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Granola Bars: The Master Recipe

Granola Bars

Over the past year I have been working on perfecting a Granola/ Oat bar recipe (Like here and here) and I think I finally managed to perfect my master recipe. I have been tweaking it a lot but I think I have finally  solid reliable recipe that I can easily change out the components as my pantry allows and as I wish.

The key to this base recipe and technique is using very overripe bananas. As I have, pretty much everyday weekday, for breakfast I have Greek yogurt with banana and flax seeds I tend to have bananas that get a bit ripe for me to eat as is (I like them more on the unripe side). When this happens I put them in the freezer to keep them for later and then just defrost them to make these granola bars. This ensures they are extra soft and easy to mash but any over ripe bananas work just fine.

GRANOLA BARS

As this recipe is a master recipe the key ingredients are the Oats, Bananas, Dates, Soy Milk, and Salt everything else can be adjusted from those, see the some variables options below.

Makes 8 – 1 1/2″ x 4″

2 Cups Oats

2 Overripe Bananas (or frozen and defrosted to make sure they are soft)

6 (about a cup loosely packed) Medjool Dates diced into 1/4″ pieces

1/3 Cup Soy Milk

about 1/4 Cup Goji Berries

1/4 Tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Flax Seed + Some for dusting

2 Tbsp Wheat Germ

1/4 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Tsp Fresh ground Nutmeg

Non stick spray or butter

Medium mixing bowl

7 “x 8” baking pan

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TO PREPARE

Preheat oven to 350F Degrees.

In your medium mixing bowl place the banana’s with out the skins and mash them up until they are all combined.

Mix in the oats and combine together with the banana.

Add in the Soy Milk, Dates, Goji Berries, Flax Seeds,Wheat Germ, and Salt. Mix everything together until fully combined and everything is distributed evenly amongst the oats.

Spray your baking pan with your non stick spray or grease the pan with butter.

Pour in your oat mixture and spread evenly in the pan patting it down with your hand our utensil of your choice to make sure the top is even.

Sprinkle on the top of the oat mix some flax seed to your liking, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Press the toppings into the mix gently with your hand.

Place in your preheated oven and bake for 20min or until golden brown at the edges.

Remove from the oven and let cool completely then cut into squares and serve. Cover this will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator.

Granola Bars

VARIATIONS

You can swap the dates for dried figs or add diced almonds, diced walnuts, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried diced apricots, or chia seeds amongst other things. If you are adding in dried cranberries, dried apricots, or any other dried fruit you should reduce the amounts of dates you add or else the mix will be too wet.

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Oat Bars: Episode Two

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Over the past few months since I made my first Snack Bars (Oat and Sesame Snack Bar) I have been obsessed with making them and tweaking my recipe every time. Making your own Granola bars is such a great alternative to the store bought ones not only are they better tasting they are way more healthy. This particular version is one of the more recent ones I have made and it was my favorite so far so I thought I would share the recipe here.

OAT, NUT, AND DATE SNACK BARS

Makes 16 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares

2 Bananas; When ripe freeze until completely frozen (overnight or longer) and then defrosted this creates a extra smooth banana paste that holds

2 Cups Rolled Oats

3 Tbsp Wheat Germ

2 Tbsp Flax Seeds

1/4 Cup Pecans Chopped

1/4 Cup Almonds Chopped

1/4 Cup Dates Chopped into small pieces

3 Tbsp Goji Berries

1/2 Tsp Vanilla

1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt

2 Tsp Agave

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Coconut oil for greasing the pan

6 x6 baking pan

Large Bowl

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TO ASSEMBLE

Pre heat oven to 350F degrees and grease your baking pan with the coconut oil

Mash up the banana in the bowl until it is a paste

Add in all other ingredients except for the brown sugar

Once all of the mixture is thoroughly incorporated pour out into the greased pan and pat down so it reaches the edges of the pan and is uniform in thickness.

Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the oat squares uniformly

Place in the preheated oven for 30-45 minutes until the edges of the oatmeal squares start to brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Turn out the bars onto a cutting board and cut into 16 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ pieces.

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