Simple Homemade Granola Bars

If you have never considered, “making your own granola bars,” I assure you this recipe is incredibly simple and you will feel really good about eating them, instead of other bars that tend to have several different types of sugars and syrups. I try to make them once a week, usually a double batch, and I keep them in a sealed container in the fridge to grab and go. I have made this recipe so many times I basically have it memorized now, and enough people have asked for it that I thought it would be the perfect “first recipe” to share here. Hope you like it!

gluten free, dairy free, soy free, sugar free homemade granola bars!  just a few simple ingredients: banana, oats, peanut butter, nuts and dried fruit.| The Wholehearted Wife

Ingredients

4 extra ripe bananas
1 cup natural peanut butter*
2 cups uncooked oats
1 cup crushed nuts
1 cup dried blueberries*
2 tsp vanilla
cinnamon

*feel free to sub any nut or seed butter, and any type of small or chopped dried fruit. Endless possibilities 🙂

Directions

1. in a stand mixer, or large bowl, mash the 4 extra ripe bananas and 1 cup natural peanut butter until a paste forms.

2. add in the other ingredients and mix well.

3. transfer the mixture out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and smooth into a flat rectangle

gluten free, dairy free, soy free, sugar free homemade granola bars!  just a few simple ingredients: banana, oats, peanut butter, nuts and dried fruit.| The Wholehearted Wife

4. bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, but your nose will tell you when they are smelling yummy and done – depending on how thick you spread it, it could take a little less or more. they should be just starting to brown on the edges.

5. let cool (so they won’t be too crumbly) and then cut into bars.

gluten free, dairy free, soy free, sugar free homemade granola bars!  just a few simple ingredients: banana, oats, peanut butter, nuts and dried fruit.| The Wholehearted Wife

6. store in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer!

check out other  healthy recipes on my recipe page. and enjoy!

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