Easy No Bake Granola Bars

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Like a lot of people my age, I grew up on Chewy Granola Bars. I remember having those delicious granola bars for after school snacks and post soccer game treats. My favorite by far was always the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Variety. But although the Chewy bars masquerade as a “healthy snack” the lengthy list of ingredients says otherwise. These classic school time snacks are definitely a healthier alternative than most snack items these days, but they still have quite a bit more sugar and unpronounceable ingredients than I would like to consume regularly. So I was happy to find a healthier alternative that rivals the taste of the childhood favorite. These easy No Bake Granola Bars consist of rolled oats, mashed banana and peanut flour. Peanut flour, often called PB2 , is powdered peanut butter that has far less fat than typical peanut butter. It is available in most grocery stores in the health food aisle, and adds a nice flavor to these bars. The original recipe didn’t contain chocolate chips, but I added a few in because, well… chocolate makes everything better. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Makes 9 bars, Adapted from UndressedSkeleton.Tumblr.com

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 large, very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons powdered peanut butter or PB2
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well incorporated and mixture resembles oatmeal cookie dough. This will take a few minutes, and the mixture starts out very dry, but don’t add any additional liquid
  2. Once mixture resembles dough, add in chocolate chips
  3. Scoop dough by the tablespoon and form into 2 inch bars
  4. Place bars on a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator overnight

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