Banana-Peanut Granola Bars

Banana-Peanut Granola Bars

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From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2017

These healthy, homemade granola bars are reminiscent of peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches. Be sure to look for dried banana, not banana chips. The chips are cooked in oil and, if not stored properly, can have an off taste. We tested several sticky sweeteners, including maple syrup and honey, but found brown rice syrup held the bars together the best.

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  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried banana ( ¼ inch)
  • ½ cup macadamia nuts, toasted and chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted peanuts, toasted and chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup brown rice syrup or light corn syrup
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra parchment hanging over two sides. Lightly coat the parchment with cooking spray.
  2. Combine oats, rice cereal, banana, macadamia nuts, peanuts and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Combine rice syrup (or corn syrup), peanut butter and ginger in in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds (or heat in a saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute). Add to the dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined. Transfer to the prepared pan and firmly press into the pan with the back of a spatula.
  4. For chewier bars, bake until barely starting to color around the edge and still soft in the middle, 20 to 25 minutes. For crunchier bars, bake until golden brown around the edge and somewhat firm in the middle, 30 to 35 minutes. (Both will still be soft when warm and firm up as they cool.)
  5. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then using the parchment to help you, lift out of the pan onto a cutting board (it will still be soft). Cut into 24 bars, then let cool completely without separating the bars, about 30 minutes more. Once cool, separate into bars.
  • To make ahead: Individually wrap airtight and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 granola bar
  • Per serving: 167 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 22 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 0 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 14 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 60 mg sodium; 122 mg potassium
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  • Exchanges: ½ starch, ½ fruit, ½ other carbohydrate,1 fat

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