I wanted to make some granola bars so that I can carry a healthy snack with me when I’m on the go and these granola bars turned out absolutely delicious. I had to share. And not only they are delicious, but they are very healthy too (well, of course, haha!).
They are made with rolled oats, banana, pure maple syrup, and plenty of superfoods including hemp and flax seeds, walnuts, raw cacao nibs (or you could use dark chocolate chips or carob chips). If you are missing some of the ingredients, you can always substitute with a similar ingredient you have at home. I also added a little coconut oil and cinnamon for flavor and health reasons.
These granola bars are very nutritious and in fact, they could almost make a quick breakfast to go or a great morning snack. They are very easy to make and they will be ready in less than 30 minutes. They aren’t very sweet but the maple syrup combined with the natural sweetness of the banana is enough in my opinion. However, you could always add a little more maple syrup or add another healthy sweetener such as coconut sugar.
I hope you try them and I hope you and your family will enjoy them. They are vegan, gluten and soy-free. If you have a gluten intolerance or allergy, make sure the oats you buy are labeled gluten-free.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup mashed banana
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup cacao nibs, carob chips or dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup mulberries (or raisins)
- 2 tbsp cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp cup hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F and lightly oil a 6 x 13" baking dish with coconut oil. Set aside.
- In a small blender, coffee grinder or food processor, add oats and pulse a few times until they are grounded but not turned into a powder. You still want to see pieces of oats. Reserve.
- In a medium bowl, add mashed banana, pure maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Reserve.
- In a large bowl, add grounded oats, cacao, mulberries, walnuts, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, flax seed meal, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt. Stir.
- Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture and stir to combined.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread it out with a spatula heavenly.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until you see a light golden crust on top.
- Allow to cool down for a few minutes, then cut your bars and enjoy with a cup of tea if you like.
-If gluten-free, make sure the oats you buy are labeled gluten-free.