• Superfood Granola Squares (or bars)

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    Store bought granola bars are quite deceiving! Not necessarily the “health food” they are touted to be, usually loaded with excess sugar and not so healthy fats! These superfood granola bars are super healthy, packed with the healthiest of ingredients and can be gluten free and vegan if you substitute the oats for those that are gluten free and change the nut butter. Making your own is easy and a much healthier alternative, perfect for breakfast or an “on the go” snack!

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    mash bananas…

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    add nut butter…

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    warm in microwave and then mix well…

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    pulse almonds and walnuts ( 1/4 cup each)…

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    place dry ingredients into bowl and mix…

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    add rest of ingredients to banana/nut butter mixture…

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    stir until combined well…

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    pour into baking pan and spread evenly…

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    bake, remove from oven…

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    if you like crunchy bars then put back in oven to crisp…

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    remove and cool…

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    cut bars in half into squares (or leave in bar from)…

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    enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea…

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    Ingredients:

    • 2 bananas mashed
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter (any nut butter works-I use Better n Butter)
    • 1/4 cup walnuts plus 1/4 cup raw almonds pulsed in individual blender
    • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
    • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds
    • 1/3 cup chia seeds
    • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
    • 1/4 cup raisins
    • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
    • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats (you can use gluten free if your diet calls for this)

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Mash bananas in glass mixing bowl.

    Add nut butter to bananas.

    Place bowl in microwave and heat for 50 seconds. Remove and stir until combined. Place on the side.

    Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour into the bowl with the banana nut butter mixture.

    Mix well until combined.

    Pour into 9 x 9 baking pan lined with parchment paper and spread batter evenly using a rubber spatula.

    Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes.

    Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

    If you like your bars on the crunchier side, slice them and place them on baking sheet and return to oven for 20 minutes.

    These bars are very dense and quite filling so I sliced them into 10 bars and then cut those in half to make smaller square bars. Freeze what you don’t eat in a air tight storage container.

    EnJOY!

    xo

     

     

     

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