Granola bars are perhaps one of the easiest and healthy snacks to carry in case of an emergency hunger pang. However, so many brands are out there making it hard to distinguish which ones keep the ingredients pure and which ones compromise quality. Skip the hassle and easily make your own batch using this healthy homemade granola bars recipe that only uses banana and dried apricots as sweeteners and completely nixes any oils or added sugars. The result is a simple, protein and fiber-packed treat you can eat to your heart's desire.
This granola bar recipe is meant to be a foundation for your experimentation! Use different kinds of dried fruit, seeds and nuts, and all you have to make sure is that the measurements stay the same. Enjoy!
Healthy Homemade Granola Bars Recipe
- 4 bananas, mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Few dashes sea salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mash the banana in a large bowl and stir in the vanilla. In a food processor, process the oats until finer, but still recognizably coarse. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and add in the remaining ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold until evenly combined.
Pour the mixture on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use a spatula to create a large rectangle, pressing the mixture so it holds tightly together and is about 1 1/2-inch in thickness.
Pop into the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm. Let cool before slicing into granola bar chunks!
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