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Banana Split Granola Bars

These Soft Banana Split Granola Bars are the perfect homemade lunchbox snack! Delicious and filled with healthy ingredients, you’ll love sending your kids to school with these!

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So I am taking a detour from the usual stuff today. Well, just a minor detour.

These bars are jam-packed with sweetness, that’s for sure…so, no detour there.They are incredibly tasty…no detour there. They have quinoa in them…

Hello?

Are you still there? Helllllerrrr???

Don’t be scared y’all. Stay with me here.

My kids are about to start school and I am determined to try and sneak some healthy-ish stuff into their lunch boxes. We love our Oatmeal Cream Pies around here, but sometimes I like to act all earth-mothery. And make granola bars. With quinoa.

It’s like a challenge.

These bars, are called Banana Split Bars, and I got the recipe from THIS book that I just bought.  I don’t know the author and wasn’t sent a free copy.  I bought it.  With my own dollars.

I thought it might be a great book to have to make snacks for my kiddos in between their school and sports activities.

Once school starts we are on the run non-stop, like a lot of you guys, so I thought I could find some great recipes that would help give my kids the energy they need after school and keep them sustained through their soccer practices.

They really like the Homemade Clif Bars I’ve made in the past, and since protein/health bars ain’t cheap it’s nice to have a homemade alternative. Plus, you can freeze these and they will keep for a long time!

Plus, these Banana Split bars are really tasty! A little like banana bread in bar form…filled with dried cherries, walnuts, oats, honey…

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Ok, let’s get started…

Like I said there’s quinoa in these.  If you don’t like quinoa you can totally sub in some brown rice.

The reason quinoa is great, though, is because it’s a little higher in protein than the rice.  You can’t taste the quinoa at all and honestly, you won’t even know it’s in there. And if you’ve made some for dinner and have leftover, you can use that too!  I mean, as long as it’s not seasoned.  No one wants an onion and garlic banana split bar.

Ok, get your quinoa out…

Banana Split Granola Bars

Cook it up and transfer it into a bowl to cool completely.  It won’t take too long at all.

Banana Split Granola Bars

While it’s cooling get your other ingredients ready.

Quick Oats…

Banana Split Granola Bars

Some mashed banana…

Banana Split Granola Bars

Honey…

Banana Split Granola Bars

Now the yummies… dried cherries, walnut and chocolate chips.  I mean, what would a Banana Split be without the chocolate?

Banana Split Granola Bars

Spread that into a lined 9×13 and bake it up.

Let them cool and then cut into bars!

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These are really good, and your kids will love them!

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Banana Split Granola Bars


Description

makes 16 bars


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of mashed ripe bananas, about 3 medium
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries (you could also use Craisins or raisins)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°
  3. In a small sauce pan heat 1/2 cup until boiling over high heat, add quinoa, reduce to a simmer and cover for 9 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to sit for 5 minutes and fluff with fork.
  4. Transfer cooked quinoa into medium bowl to cool.
  5. In a large bowl combine oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  6. When the quinoa is cooled add mashed banana, egg, honey, Canola Oil and vanilla to bowl with quinoa. Stir to combine.
  7. Pour quinoa mixture over oat mixture and stir until all combined.
  8. Stir in dried cherries, walnuts and chocolate chips evenly.
  9. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  10. Bake 20-25 minutes until top is golden and set.
  11. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Notes

recipe from Power Hungry

Store airtight refrigerated for up to 5 days

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27 comments on “Banana Split Granola Bars”

  1. Allie | Baking a Moment

    Love these! I’ve been on the hunt for healthy, on-the-go breakfast ideas, these are going straight to my pinterest board. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I am impressed that you’re rolling with quinoa in these bars, Shelly! I know how it feels to want to pack some healthier lunchbox options. I am loving the hearty texture in these and those dried cherries!

  3. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    You had me hooked when you mentioned you put quinoa in these bars! I love those little transluscent bubbles.
    These bars look awesome – chocolate and berries and nuts all in one little handheald bar!
    Thanks so much for sharing this!

  4. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Love to make my own granola at home and this would be perfect for kids lunches!

  5. Emily @ Life on Food

    My husband heard a ridiculous story about quinoa once and won’t go near it. I am going to make these just to fool him 🙂 Plus I know I would love them!

  6. Annie @ Annie's Noms

    I love how these have quinoa in! Granola is one of my favourite things ever, going to have to make these and see what the quinoa adds 🙂

  7. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen

    Oooooo, I’ve been wanting to make something with quinoa lately. These look like they’d be so hearty and super adaptable to other mix-ins. Love it!

  8. Belinda @themoonblushbaker

    Yum Quinoa is a great sub for bars. I normally make too much anyway, so this great way to use it up before it goes bad.
    Nothing wrong with a change up to your every wonderful dessert, cupcake, cookie blog. We all love sweet things grain or not grain.

  9. These sound so good! I love the idea of quinoa is the granola bars and I mean banana split anything has got to be amazing!! So awesome and so perfect for back to school!

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