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Homemade granola bars with banana are a mix of different fruit, seeds, and coconut oil. Chewy, nutty, and naturally sweetened with banana - a healthy speedy snack on the go.
These homemade granola bars are definitely more healthy than store-bought and a great alternative sweet snack instead of a chocolate bar or candy (especially if you’re like me who has a super sweet tooth and can’t finish a meal without eating something sweet).
Homemade Granola Bar With Banana Recipe
Honey - helps the granola bars to stay together. Because we have used banana in this recipe you don’t need a lot of honey to get them to stick to each other.
Feel free to use maple syrup as a substitute to honey if you're allergic or vegan.
Granola bars with banana can be stored in an airtight container, in a cool, dry spot for six months (sometimes longer).
You can also freeze granola bars just as you would cookies or other treats - just wrap firmly in baking paper and add a layer of cling film, and pop into a container in the freezer.
What Makes Granola Bars Stick Together?
In most of the granola bars, you will see sugar and honey mixed in together that help the bars really stick together.
In this recipe, we decided to experiment and combined a bit of honey and banana as a sticking agent. The result is amazing.
After baking the bars and leaving them to cool down for a while you will see that they really hold their shape nicely together (and they are still soft and chewy, as they should be).
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How To Make Homemade Granola Bars With Banana
1. Warm up the oven to 350 C. Place the oats on a baking sheet lined with a parchment paper and bake until golden and aroma 5-7 min.
2. Chop the fruits into small cubes but not too small.
3. In a large mixing bowl combine baked oats, salt, seed mix, nuts, and cinnamon, stir well.
4. Cut the banana into small circles and muddle with a fork until its fully mashed. Add coconut oil and stir well.
5. Add this mixture to the rest of the combined ingredients.
6. Add baking powder and dried fruits, mix well.
7. Transfer the mix to the baking sheet on a parchment paper.
8. Press firmly (using hands or a tablespoon) to create an even surface that is approximately half-inch thick.
9. Transfer to oven and bake for 15 minutes.
10. Let it completely cool down and cut into rectangular pieces.
11. For decoration pour over some white or dark hot chocolate (optional).
You can add your favorite fruits or nuts to this recipe. One or more dried fruit options both work well.
Or you can go for a different version by adding cacao powder or chocolate nibbles.
PRO TIP: For dried Fruits - never eat them right from the package, they have tons of harmful toxins sprinkled on them. To get rid of chemicals, place your dried fruits in warm water, and let them stay like this at least 30 min. Then take the fruits out and let them dry properly. Only after that you can eat or use the fruits in baking.
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Our Favorite Equipment for This Recipe:
Homemade Granola Bar With Banana
- 2 cup Quick oats
- 2 Banana
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon Honey (use maple syrup for vegan option)
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- 6 tablespoon Seed mix
- 3 tablespoon Cashew chopped
- 3 tablespoon Dried Apricot diced
- 3 tablespoon Dried Cranberry diced
- 4 tablespoon Coconut oil
- Pinch of salt
- Warm up the oven to 350 °F. Place the oats on a baking sheet lined with a parchment paper and bake until golden and aroma. (5-7 minutEs)
- Chop the fruits into small cubes but not too small.
- In a large mixing bowl combine baked oats, salt, seed mix, nuts, and cinnamon, stir well.
- Cut the banana into small circles and muddle with a fork until its fully mashed. Add coconut oil and stir well.
- Add this mixture to the rest of the earlier combined ingredients.
- Follow with baking powder and dried fruits, mix well.
- Transfer the mix to the baking sheet on a parchment paper.
- Press firmly (using hands or a tablespoon) to create an even surface that is approximately half-inch thick.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Let it completely cool down and cut into rectangular pieces.
- For decoration pour over some white or dark hot chocolate (optional).