Thanksgiving; check. Black Friday; check. Just like that, the busiest (and best) season has begun. Our weekends will be filled with holiday shopping, christmas card writing, and gift wrapping. Our calendars will be filled with holiday parties and cookie exchanges. We will drink more cocktails (or eggnog…) than usual and cookies will become a daily habit (see above ^ the best season). But before all the holiday recipes ensue, I present to you: easy, homemade granola bars.
For the past two years in dental school, making granola bars has become a necessity for me to have quick snacks without spending $2 a day on granola bars. There are so many benefits to making your own granola bars–they’re healthy for one. They’re cheap. They taste amazing (and make your house smell just as good). They’re easy (one bowl, 10 minutes), and they’re environmentally friendly by saving on packaging and transportation. These granola bars are something you will feel really good about.
I began with this article for the proper ratios. I then used Angela’s recipe as a template. Also, these granola bars have NO ADDED SUGAR. They are sweetened only with bananas. They will give you energy thanks to the oats and fruit . They will satiate your hunger until lunch time thanks to the protein and healthy fats from the almonds, PB, and hemp seeds. However, I love them most for their simplicity. Mix everything together in one bowl, pour into a baking dish, and bake for ten days worth of snacks. Perfect to pop in your mouth this busy season, keeping “hanger” at bay and sneaking in some nutrients–between the cookies and cocktails.
Easy, delicious, and healthy! Why not make these bars?
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed (~1 cup)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter (melted if its not drippy)
- 1 cup oat flour (grind oats in blender or food processor)
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup ground almonds (grind almonds in blender or food processor)
- ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup golden raisins (or other dried fruit- cranberries, red raisins, blueberries, or sub chocolate)
- 1 Tbsp flax meal
- Pinch of salt, to taste
- Pinch of cinnamon, to taste
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds, for topping (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan.
- In a large bowl, mash the banana until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and peanut butter
- Stir oat flour, oats, almonds, pepitas, coconut, and raisins into banana mixture.
- Add flax meal, cinnamon and salt. Mixture should be thick and sticking together.
- Spoon mixture into prepared dish and press down to compact, wetting fingertips slightly if sticky.
- Sprinkle 2 Tbsp hemp seeds on top.
- Bake for 25 minutes until firm and edge are brown.
- Let cool for 20 minutes then slice into 14 bars.
Wrap individually in foil or parchment paper for easy grab-and-go snacks, if desired.
Thanks for reading!