This Honey Oat Banana Bread Cake topped with Granola Crunch Topping is a delicious twist on your classic loaf of banana bread.
This post was sponsored by Nature Valley™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, all opinions are my own.
I have got to tell you about my love affair with granola. I will be the first to admit that I eat at least a handful of granola every single day. Yogurt, berries, and delicious granola on top is basically the best mid-morning snack ever. The weird thing is that this is my snack every day. Really.
Do any of you get in a snack rut where you are literally eating the same thing every day? There I am in the office break room putting my snack together, and of course a co-worker comes in and asks what healthy snack I’m whipping up for my snack that day. I don’t know why people even ask anymore. It’s the same old. Berrries, yogurt, and granola. Nothing new. So it’s just awkward at that point when I tell them for the hundredth time what I’m eating.
But the other day, something amazing happened. I had a new morning snack, and my goodness, I may have just found a new addiction. One thing is constant though, there is granola. There will always be granola.
I had the pleasure of trying out Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, and I am thrilled to say that it exceeded my expectations. I was practically eating it by the handfuls.
The awesome thing is that there is actually some added nutritional value, as opposed to the sugar-laden granola I am sometimes consuming. 1/2 cup Nature Valley™ Protein Granola provides 10 grams of protein and 22-26 grams of whole grain, at least 48 grams of whole grain recommended daily. Now that’s something I can get on board with. It’s not often that you can eat something like granola that’s generally full of carbs and feel good about the added protein. I know I am excited about every little bit of added protein I can get in my vegetarian diet.
So I’m pretty much at the point where I’m adding it to as many things as I can. Obviously my yogurt and berries. Handfuls as I pass the kitchen. Maybe some ice cream at one point. And my most recent addition was to my classic banana bread. What a welcome addition that was! The added crunch. The oat and honey flavor. It was just a layer of deliciousness that I needed.
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup whole oats
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup ripe banana , mashed (about 2-3 bananas)
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey + enough to drizzle on the top
- 1 cup granola
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 9-inch cake pan.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves.
Add egg whites, bananas, honey, and applesauce. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Drizzle with honey and top with granola.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.