As a diabetic, I have to always have some kind of food to carry around with me. For the last couple of years, my food of choice has been granola bars, mostly because they're delicious and can also substitute for a meal. Since I've been eating them, they've become some of my favorite things. To demonstrate, I would like to show you part of a picture that my roommate Stacey drew before I ran a half-marathon in October. I stored granola bars in my leggings as I ran, as you can tell...
Anyways, now that you've seen that embarrassing proof of my obsession with granola bars, on to the story. Last year I bought 8 boxes of granola bars on a really good sale (but you had to buy 10 items on the sale...), and I got more over the summer from home. However, even that abundance has to come to an end at some point. I have a few left, but when I came across this recipe, I decided to try it. And I'm glad I did! I have tried and will continue to try other granola bar recipes, because variety is the spice of life. But this is a good starter recipe, calling for ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and no complicated cooking instructions. Plus they're vegan, sugar-free, and delicious! Enjoy!
Banana Oat Granola Bars
From the Zupas Cafe Blog
Makes one 9x9 pan
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup desiccated coconut (or substitute sweetened shredded coconut)
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit, chopped fairly small (so it all sticks together better; maybe use some mini chocolate chips?)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 large ripe bananas, or 3 small ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
Combine all ingredients. Press into a 9x9 pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool in pan and cut. I cut it in half one way and in five the other way.
Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 275 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, until crispy.
Wrap in plastic wrap or put in an airtight container to store. To keep longer, wrap them in plastic wrap, put them in a plastic bag, and freeze them; take out and carry one with you in the morning when you go out. The freezing will actually stabilize the bars, making them less crumbly.
|Or square. Your choice!|