This picture should tell you how good these bars are. I forgot to snap a pic before I started eating!
These granola bars are my own creation and they are awesome. No sugar, no butter, no unhealthies.
At about 150 nutrient-dense calories each, these bars are nutritious, tasty, and filling. Perfect for an anytime snack. I love to slather one with natural peanut butter and devour. <3 Enjoy!
Banana Granola Bars
- 1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 bananas
- 1/4 cup molasses (or honey, pure maple syrup, etc.), more or less to preference
- Scant 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, optional
Toast oats and pecans for about 10 minutes at 300 degrees. Watch carefully so they don’t burn.
In a large bowl mix the coconut flour, coconut, flax, cranberries/raisins, salt, and cinnamon. Add the toasted oats and nuts and mix all together.
Microwave bananas for 2 minutes until broken down and all sweet and liquidy. Add molasses (or other sweetener) to hot banana puree and stir to combine. Then add the peanut butter and vanilla to the banana mixture and stir until well combined.
Pour wet mix into the dry ingredients and incorporate completely.
Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top if you so desire! Press mixture firmly into pan.
Bake in 350F oven for about 30 minutes. Let bars cool completely.
When completely cool, remove from pan by pulling up by the parchment paper.
Place parchment and bars on a cutting board and cut into bars or squares. They will keep for several weeks in the fridge.
Calorie count: 1,745
# of bars: 12
Calories per bar: 145 calories