Put your hand up if you love granola bars! Now put your other hand up if you love healthy granola bars! Two hands up I see….put them out and grab hold of this recipe! I promise you won’t let it (or the granola bars you make) go.
I’ve always browsed the internet for different healthy recipes; for dinner, lunch, baking, snacks, etc. I looked, I pinned but I never made. After having a free afternoon one Saturday I thought “Why the heck not?” I had most of the ingredients I thought I’d need in the cupboard so I just did a quick search for ‘healthy granola bars’ and after looking at a few, I picked the one with the best sounding ingredients which happened to be from Oh She Glows. It’s a vegan website and Angela has some great other recipes that I’d like to try in the future, but let’s start with the Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars. As I’m based in the UK I had some converting to do when it came to the measurements (I’m used to working with grams or ounces, not cups). I also modified the recipe slightly to suit my own tastes.
- 3 medium/large bananas
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 180g porridge oats
- 55g dates
- 55g sultanas
- 75g chopped cashew nuts
- 75g chopped almonds (feel free to toast the almonds to add some flavour!)
- 150g seeds (I used a seed mix which had pumpkin, sunflower, flax and chia seeds)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon poweder
- sprinkle of sea salt, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper (mine isn’t deep at all so don’t worry if you have a deep or flat one)
- Mash up the bananas and put into a bowl. Add in the vanilla and mix
- In a separate bowl, add the oats. Now add your chopped nuts, fruit and seeds. Add in the cinnamon powder to coat all the dry ingredients evenly. Mix well
- Add banana and vanilla to your dry ingredients and mix very well
- Spoon the mixture onto the baking tray and spread evenly. I used a potato masher to make sure the mix was compacted so that the bars will stick together
- Bake for about 25 minutes. When they’re looking nice and golden remove from the oven and lift greaseproof paper off the baking tray and leave to cool on a wire tray for at least 10 minutes
- When they have cooled, cut into bars using a sharp knife. Mind those fingers!
Final step – enjoy!
I individually wrapped each bar in greaseproof paper, I then tied string around each one to make them look like little parcels but this was rather time consuming! You can store these in the freezer so that you don’t have to eat them all in one go.
Share with friends and colleagues as I did, or be greedy and keep them to yourself! They’re so good you will only want to share them so that people know how good you you are at making things taste incredible…only problem with that is, they expect more and more. Happy baking….and eating!