Healthy Granola Bars ~ 2 Ways

These Healthy Granola Bars are kid and Mom approved and can easily become a school friendly snack too! Oh, and an added bonus, they take less than 10 minutes to throw together and a quick bake in the oven. This Mama can wake up at 6:30 in the morning, and have the breakfast cookie version on the table for 7! Yes, I feel like I wear a super Mom cape sometimes! I am not ashamed to celebrate those rare moments and you shouldn’t be either!

 

This Healthy Granola Bar recipe can be actually made in three ways: bars, squares or cookies.

AND the beauty is, the kids enjoy the variety, but can enjoy the healthy options for breakfast, lunch or a snack.

You can truly create this recipe into anything you want. Use this recipe as a guideline. Feel free to add a variety of dry ingredients (and when you discover a favourite combination, be sure to come back here and let us all know!).

Healthy Granola Bars

Healthy Granola Bars ~ 2 Ways
 
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These healthy granola bars can be made into bars or cookies and are kid and Mom approved!
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Recipe type: snack, breakfast
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats (I prefer large flake)
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup almond milk (or any other type of milk you have on hand or prefer)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Optional Extras: dark chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit, chopped nuts, seeds, chia seeds, 1 scoop of protein powder
Instructions
  1. To make this in one bowl, here is what I do:
  2. Mash bananas
  3. Add vanilla, milk and applesauce - stir together.
  4. Add oats and any extras you choose - stir together.
  5. Put into a square pan, a cookie sheet or a silicone mini bar pan
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

 

Healthy Granola Bars

These yummy, healthy treats don’t last very long in our household. But, they can be stored in an airtight container for a few days. You can even freeze them to throw into last minute school lunches.

If you’re looking for a No-Bake version, feel free to check out these healthy snack bites.

Here I am with Kiki from Meal Garden, sharing how I make these fun snacks:

What extras would you consider putting into your Healthy Granola Bars?

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  • sambows

    I would put almonds in my granola.

  • Stephanie

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Lynda Noack- Cook

    These sound great and a great way to use up my bananas instead of making banana bread all the time

  • Jocelyn Paprocki

    I’m always looking for fun recipes and my toddler loves bananas, so this is perfect!

  • KRBCAN

    Chia seeds! I am starting to see those as ingredients in a lot of recipes now

  • Lushka Smith

    Those look so good and a bonus that they are healthy.

  • Allie Futterer

    These look delicious-perfect to fuel me through a yoga practice or run!

  • loriag

    This looks like a really yummy recipe and it is nice that it is good for you!

  • Meg Aquino

    I didn’t know granola bars were baked as I’ve never made them.

  • sambows

    These sound great. My daughter will love these. She is a real healthy eater.

    • Lyubov Fridlyand

      I agree.

  • Sky

    These look super yummy and easy to make!

  • Elizabeth Friesen

    Yum! I love granola bars and so do my kids but, more often than not, they’re more sugar than anything else! These seem perfect! Can’t wait to try them!!! 😀

  • Allie Futterer

    What a wonderful recipe!

  • Donna L.

    These look so yummy, and easy to make.

  • kathy downey

    Thanks for sharing these sounds so easy !