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.
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)
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.
Posted by Linda at Saturday, October 18, 2014