I got lucky this weekend and I got to go home to visit my family and while I was home I made some of these delicious homemade granola bars. They are my absolute favorite snack. I also added a bit of chocolate to mine so take that into account if you want to make them exactly the way I did. I hope you guys and gals enjoy!
- 2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup very ripe mashed bananas
- 1/4 cup honey (substitute with brown rice syrup if vegan)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped dates (or other add-ins of your choice)
Preheat oven to 350F and prepare an 8 inch x 8 inch baking pan by lining it with a sheet of aluminum foil, leaving a few inches of overhang on the sides to allow for easy removal. Grease the foil with cooking spray or oil and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flax, cinnamon, and salt. Add mashed bananas, honey, and vanilla, mixing until fully combined. Fold in dates.
Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Using a greased spatula or your hands, spread the mixture evenly in the pan, pressing down firmly.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top sets and edges begin to turn golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.
Serves: 10 | Serving Size: 1 bar
Per serving: Calories: 130; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 3g
Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 122mg; Iron: 5%; Vitamin A: 0%; Vitamin C: 2%; Calcium: 1%