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.