These Good Granola Bars are an easy recipe to throw together. You can substitute various nuts and seeds if you like. I find cacao nibs or dark chocolate bits are a great addition. For training, these bars are best wrapped individually then frozen as they can be a tad on the crumbly side.

Ingredients

1.5 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium/large bananas)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries (or golden raisins)

1 cup pepita seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or fine grain sea salt, or to taste

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 130 degreesĀ Celsius. Lightly grease a large rectangularbaking dish and line with a piece of baking paper.
  • In a large bowl, mash the banana until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Place the rolled oats into a food processor (or blender on the lowest speed) and pulse until the oats are coarsely chopped (but still with lots of texture). Stir oats into the banana mixture.
  • Chop the walnuts and cranberries and stir these with the rest of the ingredients into the banana-oat mixture until thoroughly combined.
  • Spoon mixture into prepared dish. Press down until compacted and smooth out with hands until even.
  • Bake for 23-27 minutes until firm and lightly golden along the edge. Place dish on a cooling rack for 10 minutes then carefully slide a knife to loosen the ends and lift out. Place granola slab on a cooling rack.

Slice into bars once they are cool.

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