Monkey Bars

Ingredients for delicious and healthy eko granola

I am hesitant to call these granola bars. While it’s true that they have oats and nuts and seeds and fruit, they’re just not “granola-y” enough to be called a granola bars.

But they’re really yummy and kind of remind me of my favourite Vegan Bars from Crampton’s Market.

Don’t be turned off by the long list of ingredients. These go together in a snap. To make sure that the banana is completely incorporated, I used my hand blender to whip up all the wet ingredients. If you don’t have one, you can use a regular blender, or mash your bananas really well before whisking everything together.

My recipe is heavily adapted from this one at Erica’s Sweet Tooth. My biggest changes to her recipe were the add-ins and the puffed quinoa. I doubled it, too, which gave me nearly 2 weeks worth to freeze.

Monkey Bars
The wet:
2 very ripe bananas
2 egg whites
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp real vanilla extract
4 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp brown sugar (or 1 Tbsp brown sugar Splenda)
2 tsp cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
1 tsp salt
The dry:
3 cups regular (large flake) oats
2 cups puffed quinoa (If you omit the quinoa, increase oats to 4 cups.)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
2 Tbsp tiny chocolate chips
4 Tbsp hemp hearts
2 Tbsp chia seeds
In a small bowl, mix together all of the wet ingredients and spices until well-combined. (Or, use a hand-blender. See note above.) In a larger bowl, stir together all of the dry ingredients. Pour wet into dry, and fold together until completely, totally, 100% mixed. Read: no dry bits.
Pour mixture into a prepared* 9×13″ baking pan, pressing down and smoothing the top with a flexible rubber scraper. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into 16 or 20 bars.

*Spray your baking pan lightly with canola spray, line (in one direction only) with parchment, and spray again. Take the time to do this, and the whole thing can be lifted out and onto a cooling rack.

Calories? 136 each, based on 20 bars, or 170 each, based on 16 bars. Or 2720 calories if you eat the whole pan in one sitting. (Don’t do that.) If you want a “breakfast bar” sized bar, cut the batch into a dozen squares and enjoy a 225 calorie treat. I’m going to stop now. I’m a words girl, not a numbers girl.

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