For awhile now, I've been intrigued by the idea of making my own granola bars. This weekend I decided to give it a try. I didn't work off a recipe and decided instead to add ingredients I thought would work well together. My main goal was to create something delicious, but without as many preservatives as in store brands and without as much fat as normal desserts and granola recipes.
The result? Healthy, tasty and best of all, easy to make granola bars!
Banana Oatmeal Bars
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp Smart Balance butter
1 small banana, smashed
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
Add peanut butter and Smart Balance to a medium pot and heat until melted and combined. Stir in banana and cook until well blended.
Remove from heat and add rolled oats, almonds and coconut. After cooled, stir in chocolate chips.
Line a 8x8 pan with waxed paper. Firmly press mixture into the pan and refrigerate until firm. Cut into small squares and store in the refrigerator.