If you haven’t heard, I’m heading to Napa tomorrow for a long 5 day weekend. Meaning, I’m going to be devouring some amazing eats and savoring the fruits of the valley – not cooking any new recipes this weekend. In order to keep my RAW new year’s challenge, I decided I would make something before the weekend, something I can grab and take with me as breakfast/snack during the 6 hour plane ride to SFO. Hmm…Well, I am a big fan of bars…Larabars, Luna bars, Clif bars…pretty much any type of bar [wine bars included, hehe J]. Sooo, why not make my own to take on the trip!
There are about a million and five different recipes for granola/energy bars out there, but this one tickled my fancy.
Mashed banana, PB and honey. I could have stopped right here and eaten the whole bowl.
Topple on the dry ingredients [you can pretty much pick whatever you’d like to thrown in]
Mix and spread.
Freeze and cut.
Boom! Done and Delicious
Verdict: Amazing! They should probably be called homemade CANDY bars, because these babies are sweet!
Level: Super simple
Make Again: Absolutely! I would probably half the amount of honey this recipe calls for, because I feel guilty about how sweet they are. Maybe add a second banana instead to help stick the ingredients together. Add-in options are endless!
1.5 cup McCain’s quick cooking oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped unsweetened cherries and a handful of raisin mix (any dried fruit will work)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup maple syrup (or agave, honey)
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
Mash banana in bowl.
Add sweetener of choice and nut butter. Mix well.
Add in remainder of “dry” ingredients. Mix well.
Spread in small backing pan and stick in freezer for a few hours.
Cut in rectangles or squares and Enjoy!