Quaker granola bars are a staple in my house. With two working parents and two athletic, always-on-the-run teenagers, granola bars are a simple, somewhat wholesome, thing to eat. However, like most prepackaged foods, there are so many unnecessary ingredients so I set about to find a better version for my family.
I experimented with a lot of different recipes until I came across this one from LaLaLunchbox. Four ingredients, all real food, and they taste delicious! I used that recipe and adapted it by adding a little bit of maple syrup and chocolate chips. While the bars tasted great without them, I knew it would be a harder sell for my children to give up their Quaker granola bars without a bit of sweetness. It worked–I had to triple the recipe because the first time I made them, the entire batch was eaten in one afternoon.
In addition to being healthier than their prepackaged relations, my granola bars are a whole lot cheaper. And, in terms of convenience, the whole process took about 35 minutes, including cooking time. Easy, healthy, cheap, and delicious–they really are the Best Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.
Best Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
(recipe adapted from LaLaLunchbox)
3 super ripe (aka brown) bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
2 cups of rolled oats (not instant)
1/8 of a cup of chocolate chips
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8×8 dish and set asid.
In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas until they are smooth.
Add the vanilla, maple syrup, oats, chocolate chps and salt and mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-28 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy.
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