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!
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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9- by 13- inch baking pan with Pam.
- 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.
- Bake until the bars are golden brown are starting to separate from the sides of the pan, about 20 minutes.
- Let cool for 15 minutes.
- 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!