Just Nuts, Seeds, and Fruit Granola Bars

Who doesn’t love a good, all-natural granola bar? (I’m looking at you, KIND bars).
Convenient? Check.
Flavorful? Check.
Expensive? Double check.
I can’t afford my own love of all-natural granola bars, so I decided to create my own! This particular recipe was inspired by a Vegan blogger I follow. No, I’m not vegan, though that sure would make my raw cookie dough batter consumption a lot safer. Whatever your diet, she’s amazing. And a much better photographer than I.

My favorite part about making your own granola or granola bars? You can generally add whatever you want and there’s a 99% chance it will turn out delicious. So make the combination your own: add different nuts, seeds, any kind of dried fruit, add chocolate chips, add shredded coconut, add whatever gets you excited. Go nuts. Pun intended. But if you do the below I guarantee you will be satisfied 🙂

Just Nuts, Seeds, and Fruit Granola Bar
Makes 6 Bars

1 1/2 small Bananas
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/6 tsp Salt
1 cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats
3 tbsp Shelled Walnuts, chopped
14 Raw Almonds, chopped
1/3 cup Raisins
3 tbsp Roasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
2 tbsp Organic Hemp Hearts

Mash banana. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and stir to combine. Add oats, chopped nuts, dried fruit, and seeds.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Lightly grease loaf pan and line with parchment paper or foil, leave several inches hanging over edge to make bars easier to remove (don’t forget to lightly grease the pan before lining… Ă  la moi. Much more difficult to remove from pan).
Pour oat mixture into prepared pan, press down with hands to make compact and smooth on top.
Place pan in center rack in oven, bake uncovered for ~20-25 minutes. Edges should be golden grown. The bars will firm up and continue cooking even when removed from oven so don’t over cook.
Take bars out of oven and cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan by lifting edges, cool for another 20 minutes before cutting into six bars. Wrap bars individually and enjoy some nutritious deliciousness!

Calories 181. Calories from Fat 71.7
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 85mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
Dietary Fiber 3.5g
Sugars 10g
Protein 5.5g
Est. Percent of Calories from:  Fat 26%   Carbs 52%  Protein 12%