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Fruity-Nutty Banana, Chocolate Granola Bars

 
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Making your own granola bars is always the best. It tastes delicious and it's packed with you favorite ingredients. After I tried making my first bunch, there is no turning back to store-bought ones any more. Just made these bars a while ago, still cooling, and smells divine :-)

Yield

12

servings

Prep

10

min

Cook

30

min

Ready

40

min

Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber, Low Sodium
 

Ingredients

2 each bananas
mashed
½ cup peanut butter
or almond butter
2 tablespoons cherries, dried
chopped
*
2 tablespoons blueberries
dried and chopped
¼ cup apricots, dried
chopped
*
¼ cup prunes
chopped
*
¼ cup cranberries, dried
chopped
*
1 cup rolled oats
quick-cooking or rolled
¼ cup ground flax seed
freshly ground
*
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
*
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
black
½ cup almonds
chopped, or other nuts
*
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
½ cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
*

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350℉ (180℃).

Line a 8 by 8-inch or a similar capacity baking pan with parchment paper or foil.

In a large saucepan, heat together mashed banana and peanut or almond butter over medium heat until slightly bubbles.

Remove from the heat, add all the dried fruits, oats, ground flax seeds, sesame seeds, and all the nuts into the saucepan.

Stir with a wooden spatula until well mixed.

Stir in the chocolate chips until well combined.

Transfer the mixture into the prepare baking pan, spread the mixture evenly with a rubber spatular, and smooth the top.

Bake for about 30 minutes until the top is firm to touch.

Let cool in the pan on a wire rack completely.

Cut into bars and enjoy.

The granola bars can be kept in an air-tight container in the frige for at least a week or in the freezer for up to months.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 50g (1.8 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 15948% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 2% Iron 7%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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