Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Banana Oatmeal Bars

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.

- ST

4 comments:

  1. These look delish! I've made my own granola bars and am still trying to find a recipe I really like. I love that you don't have to bake these :) I wonder how these would be with instant oats.

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  2. I'm not sure how they'd be with instant oats but I've been wondering how they'd be with unsweetened applesauce instead of the banana. I think I'm going to try it next time I make the recipe.

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  3. I actually made these last night and I am so glad I did! It was almost 80 degrees in our house and I didn't want to turn on the oven. I used probably 1/3 cup pb (i really didn't measure anything besides the oats) but I only had smaller bananas on hand. I also used instant oats, slivered almonds, coconut and dried cranberries. (you could also add some ground flax seed or wheat germ to bump up the nutrition). I wrote the recipe down in a nice card and put in in my file. Definitely a keeper!

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  4. So glad you liked them and I love the idea of adding ground flax seed or wheat germ. I'll have to give that a try next time!

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