Clean Eating Granola Bar

Granola bars are the perfect snack. Loaded with yummy ingredients, nutrition, and they’re convenient too! Good for on the go. I decided to make some to keep in my lab coat at work so I can have a morning snack after rounds.

Problem is, if you look at the ingredients on any type of bar, they sneak in the not so healthy ingredients! Extra sugars, chemicals, and preservatives so it keeps in your cabinet till the apocalypse.

I decided to make a clean eating alternative to this so I could have them during my 30 day challenge (still going strong by the way and I feel great!)

A couple of hints before we jump into the ingredients. You will really have to SEARCH like crazy for natural dried fruits. If you go to the regular grocery store, almost every single brand has the extra sugar, if you get lucky you can find a few that are just dried and have the natural sugars. :)

For this recipe you will need:

-1 cup of whole grain old fashioned oats
-1 Tablespoon of ground flax meal
-1/4 cup of dried currants
-1/4 cup of dried cranberries
-1/4 cup of dried cherries-chopped (or any type of dried fruit without the sugars)
-1 packet of stevia in the raw
-1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1 fairly ripe banana, chopped as small as you can
-2 Tablespoons of natural peanut butter
-2 Tablespoons of natural honey
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-1 tsp cinnamon

Also grab some parchment paper!

Start by heating up the almond milk in a pan for a minute or two, then add the banana and vanilla

The glue to old the oats together!

The glue to old the oats together!

Once it starts cooking some, try to mash the bananas down further. This is going to be easier with a fairly ripe banana. Mine wasn’t as ripe as I needed it, but I still used it and it worked fine.

Things should be bubbling a little bit, but don’t have the heat too high, keep it on low to medium so it doesn’t burn.

After things start mixing, add the cinnamon, peanut butter, and honey. Stir it up.

Natural Peanut Butter is my favorite new snack. Where have I been?

Natural Peanut Butter is my favorite new snack. Where have I been?

Natural peanut butter is a little thicker than regular, so while this cooks down some, prepare your dry ingredients: oats, dried cranberries, currants, and cherries, and stevia in the raw

That's the Flax meal on top

That’s the Flax meal on top

Mix this together

Looks good by itself!

Looks good by itself! I picked some of the dried fruit out waiting for the mix on the stove… :)

By now your peanut butter should be melted. If not, keep stirring to help it out some!

Melted!

Melted!

I then mashed my mix with a rubber spatula a little to get the chunks of banana down to a minimum

Overall this will take about 15 minutes to cook down to this

Overall this will take about 15 minutes to cook down to this

Now you are going to add this to your oat mix

Stir Stir Stir quickly

Stir Stir Stir quickly

It will be quite sticky, but that’s good. We need to hold the oats together!

I tried a little here and said oh my gosh this is good!

I tried a little here and said oh my gosh this is good!

Next line a baking dish with parchment paper and slide the mixture in the dish

Sliding Mix

Flatten the mix out evenly and press down with a spoon or your hands. I used my hands even though it was sticky (worked the best)

Flatten mix

Pop this in the fridge overnight to set

In the morning take it out and it’ll slide right out of the dish!

Comes out so easy!

Comes out so easy!

Peel away the parchment paper

Peels off like a dream

Peels off like a dream

And cut into 8 equal bars

Yay Granola Bars!

Yay Granola Bars!

And EAT one!

Clean Eating Granola Bar! Perfect Portion

Clean Eating Granola Bar! Perfect Portion

Here’s the thing about these. You MUST keep them in the refrigerator. Especially because there are no preservatives and it has the banana.

Because they are so sticky, I put them in individual freezer bags and placed a few in the freezer so they would stay fresh for the week. Don’t worry they will not get super hard. I suggest you do this and then just grab one each morning out of the freezer.

I lived on them all week long! So sticky and sweet :)

Nutritional info: 102 calories, 3.2 grams of fat, 16.1 grams of carbs, 3.2 grams of protein

BETTER THAN ANY GRANOLA BAR YOU CAN BUY!

Happy eating…

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

Comments

  1. cant wait to try this recipe later on today :D thank you!!

  2. Hi! Was just wondering if the ground flax is necessary! I only have whole linseeds could I just add them instead?

  3. I am nervous about these since they are not baked- are they chewy or soft ?

  4. I was wondering if I could add some rice protein powder to boost the protein or should I not? How many bars does it make and could I double it or does it mess it up? They look yummy:)

    • You can certainly do that! I add protein powder to my skinny minnie clean granola! Works great. Makes about 8-9 bars depending on pan. I would not double it, I did that once with the granola (pretty much the same recipe) and it didn’t come out right.

  5. This sounds great, I can’t wait to try it. When you say 1 packet of stevia, how much is in a packet? I have some packets of stevia but they are quite small, like the size you’d put in a cup of coffee. So I’m not sure if that’s what you mean by a packet, or something else. Also, could I substitute honey?
    Thanks!

    • Yes 1 PACKET! You can add more if you like it really sweet. I didn’t think it needed it. Everything in the recipe is okay to taste as you make it, so test it out and try :)

      And yes honey is okay too

    • I agree…you don’t need it! Mine were plenty sweet w/ the dried fruit and honey.

  6. Kelseyrae says:

    This recipe looks great! Do you think it would work with regular milk instead of almond milk? I know it won’t technically be clean then but it’s just what I have at home.

  7. Is there something I can substitute for the bananas? I have a real hard time with the taste of them.

  8. I made these last night and they are delicious! I used almond butter instead of peanut butter. Added a spoon of wheat germ (we are not gluten free obvi). I do have to say they’re really soft! Maybe the peanut butter would’ve helped?! Also with the dried fruit and honey it was plenty sweet. I did not add the Stevia. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s a nice treat when I need something sweet. Here’s to clean eating!!

  9. Question…do you have to use the flax meal? I’m not used to making my own food so not sure what to put in or not to put in. Trying to start eating better I’m not getting any younger!! Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :)

  10. this looks tasty. what pan size did you use–square (8×8) or a larger 9×13?

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