These granola bars are like half granola and half cake, on account of how soft and crumbly they are (especially when warm). I tried to make them healthier by substituting a mashed banana for the sugar, but there’s still butter and chocolate chips, which makes these more like a (somewhat healthy) dessert. To make these bars healthier, use a mixture of coconut oil and applesauce instead of the butter, and substitute dry fruits and nuts in place of the chocolate chips, and then you’ll have healthier, yet still delicious granola bars!
Recipe adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/11382/chewy-granola-bars/
2 cups Gluten free oats
1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup softened butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1 large banana, mashed
Preheat the oven to 165°C. Grease and line a square 9″ pan.
In a small bowl, mix the oats, flour and baking powder together. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, honey, mashed banana and vanilla extract together. Add the oat-flour mixture in batches, mixing well after each batch. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Spoon into the prepared pan, and press flat and even with the back of a spoon (make sure its well pressed at this stage). Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let the granola cool for 10 minutes, and then cut into pieces with a sharp knife. Then, enjoy! (PS – these bars taste great when they are warm and quite soft).