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sugar free granola bars

I love granola bars but the one you buy from the supermarket are often full of added sugar and do not contains much fibre. So I decided to make my own sugar free granola bars naturally sweetened with home made banana puree and dried apricots. I love bananas as a natural sweetener because even a small amount create an immense sweetness on your taste buds. I am eating those sugar free granola bars before going for a morning run. The banana and dried fruits are good complex carbs to provide long release of energy during my run. Today I run one hour and I get two square of those sugar free granola bars for breakfast with a black coffee and two glass of water.  You have got two different recipe options. The one on the top which is slightly brushed with maple syrup to give a shiny look to the bars or the raw recipe below. The granola bars are already really sweet and it is not ‘useful; to brush them with maple syrup. It is probably my girl side who wanted to make them shiny!

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Almond Butter Granola Bars

These granola bars have a chewy texture and are perfect for a healthy on-the-go breakfast.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Author: SweetAsHoneyNZ
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • In a saucepan heat almond butter and mashed bananas. Stir gently until well combined. Set aside. (It takes about a couple of minutes or so)
  • In a food processor, chop the almonds, apricots, and cranberries. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the pumpkin seed, chia seeds, sunflower seeds and oats.
  • Pour the almond butter and bananas.
  • Combine until it gets together.
  • Press the batter onto a baking tray covered with baking paper.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until the granola bars turn slightly brown.
  • Let the granola cool down before cutting into bars.

 

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    10 comments
  1. I am so excited to try this recipe! However, can you tell me what size pan you are using? I want to make sure I don’t get them too thick or too thin.
    Thank you!
    Michelle

    • It is a really good granola bar recipe, you’ll love it! I used a 8 inches square pan, it makes thin bars as on the pictures. Delicious! enjoy the recipe. Happy baking. Carine.

  2. Hello, I saw your delicious recipe on Pinterest. I would like to try these and while I am not usually a fan of added sugar, I do want to brush them with maple syrup for gift giving. Dumb question -would you brush them AFTER you take them from the oven when hot, or cool, or BEFORE baking?

    Can’t wait to try them! Thanks a bunch.
    Peace and hugs

    • Hi Heather! I am the same, I am not really a fan of added sugar but brushing those granola bars with a tiny bit of maple syrup after baking them is great. It had a lovely light sweet taste and makes them shine! So bake the bars. Let them cool down and then brush them with maple syrup. If the bars are still lukewarm it is ok as well, it is even easier to brush the runny syrup. Enjoy the recipe and let me know if you have got any problem! Carine.

  3. Hi, Carine! I found your blog through Pinterest and I love your recipes!! All of your gluten free recipes are great for us, as we don’t mix carbs and proteins on the same meal.
    Regarding these granola bars, we don’t use a high sugar fruit as banana mix with other food too so, do you think I could use sweet potato instead? Or any other suggestion?
    Hugs, and Merry Christmas!

    • I am so glad you find my blog! I really like balanced meals and I always makes my recipes allergy friendly but nutritious as well. I never tried sweet potato in baking yet. If you try in those bars let me know. I guess it should works well too. Merry Christmas too! Carine.

    • Hi Katrina, Thanks for coming along my blog. Those granola bars kept up to a week in a airtight container in your pantry at room temperature. I love storing them in a metallic cookie box or glass jar as I found they get softer in a plastic box. I am pretty sure you can keep them longer than a week but we always eat them within less than 7 days 🙂 Enjoy! Carine. xx.

  4. These look absolutely fabulous! Cant wait to get some the ingredients so I can try them 🙂 One thing though, in the pictures it looks like there are oats in the bars, but I didn’t see any oats in the recipe or their measurements. ?

    • True you need 1 cup of oat! Luckily I keep all my yummy recipes on a book in my kitchen and I just double check it is a mistake while entering the recipe on the blog. So sorry for that 🙂 They are delicious and easy to make. I hope you enjoy them as we do with my girl.