As we anxiously await
summer, warm weather, and maybe a vacation, our days grow longer as our energy
slightly wavers. Luckily, we can find a friend in food and use it as fuel to
keep us going towards that finish line. Since what we lack most is time and energy
we have found the perfect solution for y’all. These delicious granola bars are
both easy-to-make and are sure to give you that spark of energy you so
desperately need. Not only are these bad boys super delicious and easy to make,
but you can make a bunch at a time and eat them on the go. They are perfect for
a pick-me-up first thing in the morning or during your 3 pm blues, they also
make a great snack for your little ones.
2 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
1/2-3/4 cup dried fruit of your choice, chopped (unsweetened-I
used 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced/chopped almonds
1/2 cup pepitas
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pink
Himalayan salt or fine grain sea salt, or to taste
Optional: if you’d like
to get that extra boost of energy feel free to add 1/4 cup of any fo your
favorite SUPERFOODS: chia seeds, hemp, or flaxseeds (or feel free to mix in all
Also, feel free to use
any nuts and fruits of your choice.
the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a large rectangular baking dish (approx.
8.5″ x 12.5″) and line with a piece of parchment paper so the
bars are easier to lift out.
In a large
bowl, mash the banana until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
rolled oats into a food processor (or blender on the lowest speed) and
pulse until the oats are coarsely chopped (but still with lots of
texture). Stir oats into the banana mixture.
walnuts and dried fruit and stir these and the rest of the ingredients
into the banana-oat mixture until thoroughly combined.
mixture into prepared dish. Press down until compacted and smooth out with
hands until even. Use a pastry roller to smooth out if desired.
23-27 minutes (I baked for 25 mins.) until firm and lightly golden along
the edge. Place dish on a cooling rack for 10 minutes then carefully slide
a knife to loosen the ends and lift out. Place granola slab on a cooling
rack for 10 minutes and then into the freezer for another 10 mins. (if you
are impatient like me).