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Banana Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan gluten-free)

These banana granola bars are super easy to make, are no-bake and can be made vegan and gluten-free!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 -12
Author Heidi @ Food Doodles

Ingredients

  • 2 large overripe bananas (240 grams total, without peel)
  • 1 cup (92 grams) rolled oats (Use GF oats, if needed)
  • 1/2 cup crunchy cereal granola or nuts
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or any other sweetener you use, if using a granulated sweetener add 2 tbsp liquid such as almond milk
  • 2 tbsp (28 grams) natural peanut butter or other nut or seed butter
  • 2 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips (make sure to use vegan, if desired)
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries or other dried fruit
  • 2 - 4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Line a muffin pan with paper liners, or use a silicone muffin pan for easy removal.
  2. Mash the bananas. Add wet ingredients and cocoa powder and mix well. Add all other ingredients, mix well then press into prepared muffin tin.
  3. Freeze at least 60 minutes before enjoying. We like keeping them in the freezer for easy snacks. In the past we've used a homemade cereal that stays crunchy but more often than not I'll use homemade granola or even an equal amount of nuts but use whatever you have. I've even used toasted buckwheat before and it works really well and stays crunchy.

Recipe Notes

Since these are no bake granola bars feel free to experiment, there's not much you can do to ruin these. Little pieces of fresh fruit are a great addition, any nuts, seeds even coconut are delicious addins. Let me know in the comments below what you've tried and how they turned out! Adapted from Oh She Glows.