Easy Banana Granola Bars | The Nutritionist Reviews
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Easy Banana Granola Bars

These Chiquita Banana Granola Bars have zero added sugar and are loaded with fiber, whole-grains and protein for a healthy snack that kids and adults will love! They are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
I’m proud to be partnering with Chiquita as they join forces with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to share healthy recipes that not only meet the ACS’ nutrition guidelines to help reduce the risk of cancer but also supports the ACS’ mission to save lives. Through October, more than 200 million Chiquita bananas worldwide will feature pink stickers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a reminder to eat healthy, get regular screenings, donate and to sign up for a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

A close family member had breast cancer a few years back and thank goodness, was able to beat it. Breast cancer awareness will always be close to my heart because of her! 

Today I’m going to share with you a recipe for Chiquita Banana Granola Bars, which as I mentioned, aligns with the ACS’ nutrition guidelines. The ACS recommends a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, and limits red and processed meat -- exactly the lifestyle that I follow and recommend.

This recipe has no-added sugar. And I'm not talking about maple syrup or honey either. No sugar. They are naturally sweet from the bananas, which are rich in potassium and fiber, and are sweet on their own making them an awesome healthy swap. The oats are also rich in fiber and the nuts provide healthy fats and some protein. These are nutritious enough that you could eat them for breakfast and are tasty enough for a snack or dessert!

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My kids and I are totally crazy for snacks! While we do buy packaged snacks, I like making my own when possible because I know exactly what is in them and can make them healthier than store-bought versions. These Chiquita Banana Granola Bars take about 5 minutes of prep time before you throw them in the oven to bake and you have healthy snacks for the week in no time.

Easy Banana Granola Bars have zero added sugar and are loaded with fiber, whole-grains and protein for a healthy snack that kids and adults will love! www.nutritionistreviews.com #bananas #snack #healthy #granolabars #cleaneating #oats
These bars are so easy to make that my daughter who just turned 4 can make them. I chopped the nuts myself and she helped with the rest. It was really fun to make these together! Just mash the bananas with a fork and then mix in the rest of the ingredients, pour into a pan and bake for 25 minutes. Super easy!

Easy Banana Granola Bars have zero added sugar and are loaded with fiber, whole-grains and protein for a healthy snack that kids and adults will love! www.nutritionistreviews.com #bananas #snack #healthy #granolabars #cleaneating #oats

Yield: 7 bars 

Chiquita Banana Granola Bars

Chiquita Banana Granola Bars have zero added sugar and are loaded with fiber, whole-grains and protein for a healthy snack that kids and adults will love!
Prep Time:  5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutesTotal time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 very ripe Chiquita bananas, with brown spots on peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Mash bananas with a fork and add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Scrape the mixture into the baking dish and press down firmly with a spatula until everything is even.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes- can add up to 5 minutes if bars do not seem done. For a slightly chewier bar, take out after 25 minutes.
Tip: You can use frozen bananas for this recipe as well. Just let them thaw before mashing.

Enjoy!

Enjoy and be sure to check out the pink stickers on Chiquita bananas at your local store and all of the healthy recipes that meet the American Cancer Society’s nutrition guidelines at Chiquita.com!


Like this recipe? Check out other recipes using bananas:

Strawberry Banana Breakfast Popsicles
Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
Blueberry Banana Zucchini Bread

Easy Banana Granola Bars have zero added sugar and are loaded with fiber, whole-grains and protein for a healthy snack that kids and adults will love! They are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. www.nutritionistreviews.com #bananas #snack #healthy #granolabars #cleaneating #oats
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