Granola bars are a great after-school snack. Finding one that has all natural ingredients and is organic and affordable can be a challenge. If you have a gluten-free and nut-free kid, even more difficult.
I’ve never made granola bars before. Every recipe I found was either full of tree nuts, peanuts, or binding agents I don’t want to use. For this reason, I’ve chosen to put off creating my own and focusing my attention on nutritious school lunches.
Since starting my daughter on a gluten-free diet, I’ve been experimenting a lot in my personal blog with different recipes and ideas to make them delicious and healthy for my daughter (who also has a peanut allergy).
I finally decided to tackle my nemesis: the granola bar.
It’s delicious. I know. Try to control yourself from eating it yet! You’ll thank me later. This recipe is really easy to make. You measure and mix the ingredients, spread it on a baking dish, cool, cut, and serve!
While you’ve been standing there, smelling them, wanting them, waiting for them to cool, I know you’ve been eating chocolate chips from the bag. Admit it! Okay, maybe that’s just me, but it also gave me the yummy idea to melt some additional chocolate chips and drizzle it over the bars. Mmm…
You don’t have to add the drizzle, but I did. I went there. There’s no going back now; there are never regrets when it comes to chocolate!
I wrapped the bars individually in waxed paper and stored them in an airtight container with a lid. That way, we can easily grab bars on the go for lunches or snacks!
These have been a big hit with the fella and my Little Miss! The smell of a banana chocolate chip muffin, but the yummy texture of a granola bar. From my family to yours, ENJOY!
Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- Cuisine: Baking
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (GF Harvest oats are both gluten- and nut-free.)
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips (EnjoyLife brand are gluten- and nut-free.)
- 1/2 cup crunchy flax cereal (EnjoyLife brand is gluten- and nut-free.) (You could also use a gluten-free crunchy rice cereal, if you prefer.)
- On an ungreased baking sheet, spread the oats out evenly, and bake at 350F for about 10 minutes, stirring once in the middle of that time.
- Remove the oats from the oven, leaving the oven ON, and let them cool completely.
- While the oats are cooling, you can mix together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. After the oats are cooled, add them to the bowl, and mix thoroughly.
- Lightly coat an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray, and place the mixture evenly into the dish, using your fingers to help push it down flat and into the corners.
- Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes.
- After cooking, allow to cool completely.
- After the bars have cooled and the chocolate has hardened, you can slice it however you prefer. I chose to slice down the middle and into six even cuts lengthwise to make 12 bars.