Saturday, October 18, 2014

Low Fat Granola Bars with Bananas, Cranberries & Pecans


I had a few banana's and this recipe from tasty kitchen has been in "to make " folder. Pecans were in the fridge and I had plenty of cranberries. Perfect time to make it.

It's not sweet and when I make it again I'll add some honey it.

Ingredients:

3-1/2 cups oats ( used quick oats)
3/4 cups roughly chopped pecans
3 whole large ripe bananas
⅔ cups unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cups dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed ( used flax meal)
3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon (used vietnamese cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoons Freshly-ground Nutmeg ( used jar nutmeg)

1/2 teaspoons Salt ( didn't add)

directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place the oats and the pecan on a baking sheet. Sort of "toast" them in the oven until they are browned. Make sure you stir occasionally to make sure all the oats and pecans are '' toasted''. This takes about 10 minutes.

While the oats and pecans are toasting line a 9 x 13 baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mash the banana with a folk in a medium size bowl and stir in the applesauce until well combined.

When the oats and pecans are toasted and cooled add to a large bowl and add the cranberries, flax meal, cinnamon,nutmeg and salt if you are adding the salt. Mix well.

Stir the banana mixture into the oat mixture and mix until everything is combined.

Spread the mixture on to the baking sheet with the parchment paper and press down so the bars will be even.

Bake the bars until golden brown which should take 30 minutes.

Let the pan cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes and then lift the bars off the pan holding onto the parchment paper.

Serve or store in a airtight container.





39 comments:

  1. These look great!! I like the fact that you would likely have everything you need in the pantry. I wonder if you used sweetened applesauce if it would add a little sweetness without needing to add the honey?

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    1. I'm going to make them again and I'll let you know.

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  2. These look so nice. I don't like bananas, but I guess I could do without the bananas do you think? The plate you have it on looks so pretty....love the red around the rim.

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    1. I love the plate! Isn't it just perfect for this picture?

      Myra- you need the banana's in the recipe.The recipe you sent me looked good and bet you would like it- no banana's

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  3. Those look great Linda. I too have quite the stash of dried cranberries in many flavor varieties......these would be a good home for some of them. :)

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    1. I really liked these- different for me huh?

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  4. Love the sounds of this, all items we like and have. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Angela- they are so easy and good way to use up banana's !

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  5. This looks so good .I don't have anything except oatmeal handy.Will have to get the rest.

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    1. Dottie- these are perfect for you:-)

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  6. Yummy!! These would be perfect for my little snackers :) Thank you, for sharing via Mommy Monday!
    XOXO
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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    1. They sure are, hope you like them!

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  7. sound delish and a great assortment of flavors to suit everyone! I love adding a touch of honey, I think that would make it perfect!

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  8. Wow, this looks tasty as well as healthy! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Linda. One more for my recipe box ;) I will be curious about your honey results too...

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    1. I really liked these so I'll make them again and add some honey.

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  9. okay, I'm getting hungry for one of these. new cookie jar, new bar....... LOVE IT. Thanks Linda, have this one copied

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    1. I'm going to try adding a little honey next time..... if you bet me to it let me know how it turned out.

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  10. We love granola bars in this house. Yours look so nice and healthy.

    Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays.

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    1. Audrey- I hope you enjoy them. See you next Tuesday.

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  11. These look delicious! I love healthy snacks like this. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen party!

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    1. Cynthia- me too! I have to make them again.

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  12. I've never made my own granola bars. This looks like such an easy recipe, I just might have to try!

    Thank you for linking up with Creative Style Linkup! Have a blessed weekend!

    Your co-host, April

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    1. April- it was my first time making them also. It's super easy and I wasn't sure if I was really gonna get into them because they aren't super sweet. I liked them and I'll try the honey next time but I will make these again.

      If you have any questions just shoot me a email ok?

      Linda

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  13. I love homemade granola bars and these look perfect! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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    1. Thanks for the pin! See you next week

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  14. I love granola bars, these sound great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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  15. Delicious Granola bars, homemade is always best, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

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    1. Totally agree. Love the homemade ones. Thanks for the pin

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  16. I will just love your Granola Bars, awesome! Hope you are having a great fall day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  17. Hello gorgeous! What an amazing recipe. Oh Yum! Pinned. We hope to see you at our party tonight at 7 pm. It is so fun to party with you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Hey girlfriend- I'll be there. Haven't missed one yet (wink)

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  18. These granola bars sound delicious and would be a great change up to the no-bake chocolate chip granola bars I make for the kids snacks! Thanks for linking with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party! I hope you'll have the time to party with us this week, as well.

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    1. You bet I'll be at the party Adrian!

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party. We hope to see you at tonight's party.
    Debi

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  20. My family loves granola bars but I have never made my own. I think I'll have to change that with your recipe! What a great after school treat! Thanks for linking up on the #Celebrate365 Blog Party.

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