January 11, 2012 by Nicole Morrissey 48 Comments I was almost scared to try another granola bar recipe.
They either didn’t stick together into bars, which defeats the whole idea of a granola bar for on-the-go.
With the new year and all the resolutions, snacking can be a pitfall of people’s diets. These are also great to add to a simple breakfast of yogurt or fruit for something quick and easy. Line a 9- by 13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper, with about 1 inch of parchment paper overlapping the sides. Transfer the oats and pecans to a large bowl and stir in dried cranberries, ground flax seed (flax meal), cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir the banana mixture into the oat mixture until well combined and starting to clump together.
Bake until the bars are golden brown and starting to separate from sides of the pan, about 30 minutes. I am always on the lookout for a homemade granola bar – do you think I could skip the nuts and flax seeds because of my allergy? Perfect, I have a bunch of bananas no one ate while I was out of town, and the husband just ran out of granola bars in his stash at work!
Hmmm…you could try applesauce thickened up a bit with some cornstarch, or maybe half banana, half applesauce? Feel free to change up the ingredients to customize this low fat granola and make different flavors. I came to your site for the granola, and I picked up a banana bread doughnut recipe as well. This looks so yummy and ita€™s way better and healthier compared to most of the stuff we buy, regardless if ita€™s organic or not.

Harmony House sells tons of freeze-dried berries, fruits, veggies etc and all their products are meatless. CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: CANOLA OIL, CORN STARCH, CINNAMON, NONFAT DRY MILK, BARLEY MALT SYRUP, BAKING SODA, SALT, WHEY, NATURAL FLAVORS, POLYGLYCEROL ESTERS (EMULSIFIER), MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), NIACINAMIDE, ZINC OXIDE, VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID), FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE (IRON NUTRIENT), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, THIAMIN MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN D, VITAMIN B12. Always check the product package in the store prior to purchase for the most accurate information. Or the contained more sugar, honey, maple syrup, or agave that they may as well have been a cookie.
As much as us grown-ups will enjoy these, they won’t last long with kids around, either!
I like bananas but each time i use them in recipes like this or smoothies, they flavor seems strange to me. I personally have a granola (well, cereal in general) problem where I consume practically the whole box in one sitting. I tend to get frustrated with most boxed granola because they have a ridiculous amount of added sugar. I used grape nuts (maybe not available outside the uk) instead of rice crispies, half honey, half maple syrup, and walnuts, almonds, cranberries and chopped dates! I used Grape Nuts (probably not available outside the UK) instead of rice crispies, half honey and half maple syrup, and walnuts, almonds, cranberries and chopped dates! Depending on what fruit you use you can skip the sweetener in its entirely to make it even better.
They come together in just a few minutes and keep well in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. In the paragraph below the 2nd picture you state that they are naturally sweetened with honey & unsweetened applesauce. This recipe contains NO honey, but it does contain unsweetened (natural) applesauce as stated in the ingredient list.

Thanks for the recipe, and I’m definitely going to try some more recipes from your site. I’ve used cranberries or dried cherries here, but raisins or dates would also be nice.
In a bowl, stir together the first 6 ingredients (plus optional nuts or coconut if desired, but not freeze-dried berries yet).
Sometimes I can switch it out for coconut oil, but I do have to be careful with the amount of fat I eat because it makes me so sick. My daughter is allergic to peanuts so anything store bought is out of the question and it just doesn’t seem healthy when my fingers are sticky from honey and agave. You said in the description that it is sweetened with applesauce AND honey, but I don’t see honey in the ingredients. Anyway, I was overjoyed when I saw this recipe sitting in my inbox today, because granola is a big “no-no” usually, which is sad because I love it! They have healthy fats from the nuts and vitamin and mineral-rich fruit from banana, apple, and cranberries. I am wondering, could you make another low-fat recipe that doesn’t involve bananas or dairy? The low fat granola will look soft when it first comes out, but it hardens as it cools and will be firm by the next day.

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