I’m so excited about this recipe, which is adapted from Justafrugalfoodie‘s baked oatmeal. I’ve been wanting to add some new healthy “treat” snacks to my children’s lunchbox rotation because I’ve been stuck on muffins for a while. Justa noted that her recipe wasn’t quite sweet enough, so I decided to add a banana and change some of the proportions to put together a chewy granola bar that we could eat on the go. My kids loved it. Unfortunately, I loved it too, so these aren’t going to last long in our house.
Store-bought granola bars, even the “organic” ones, are so full of sugar and other unnecessary ingredients and preservatives. They’re also expensive and over-packaged. These bars are simple to make and they cost a fraction of what you’d pay for granola bars at the grocery store (see price comparison here).
1 ripe banana, mashed
½ cup applesauce
½ cup non-dairy milk (or use dairy if you want)
½ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
3 cups rolled oats
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch glass pan.
- Mash the banana in a large bowl. Add the remaining wet ingredients and stir together.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
- Fold in the blueberries and walnuts.
- Bake for 35 minutes and cool on a rack before cutting into bars.
Check out my other version of these bars that uses pumpkin and cranberries. Also, you may be interested in my favorite homemade Larabar recipes. It’s amazing how much money we can save by making things ourselves!