Monday, April 11, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Granola Bars

A while back I got on a granola kick and made the stuff pretty regularly.

Then, for one reason or another, I let my inner hippie down and haven't gotten around to making it in quite a long time...

Leave it to my resident barefoot hula-hooper to get on me about though; he's been bugging me to make it now for weeks okay, maybe even months.

The other weekend was one of the first in a long time that we had absolutely nothing to do- we went on a lovely date Friday night, spent the next morning weeding the garden, met some friends for fantastic Texas BBQ, and spent the rest of the time between the couch and the backyard.

Needless to say, I had no excuse but to make MM his ever so desired granola. Of course, I wasn't going to stop there, which is where these granola bars come in.

After whipping up some Basic Granola with dried cranberries and blueberries, I decided to make use of the bag of banana chips I had in the pantry..

And what goes perfectly with bananas? Peanut butter and chocolate of course!

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Granola Bars

1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup rice krispies
1/2 cup bran flakes
2 TBS pumpkin seeds
2 TBS sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dried bananas (lightly crushed)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 TBS oil

Preheat oven to 300 and line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix oats, krispies, bran flakes, seeds, bananas and chocolate chips.
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir peanut butter, honey and oil until peanut butter becomes thins and mixture is smooth.
Pour warm mixture over dry ingredients, mixing until granola is evenly coated- the mixture should start to clump together.
Press granola mixture into prepared pan and flatten with back of spoon or spatula.
Transfer to oven and bake for about 8 minutes.
Allow granola to cool slightly before placing in fridge to continue to cool for at least 20 minutes.
Use a plastic knife and cut into bars.

Happy Baking!