Banana & Blueberry Granola Bars Recipe

Banana & Blueberry Granola Bars Recipe
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TIME TO PREPARE

STORAGE
These will keep (in a sealed tub) for around 5 days.
Gluten Free Vegan Vegetarian

This granola bar recipe has a lot of ingredients and so is full of different flavours that every bite is a sensation for the taste buds. Great for a lunch box or between meals, these bars are naturally sweet and crunchy with a fruity twist. They don't contain any rubbish like the majority of granola bars out there, are twice as healthy and loaded with protein. We're sure you'll be making these time and again to be that go to snack. They could even help give you an extra boost before a workout.

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Ingredients

Equipment
  • Oven
  • Baking Tray
  • Baking Paper
  • Sharpe Knife
  • Spatula
  • Chopping Board
  • Large Bowl
  • Food Processor

Method
  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4 / 180 C
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper, and then grease it with coconut oil
  3. In a food processor, combine Bananas, Almond Butter, Coconut Oil, Date Syrup, half of the Blueberries, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. Mix until completely combined and you have a thick paste mixture.
  4. In a frying pan, gently toast the Nuts and Seeds for 3-5 minutes, until slightly brown. Leave to cool. Once cooled, roughly chop the Nuts.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the Oats, Hemp Powder, Chia Seeds, Coconut, Cacao Nibs, the rest of the Blueberries and toasted Nuts/Seeds.
  6. Stir the Banana paste mix into the Oat mix and combine.
  7. Pour mix into your lined tray. Push down with a spatula to ensure mixture is evenly packed.
  8. Bake for 30-40 mins, until lightly golden. (These bars are quite soft, if you wish for them to be slightly crunchier, then bake for 10-15 more mins, but keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!)
  9. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then tip onto wire rack and let cool completely.
Benefits

There are so many healthy ingredients in this granola bar recipe and all of them will contribute lots of long release energy. These have oodles of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, not to mention a whole load of phytochemicals from the Cacao Nibs, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. The Hemp Protein Powder, Almond Butter and Pumpkin Seeds give a round wholesome nutty taste packed with calcium, magnesium and a whole host of beneficial fatty acids. A great accompaniment to a long hard gym session or more energy if your on a long walk.  

21 May 2015 - 2:27pm