I've been wanting to try my hand at homemade granola bars for years now. I'm not sure whats been stopping me, probably the ease of simply picking up a box of them at the grocery store.
In an effort to eat overall less processed this month, I'm happy to say I took the leap and experimented with my first homemade granola bar, but sad to say the result wasn't very granola bar like. However, they were yummy and still worth sharing as my goal is to inspire, not necessarily give you the most perfect recipe.
They tasted delicious. It was more the texture that make me hesitant to call them granola bars. I wonder if I made them thinner (in a larger pan) they would have come out crispy. Mine were soft but not "chewy" in the traditional granola sense.
The 18 month old loved them and has eaten them for days now.
The 7 year old wasn't convinced. He said he liked the way they tasted but didn't like the large chunks of nuts. Next time I'll won't leave any whole and see if it makes a difference.
Here's how I made this version…
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup almond milk (other milks would work, it's just for moisture)
- 2 tbsp honey (42g)
- 3 tbsp Chia Seeds (32g)
- 1 ½ Cup Old Fashioned Oats (120g)
- 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (28)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup of roasted peanuts
- ½ cup cocoa roasted almonds
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mash the banana. I happen to have a professional banana masher on hand.
He does a great job too!
Add the milk and honey to the mashed banana and whisk.
In another bowl add the chia seeds, oats, chocolate chips, and cinnamon. Measure out the nuts adding a few to the bowl if you want the chunks and the rest to your bullet or processor.
Pulse the nuts to make a meal.
Note: Don't run the processor continuously or you'll get nut butter!
Add the processed nuts to the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well to combine all the yumminess.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.
Lay some parchment paper in an 8 x 8 baking pan (or larger if you want thinner bars,) pour in the nut/oat mixture and press it into the corners.
I used the back of a form to pat down and flatten.
Bake for 30 minutes. Time will vary if you used a larger pan.
Remove from the oven and pull out the parchment paper. Cut into 10 bars.
Marvel and the nut and oat yumminess!
I know I did. 🙂
Once cooled, I cut and wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge. They've been in there for 5 days so far and are still good. I'm guessing they'll be fine for about a week.
I've eaten about 1 a day since I made them (enjoying it right now actually) and thought at first I wouldn't like them out of the fridge. I was wrong. I can't wait to try my hand at another batch!
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|10||1 nut and oat bar|
|180||10g||4g||old: 4||new: 5|