Healthy Granola Bars

My nickname at work is Samster the Hamster because I’m constantly snacking and have energy like a hamster running on a wheel. They hear me crunching all day long. Since store bought granola bars are mostly sugar and the healthy ones are too expensive I started making homemade granola bars. I mix up the ingredients every time and play with the portions. This version is crazy healthy because I spent a weekend at the cottage which means ridiculous amounts of alcohol, chips, brownies, you name it! These granola bars are FULL of protein, fiber, antioxidants, monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, etc. So go ahead and have three or four because they’re actually SO good for you. I didn’t have any dried fruit on hand so I only used goji berries but I’ve used blueberries, cranberries, dates, figs, apricot, and mango before. Adding honey and peanut butter also makes them way better!

Protein Bars

Perfect for a quick breakfast, easy snack, or fueling up before a workout!

Healthy Granola Bar Recipe:

2.5 cups rolled oats

1 cup Fiber 1 cereal

¼ cup of raw pecans, chopped

¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds

¼ cup raw almonds, chopped

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

4 ripe bananas

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup goji berries

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9- by 13- inch baking pan with Pam.
  3. In a large bowl mash the bananas with the back of a fork (or your hands!) and mix in all of the other ingredients. Transfer to the baking sheet.
  4. Bake until the bars are golden brown are starting to separate from the sides of the pan, about 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Cut into squares and serve or store in an airtight container.

Then my favourite thing to do is spread peanut butter on them while they’re hot so it melts a bit…deeeelicious!

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