Granola bars are awesome. You can pretty much throw together whatever you want, smoosh it all down, and provided it sticks together, voila – done. So much tastier and healthier than anything you can find on a shelf.
I made this recipe up on the spot after bookmarking several ideas and not knowing where to start. With a banana base and add-ons like chocolate, cinnamon and nuts, I almost forgot that I was making granola bars and not banana chocolate chip bread. Mmmmmm. Suffice to say, these are delicious, quick, easily adjustable AND they pack a decent health punch – containing good sources of protein, fiber and fats to keep you on your toes in between meals.
Chewy Granola Bar Recipe
Makes 6-8 regular sized bars
→ 2 ripe bananas
→ 1 1/2 cups oats
→ 1 cup mixed goodies (I used almonds, cashews, sunflower & sesame seeds)
→ 3/4 cup shredded coconut
→ 1/4 cup dark chocolate pieces
→ A big dollop of nut butter (I used almond hazelnut butter)
→ A modest squeeze of honey or maple syrup
→ A good old sprinkling of cinnamon
→ 1 tsp vanilla extract
→ A pinch of salt
→ Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
→ Get those bananers in a bowl and mash them up!
→ Toss the rest of the ingredients in with the bananers and mix it all up.
→ Scrape the mixture out into a ceramic baking dish and smoosh it down and around. Make sure it’s packed tightly. If you’re worried about things getting stuck, grease up that baking dish with some coconut oil first.
→ Bake for 15-30 minutes, depending on whether you prefer chewy or crispy. I was in the mood for chewy, so I took them out after 15 minutes. The smell of bananas, cinnamon and chocolate wafting out from the kitchen may have also had something to do with that.
→ Optional step: carve out a good hunk straight from the oven, smear with butter and enjoy.
→ Transfer to the fridge and let cool for at least an hour before cutting up.
And that’s it! This recipe was so easy and delicious, but I’m already thinking of ways to improve. Maybe cherries and slivered almonds next time? Or dark chocolate and peppermint? Or peanut butter and jam???
What’s in your perfect granola bar?