When I was in elementary school I remember trading my snacks with the other kids in my class, and it was almost a bit of a competition to see who had the best packed lunchbox. I always had a granola bar packed no matter what day of the week it was, and I was not trading that thing no matter what!
If you’re like most people you’ll find yourself looking for a snack around that 4 p.m. energy slump, and I have to say it is easier to grab those prepackaged granola bars when you’re a busy student. However, you know how it goes…. they’re usually packed full of ingredients that a lot of us don’t even recognize, and whilst it’s fine every once in a while, I personally prefer reaching for a good ol’ hardy and wholesome homemade granola bar that’s going to keep my energy sustained for the day especially if I have a spin class in the evening.
So for all of you students out there who love to snack (I mean who doesn’t?), people with kids, and everyone in between doing the daily grind this recipe is gonna keep you fuelled and avoiding that hanger throughout the day, (side note) also great for travelling (I’m bringing some of these babies on my trip to California in a few weeks!!!).
Quote of the week: “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” -Oprah Winfrey
Banana + Almond Butter Granola Bars
- 3 Ripe Bananas (Peeled)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Brown Rice Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Smooth Almond Butter
- 1/2 Cup Raw Chopped Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Cacao Nibs or Chocolate Chips
- 3 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2. In a food processor or blender blend together the bananas, vanilla extract, coconut oil, brown rice syrup, and almond butter until smooth.
3. In a medium sized bowl add the banana mixture and stir in the oats, cacao nibs, chia seeds, chopped almonds, and cinnamon.
4. In a lined baking tray (8x12) add the granola mixture and smooth over using a spatula to make it even.
5. Bake for 40 minutes.
6. Allow the slab to cool and cut into 12 granola bars (you can drizzle with some melted chocolate too!).