Banana Bread Granola Bars (gluten free, dairy free, vegan, no sweetener) - recipe by Nourish Everyday

Banana Bread Granola Bars

These gluten free, vegan banana bread granola bars are so easy to make and they're completely sweetener free, too! 

Course Breakfast, Snacks and Bites
Categories dairy free, egg free, gluten free, nut free, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 large bananas as overripe as possible
  • 1 and 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C and line a small baking tray or a square cake tin with baking paper (I used a 9 inch square tin).
  2. Roughly chop the dried apricots in to small pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, desiccated coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried apricot pieces and the flaxseed.
  4. Mash the bananas thoroughly until you have a thick paste. Stir in the coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt.
  5. Combine the banana mixture with the oat mixture. Scoop into your lined baking tray and press the mixture down firmly (using the back of a spoon or your fingertips) until there are no gaps and the mixture is evenly distributed.
  6. Bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until the edges of the bake are starting to turn a deep golden brown and the middle feels firm.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing in to bars. NOTE: If you would like them to be more crunchy, after you have removed the bake from the oven, before you slice it - wait ten minutes (so you don't burn yourself), flip the baked mixture over and place upside-down, on a large tray, back in to the oven to bake for 5 - 10 minutes more, which will crisp up the other side. Then, allow to cool completely and slice into bars.

Recipe Notes

*the use of a 1/2 cup each of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried apricots is a guide only – you can use whatever nuts, seeds and / or dried fruit that you like! To keep the sugar to a minimum, I would recommend using no more than a 1/2 cup of dried fruit at the most, and making up the rest with seeds and nuts. I like to use organic, un-sulfured apricots because they add a nice subtle sweet touch plus they are a great source of iron, too. If you’re using nuts, as they are a bit larger than seeds the bars will work best if you roughly chop them first, so they’re nicely distributed throughout the bars and the bars hold together well.