In the afternoons, I typically want something sweet as a snack. Let’s be real, usually I want something sweet at all times except for lunch and dinner. I’m trying to eat more fat so making a granola bar full of healthy fats from seeds and nuts seemed like a great idea. Typically after work I go for a run or go to yoga, so it also made sense to eat something with carbs and natural sugar from bananas as well. And I’m clearly not about to eat something processed.
As soon as I ate the first one, I knew they were going to be dangerous. I wasted to call them “crack bars” but that seemed bad for SEO and possibly bad for my image, so instead I’ll call them The Best Homemade Granola Bars, because that’s what they are. I don’t throw around “best” lightly, either.
These are great for using up random things you have in your pantry, too – the last little bit of the sliced almonds, random peanut butter chips from Trader Joe’s and bananas that are getting a little brown. These are also great for totally binging on and gaining weight, which is what I think I did with them. Also, they have a 4:1 carb to protein ration which means – PERFECT RECOVERY FOOD.
- 2 cups oats
- 3 bananas, very ripe
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup pistachios, shelled
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup peanut butter chips
- ¼ chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Blend bananas in food process, blender or mash by hand.
- Mix in oats, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Fold in pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pistachios, sliced almonds, raisins, peanut butter chips and chia seeds.
- Pour mixture into baking tray, distributing evenly, and flatten with a spatula.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until granola bars begin turning brown and crispy.
- Let cook completely then cut and enjoy.
Chat with me:
What makes the ultimate granola bar for you? Do you eat pre-packaged snacks? (Disclaimer: I love Kind Bars, Lara Bars and Picky Bars.)