Photo: Courtesy of Eat Your Greens.
Nut & Seed Banana Oat Snack Bars
"I've been on the hunt for a not-too-sweet granola bar for years, and these baked bars— packed with oats, pepitas, almonds, walnuts, and dried fruit — are the homemade snack I've been looking for. I like to make a big batch during the weekend and freeze them for grab-and-go healthy snacks throughout the week." — Anjali Prasertong, Eat Your GreensIngredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries or pitted dates, chopped
3 small ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Butter or other oil, for greasing panDirections:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a nine-by-nine-inch square pan.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit. Place the bananas, vanilla, salt and cinnamon in the bowl of a small food processor or blender and process until smooth. (You will have about 1 1/4 cup of puree.) Pour the banana puree over the oat mixture and stir until all the dry ingredients are evenly moist. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 30 minutes, until firm and lightly browned on the edges. Let cool completely and cut into six bars. You can store them in an airtight container for a couple days, but I recommend wrapping them individually and freezing them in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.