Banana Almond Granola Bars

Ingredients 
  • 3 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped Equal Exchange Organic Almonds
  • 3 large, ripe Equal Exchange Organic Bananas
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed (or flax meal)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
#Snack
#Vegan
#Vegetarian
Directions 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9- by 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, with about 1 inch of parchment paper overlapping the sides.

Spread out the oats and chopped almonds on a baking sheet. Place in the oven until they are lightly toasted, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas with the back of a fork. Stir in applesauce until combined.

Transfer the oats and almonds to a large bowl and stir in dried cranberries, ground flax seed (flax meal), cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Stir the banana mixture into the oat mixture until well combined and starting to clump together. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and press down evenly.

Bake until the bars are golden brown and starting to separate from sides of the pan, about 30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan. Let cool to room temperature, then cut into bars.

Makes approximately 18 bars. Serve or store in an airtight container.

Adapted from http://www.cookincanuck.com/2012/01/low-fat-granola-bars-with-bananas-cranberries-pecans-recipe/

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