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Banana Nut Bread Granola Bars

A chewy, slightly sweet granola bar with flavors reminiscent of classic banana nut bread.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 10 -12
Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • c old-fashioned oats *See Note
  • ¼ c ground flax seed optional
  • 1 c mashed banana **See Note
  • ¼ -½ c honey or agave nectar ***See Note
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ¼ t nutmeg
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 c chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Coat an 8×8 in. baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the oats and flax seed.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together banana, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.
  • Pour the liquid mixture over the oats mixture, and stir until evenly coated and the oats are moistened.
  • Stir in the walnuts.
  • Press the mixture firmly into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown, and firm.
  • Cool in pan for about 5-10 minutes, cut into bars, and remove from pan to finish cooling completely.

Notes

*If you need these to be gluten-free, ensure that you are using oats that are certified gluten-free.
**I used 1/4 c honey because my bananas were very ripe and sweet.
***I was using thawed frozen bananas, so they were quite soft. If yours were not frozen, you want to mash to a pulp, or put in a food processor.