Chewy Granola Snack Bars

These oatmeal snacks bars are naturally sweetened with bananas and dates and… surprise! That’s the base recipe. 3 ingredients. Easy as fudge! IMG_2054

Granola bars are meant to be a nutritious, easy, on-the-go snack food, but unfortunately the majority of granola bars sold in the supermarket are loaded with too much sugar, processed ingredients, artificial flavours and preservatives. And look, I still love me a Quaker S’mores bar, but that is dessert, and not something I rely on to fuel my energy when I am hungry.

These homemade granola bars are fresh and chewy, with lots of playing room to add your favourite mix-ins. Bananas, like apple sauce, can replace butter in recipes to add moisture and hold everything together. Dates add sweetness, naturally, and are also sticky to add to the chewy texture of the bars. If you like nuts and seeds, I highly recommend adding a big handful for healthy fats and a bit of crunch. For more sweetness, you could add chocolate chips and coconut, and some extra spices like cinnamon for flavouring. Make them your own!

Chewy Granola Snack bars

  • Servings: 8 bars
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Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe large bananas, or 3 small ones
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried, pitted dates (chopped)

Optional:

  • 1/4 cup nuts or seeds. (I used toasted black sesame powder. YUM!!!) 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Let’s go:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325F
  2. Lightly grease a 9×9 inch baking dish with oil or butter
  3. Mash bananas in a medium bowl until no chunks remain.
  4. Stir in the oats and mix-ins until well mixed.
  5. Pat the mixture evenly into the baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes before cutting into bars.
  7. Store covered at room temperature for 5 days.

 

Recipe from thekitchn. Thank you! 

 

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