This high energy snack is full of natural, wholesome ingredients! They are chewy, wholesome and healthy. Not to mention, so easy and quick - they take less than 30 Minutes to whip up!
I love granola bars. However they are usually overpriced and contain lots of sugar and other not-so-guilt-free ingredients.
They are highly adaptable using whatever you have on hand. You could add nuts or other dry or fresh fruit or maybe even some chocolate chips for a bit more sweetness. Just keep in mind that, if you add larger ingredients, you should chop them up a bit. My rule of thumb is, it should be about the size of a raisin or smaller. That way you can cut the bars easier and as small as you prefer.
Hope you enjoy them!
Cranberry Prune Granola Bars
Makes about 9 to 10 large Bars.
- 2.5 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 large banana
- 1/2 cup dried prunes
- 3-4 chopped dried prunes
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Prepare a 8x8 inch (20x20 cm) or a 4x13 inch (10x35 cm) baking pan.
- Blend the banana and 1/2 cup dried prunes until smooth.
- In a large bowl mix together the banana-prune mixture, maple syrup and cinnamon and whisk until combined.
- Stir in oats, making sure all of the oats are well moistured. Add more maple syrup if needed.
- Add raisins, cranberries and chopped prunes.
- Press mixture into the prepared baking pan, making sure it is evenly distributed and tightly packed.
- Bake for 25 to 30 Minutes. Cool for at least 1 hour or overnight befor cutting into squares or rectangles.
basic granola recipe adapted from sallysbakingaddiction.com