Homemade Chewy Chocolate Banana Granola Bars

If you love Banana Bread, you are sure to love these Chewy Chocolate Banana Granola Bars. They are healthy, no bake, and fool proof. With only 9 staple ingredients, and they're made Dairy-Free, Egg-Less, and no Refined Sugar. The perfect breakfast or On-The-Go snack


Healthy Granola Bars

I really loved granola bars growing up, especially the Quaker Chewy ones. Specifically the chocolate chip ones! I don't even want to know what those do to your gut health...but those who've had them, must agree how good they are! Well, this recipe isn't a Quaker Granola Bar, but they sure are just as chewy and healthy! And guess what?? They don't compromise your health, and those who had babies, this is perfect to increase your milk supply!

Why is this recipe so easy and perfect? Let me tell you.

  • Yield. This can make 12 large Granola Bars, or 24 smaller ones.
  • Method. These are no-bake . How much better can this get?
  • Texture. Chewy. With a good bit of chocolate chips to satisfy those inner sweet tooth cravings!
  • Flavor. Chocolate and Banana. Need I say more??
  • Difficulty Level. Easy! No fancy tools or special skills. Like what???


What Do You Need

All or most of these ingredients you already probably have. And a few of these ingredients you can either substitute or add-in anything else you enjoy in your granola bars.

  • Old Fashioned Oats. Soft and chewy texture. Don't use steel cut oats, because they are harder to digest and bite.
  • Walnuts. Chop them up nicely. Big or small chunks. If you don't have any walnuts, you can substitute for other nuts or omit for a nut-free version.
  • Honey. The main sweetener in this recipe. Also acts a clue to hold the oats and nuts together.
  • Butter. For a dairy free version, use dairy free butter, or use regular butter.
  • Light Brown Sugar. Adds that additional malassey flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract. For an Extra dash of flavor.
  • Ripe Bananas. The main ingredient. And the one that brings it all together!
  • Chocolate Chips. Optional, but a great choice!


Add-Ins and Storing

Now that you have some healthy and yummy granola bars at your finger tips, you may want to tweak it to your own liking. There are great options and ideas that you can add into these banana granola bars. Here are a few classic ideas.

  • Fruity and Nutty. Mix in any of your favorite nuts, like, pecans, almonds, pistachios, and some dried cranberries.
  • Chocolatey Hazelnut. Load this up with lusciously dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and a bit of some hazelnut for the ultimate crunch!
  • Peanut Buttery Banana. Instead of Honey, add it some Peanut Butter for an great and amazing flavor!
  • Nutella Banana. Ever had your bananas with Nutella before?? Well, this is just one unique flavor combo! Instead of honey, add it your Nutella, and you have yourself a very happy desert. (Although granted...with Nutella, it will no longer be the healthy dessert you've hoped for).

For storing options, these granola bars will keep for up to 1 week when stored in an air tight container. They can also be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. They will be slightly firmer, will stay fresher longer.


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Prep time:
2 hours 10 minutes
Cook time:
8 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
2 hours 18 minutes
Yield:
12 bars
Cuisine:

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Prepare you 8 x 8" pan, by lining it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. And preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Chop your walnuts, and toast them together with the old fashioned oats. Spreading them evenly on your baking tray. Bake for 5-8 minutes, or until your desired level of toastiness.
  3. Combine butter, honey, salt, and brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and caramelized. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. While that cooling, mash up your bananas.
  5. Pour your butter mixture and your banana mixture into your toasted oat mixture. Add in your chocolate chips and any other add-ins you like and gently fold it in.
  6. Transfer everything to your prepared pan, and firmly press the mixture into the pan using a spatula, rice paddle, or your fingers. Press hard so the bars will stick and stay together once you cut them.
  7. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into 12 bars or, and drizzel with melted chocolate if desired.
  8. Enjoy!

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