butter Granola

Granola adds a tasty final touch to a fruit and yogurt parfait, but packaged varieties are loaded with calories, fat, and sugar. Making your own granola is surprisingly simple. This version uses fruit and peanut butter to reduce the sugar and oil that cause packaged granolas to be so high in calories.

Tips for the cook: The best thing about granola is that it can easily be modified to fit your preferences. Use almond butter, add walnuts or sunflower seeds, and swap the cranberries with raisins or dried apricots. If you like your granola on the sweet side, consider adding two tablespoons of maple syrup or honey to the applesauce mixture for only a slight increase in calories per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.9g
2%Saturated Fat 0.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 22mg
Total Carbohydrate 14.7g
Dietary Fiber 2.2g
Sugars 2.8g
Protein 2.9g
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Yield: About 5 cups, 20 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 45 minutes


  • ½ medium banana, mashed
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the banana, applesauce, and peanut butter. Heat on medium, stirring the ingredients to combine. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the mixture is smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, peanuts, and cranberries or raisins. Pour in the applesauce mixture. Stir to coat all ingredients. Stir in the cinnamon and salt.
  4. Pour the granola out onto the baking sheet and spread it into a single layer. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring the granola every 15 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool on the pan. Once cooled transfer to an airtight container.
Lori Rice, M.S., is a nutritional scientist and author with a passion for healthy cooking, exercise physiology, and food photography.
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