I’ve been trying out granola bar recipes lately trying to find a good treat for my family that will work on the go or just at home and needing healthy snacks asap (with three four year-olds, this is essential!).  I try not to buy any processed bars and snacks for my kids so I like to have healthy, homemade alternatives on-hand.  This recipe got pretty rave reviews. . . 4 out of 5 of us love them.  What can I say, Natalie is hard to please!  I think it’s a texture thing for her. . . .

Anyway, the rest of us love these.  With oats, fruit, nuts, seeds and very little sweetener, what’s not to love?  These bars travel well which is a plus for us as we are often on the run.  And they are very simple.  Quick to mix up and throw in the oven while you’re taking care of 10 other things.  No need to resort to store-bought bars full of preservatives, oils, sugars and other additives we don’t need!

This recipe is based on the Easy Almond/Oatmeal bars from this amazing story:

http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/interviews-features-interview-with-a-teen-nutritarian-david.html

Banana Nut Oatmeal Bars

3 ripe bananas

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (can use gluten-free oats)

1 cup raisins

1 cup unsweetened coconut

1 cup raw almonds, chopped

½ cup raw sunflower seeds

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds

½ T cinnamon

¼ cup organic maple syrup (can omit with good results)

¼ tsp sea salt

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash bananas in large mixing bowl.

Mix maple syrup and salt into bananas.

Add oats, raisins, nuts and seeds to banana mixture and stir to thoroughly combine.

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Pour into a parchment-lined 9×13 pan.

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Bake for 40 minutes.

Remove and cool for 5 minutes in pan, then transfer bars to cooling rack by lifting parchment paper out of pan.

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Cool bars completely.  Cut to your desired size and enjoy!

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If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!