Granola bars are among the most convenient snack foods out there. Unfortunately, most packaged granola bars are full of added sugar, which makes them more of a dessert in my book. Snacks should give you energy and make you feel full until your next meal. Highly sweetened processed snacks just don’t do that.
This strawberry granola bar recipe provides whole grains, protein, and fiber. It’s just sweet enough, and some of the sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the banana and the strawberries. This is a great recipe for a family that’s just starting to transition away from processed food. It doesn’t taste too different from the snacks you’d buy at the store, but it lacks the unnecessary additives.
For other variations on this granola bar recipe, visit this post about homemade granola bars. You can mix and match different nuts, dried fruit, and other mix-ins to make this the perfect treat for your family.
Strawberry Granola Bars
$.62 per serving
- 1 cup flour (white whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup melted coconut oil or butter
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 small ripe banana mashed
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup diced walnuts or other nuts/seeds
- 8 oz finely chopped fresh strawberries (1 1/4 cups)
Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan with butter or oil and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter or oil, maple syrup, banana, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture until combined.
Add the oats, coconut, and walnuts, and stir to combine. Then stir in the strawberries.
Press the dough evenly into the 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake on the center rack in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges are beginning to get brown.
Cool completely on a wire rack and cut into 14 bars. If you try to cut them before they’re completely cool, they’ll likely crumble apart. Store the bars in an airtight container for several days, or freeze them for several months.
Strawberry Granola Bar Recipe Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $8.72 to make, or $.62 per bar (using organic strawberries). These strawberry granola bars have all the flavor and convenience of store-bought snack bars without all the junk.
If you’re interested in making more of your own snacks, don’t miss my roundup of homemade protein bars from around the web. This is currently the most popular post on my blog.