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5-Ingredient Healthy Granola Bars

5-Ingredient Healthy Granola Bars come together quickly, and are probably the healthiest granola bar recipe you’ll ever make! Sweetened mostly with banana, these granola bars are customizable to your hearts delight.

5-Ingredient Healthy Granola Bars sweetened mostly with banana. An easy, delicious crunchy granola bar recipe!

If you’re a snacker, I have a thrill of a snack recipe for you!

These 5-Ingredient Healthy Homemade Granola Bars are a bit chewy, a bit crunchy, perfectly sweet, and loaded up with good-for-you goodies!

We’re doing something unconventional here with these granola bars. We’re sweetening them mostly with bananas.

I know. Out of the box thinking!

You’ve seen me employ this trick in my 3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies, Healthy Apple Muffins, 4-Ingredient Flourless Healthy Brownies and more!

Do these granola bars taste like bananas?

I thought the banana flavor would shine through much more than it does. While you can taste hints of banana, the flavors from the oats, peanut butter, and chocolate chips mask it quite a bit. 

That said, if you don’t like the taste of bananas, this isn’t the recipe for you as you can taste them, just not overpoweringly so.

I love the idea of this healthy granola bar recipe for kids. The complex carbs and fat help tide them over between meals yet they aren’t getting an enormous boost of sugar.

My Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars are also a delicious healthier snack option.

Oat and nut Granola Bars made with just 5 simple ingredients. Sweetened mostly with banana!

Let’s go over the ingredients, as each serves a special purpose.

Healthy Granola Bar Ingredients:

Ripe Banana: The majority of the sweetness in these granola bars comes naturally to you by way of ripe bananas! Ripe bananas (are mashed until creamy then mixed with nut butter and a touch of pure maple syrup to generate the sticky, liquid portion of the recipe.

If you prefer your granola bars sweeter or if you don’t have ripe bananas on hand, omit the banana and use ½ cup of pure maple syrup.

Creamy Peanut Butter or Almond Butter: Peanut butter (or your favorite nut or seed butter) plays a crucial role in holding these granola bars together. The sticky substance also adds lovely flavor and some fat to make these bars satiating. No one likes a snack that leaves you feeling hungry! 

In addition, because the nut butter helps hold the bars together, there is no need for eggs, making these vegan granola bars an easy snack.

Pure Maple Syrup: Just a touch of pure maple syrup is all we need to boost the sweetness of these granola bars without making them loaded in sugar. The way I see it, the goal for any snack is to keep you satisfied until your next meal and not raise your blood sugar dramatically, or else you’re left right back where you started: hungry. 

You can leave out the pure maple syrup and boost the banana to ⅔ cup instead of ½ cup. You can also replace it with honey or brown rice syrup.

Rolled Oats: The star of the granola bars! I use gluten-free sprouted oats, but regular old fashioned or rolled oats work too. Toasting the oats ahead of time brings out the flavor and gives them a firm crunch. You can skip the toasting step to save time, and the bars will still be delicious, the oats will just be softer.

Roasted Almonds: For added crunch, roasted almonds bring delicious texture to the granola bars. You can get creative incorporating any of your favorite nuts and seeds. 

You can add up to 1 cup of mixed nuts and seeds. Roasted pecans and pumpkin seeds are my top two recommendations for additional add-ins.

For the best tasting results and crunchy texture, make sure whatever nut or seed you incorporate is roasted first. If you have raw nuts and seeds, you can easily roast them yourself in the oven.

This base recipe is very versatile! There are plenty of ways you can change it up to create your own fabulous healthy snack invention.

Optional Additions:

  • You can add up to 1 additional cup of any nut or seed you like, or you can mix and match your add-ins. Consider pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, or even dried fruit like dried cranberries or raisins.
  • While chocolate chips certainly level up the deliciousness of the granola bars, they are not mandatory. I will suggest if you don’t use chocolate chips, adding a dried fruit will help boost the sweetness.
  • Ground cinnamon and pure vanilla extract make just about any baked good better! Consider adding one or both.

Healthy Granola Bar recipe made with 5 basic ingredients. Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, sweetened mostly with banana!

How to Make Healthy Granola Bars:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the oats over a large baking dish and roast for 10 minutes, or until the oats are fragrant and slightly golden. Note: if you’re incorporating any raw nuts or seeds, toast them with the oats to ensure they become crunchy. Remove the oats from the oven and allow them to cool while you’re preparing the rest of the recipe.

