Hello lovelies, I hope you are all still doing well! Today I share a new recipe for these delicious banana-chocolate granola bars with you. I had baked them before the “Corona” period and then I would have probably written that they are great for school, as a snack on the go or in the office. All of this is of course not up to date now. But I don’t know about you, the demand for snacks has definitely increased here since everyone is at home.
Apparently everyone is baking banana bread at the moment. For that I already have many recipes on the blog and another one will follow soon. But if you are looking for another use for your ripe bananas, then the banana chocolate bars are just right. And they are also great for home office, for a picnic in the garden or as a nerve food while home schooling.
Here is the recipe for banana-chocolate granola bars:
Banana-chocolate granola bars
- Baking oven
- 3 bananas ripe
- 3 Tbsp nut butter e.g. peanut, cashew
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 3 cups fine oats or quinoa flakes (gluten free)
- 75 gr (1/2 cup) pecans or any other nuts
- 2 Tbsp chocolate drops
- 2 pinches of salt
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp flax seed
- Melted chocolate for decorating
- Smash the bananas with a fork
- Add all moist ingredients into a bowl
- Now add all dry ingredients and mix everything well until everything is moist
- Preheat the oven to 150°C (302°F)
- Put a baking paper inside a rectangular baking dish (approx. 20x30 cm / 8“x12“)
- Add the dough to the baking dish and press it down well (e.g. with a spoon)
- Bake for 30-40 minutes
- Let it cool off, take it out of the dish and cut it into bars
- If you like the bars crispier, you can now bake them a 2nd time for approx. 15 minutes (this is what I did)
- Now decorate the bars with melted chocolate and let them cool off
The bars are only sweetened by the bananas and the small amount of maple syrup and are therefore definitely a healthy snack. They also contain other healthy ingredients such as oatmeal, seeds and nut butter. All of these ingredients also help to increase the ability to concentrate. If you want them to be gluten-free, use gluten-free oatmeal or quinoa flakes. And of course you can also vary the nuts and use what you still have at home.
You can influence the consistency of the bars very well. After the first bake they are rather soft, for more bite I can recommend baking them a second time after cutting.
By the way, the bars are also great for utilizing leftover Easter chocolate, because you may now have some at home maybe. And if you still have bananas, you can of course also bake a delicious banana bread. Here you can already find some recipes.
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