homemade granola bars...

{via a dash of sass}

{via a dash of sass}

Homemade Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats (use a gluten-free variety if making gluten-free bars)
3 large (approx 1 1/2 cups) very ripe bananas, mashed
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup almond or peanut butter
1 cup nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), sesame seeds, etc.)
1/2 cup dried fruit (apricots, raisins, dried blueberries, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt, a sprinkle to taste


- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with two pieces of parchment paper, leave an inch overhang on each side as handles to remove the bars once they are cooked.
- Spread oats and nuts on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and salt. Stir to coat. Toast for approximately 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the bananas, nut butter, vanilla and agave nectar or honey. Stir for a few minutes until fully combined and warm.
- In a large bowl, combine the toasted oats/nuts with the warm banana mixture. Stir in the dried fruit.  If you are using larger pieces of fruit, such as dried apricots, dice them into smaller pieces about the size of raisins so that all fruit is roughly the same size.
- Pour the mixture into prepared pan. Use a spatula to evenly spread and flatten the mixture.
- Bake 25-30 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown. Let cool. Once cool, place pan in refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes to let fully chill. Once chilled, remove bars from pan using the parchment handles. With a sharp knife, cut into 12 bars. Wrap individually and store in an airtight container for up to a week.



dreamday said...

mmm, these look and sound so good! i'm going to try and be a little "better" in the kitchen. this recipe will be a good start. :)

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