Mash the banana into a mixing bowl until it reaches a creamy consistency and most of the lumps are out. Stir in the peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) and pure maple syrup until well-combined.

Pour in the oats, roasted almonds (or additional nuts or seeds), and chocolate chips. Stir well until everything is combined.

Stir the dry ingredients into the peanut butter and banana mixture

Line a 9” x 9” or 8” x 8” square baking pan with parchment paper. Pour the granola mixture into the pan and press it into an even layer (I do this with a rubber spatula, but you can also use your hands).

Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden-brown.

Remove the bars from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Once the bars have cooled for about 15 minutes, you can transfer the pan to the refrigerator to chill the rest of the way if you’d like.

Pull the edges of the parchment paper to remove the bars from the cake pan and place on a cutting board. Slice into 8 bars by slicing the bars down the center vertically, then making 4 horizontal cuts.

Enjoy these easy vegan granola bars any time the need for a snack arises.

If you love granola snack recipes, also try my Pumpkin Spice Granola, Cinnamon Raisin Paleo Granola, or Cherry Maple Almond Granola

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars made with 5 ingredients! Lower in sugar, good source of protein.

Let me know what goodies you add to your snack bars!

5-Ingredient Healthy Granola Bars sweetened mostly with banana. An easy, delicious crunchy granola bar recipe!
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5-Ingredient Healthy Granola Bars

Amazing healthy granola bars made with 5 simple ingredients. There are plenty of options to change up these bars to your heart's delight!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 Granola Bars
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

Optional Additions:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the oats over a large baking dish and roast for 10 minutes, or until the oats are fragrant and slightly golden. Note: if you’re incorporating any raw nuts or seeds, toast them with the oats to ensure they become crunchy. Remove the oats from the oven and allow them to cool while you’re preparing the rest of the recipe.
  • Mash the banana into a mixing bowl until it reaches a creamy consistency and most of the lumps are out. Stir in the peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) and pure maple syrup until well-combined.
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  • Pour in the oats, roasted almonds (or additional nuts or seeds), and chocolate chips. Stir well until everything is combined.
    Granola bar mixture in a mixing bowl
  • Line a 9” x 9” or 8” x 8” square baking pan with parchment paper. Pour the granola mixture into the pan and press it into an even layer (I do this with a rubber spatula, but you can also use your hands). Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden-brown. Remove the bars from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
    Press the granola bar mixture into a parchment-lined pan into an even layer
  • Pull the edges of the parchment paper to remove the bars from the cake pan and place on a cutting board.
    Bake in the oven until golden-brown
  • Slice into 8 bars by slicing the bars down the center vertically, then making 4 horizontal cuts. Enjoy any time the need for a snack arises.
    Cut the bars into 8 granola bars

Notes

Get creative with your mix-ins! Add up to 1 1/2 cups of roasted nuts, seeds, or dried fruit like raisins or dried cranberries. You can use any nut or seed butter you like, so long as it is thick and well=stirred.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 8 | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g
5 Ingredient Healthy Granola Bars that are gluten-free, vegan, easy to make, and sweetened mostly with banana. Easily customizable and delicious!
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Nicky

Friday 15th of April 2022

Thanks Julia, this is such a great base recipe for experimenting with. We now have a constant supply of these. Today I doubled the banana and added sunflower seeds, soft dried apricots and cranberries. Plus vanilla extract and extra maple syrup. It still held together really well. Yummy!

Julia

Saturday 16th of April 2022

I love that! So happy you enjoy them! The dried apricots and cranberries sound amazing!

Missy

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

My bars fall apart a little bit. What can I do to make sure they keep their bar shape, especially as they're packed in lunches?

Julia

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Hi Missy!

Did you make any changes to the recipe? Did you allow the bars to fully cool before slicing them? I ask because my bars held together very well, so I'm trying to determine what is different. :) xoxo

Julie

Sunday 13th of February 2022

These are delicious! How should they be stored? How long do they last?

Julia

Monday 14th of February 2022

Hi Julie!

We store them on the kitchen counter in the same cake pan I used to make them for up to 1 week :) You can also store them in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator to make them last longer. xoxo

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