I have really been enjoying bars lately because they are such an easy way to create a perfect healthy and portable snack. Buying bars all the time can cost a lot of money and it can be hard to find a gluten free and vegan bar. Plus, I like to make sure my bars are high in protein and low in unnatural sugars. I came across this recipe on Pinterest. With all the nuts, seeds, and fruit these bars are definitely heart healthy!
This recipe was adapted from here:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup whole almonds
- 4 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup dried coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup gf rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a loaf pan or 8×8″ pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a small, combine peanut butter and mashed bananas and stir to incorporate. (You may need to heat up the peanut butter before combining it in with the mashed bananas for easier strirring.)
- In a food processor, coarsely chop almonds, dates, and cherries.
- Add in the coconut flakes and pulse for a couple seconds, just to incorporate it into the mixture.
- Transfer mixture into a medium bowl and mix in the pumpkin seeds and oats. Then, fold in the peanut butter and banana mixture.
- Press the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes. (Mine had to bake for the longer time, I think because my bananas were on the big side.)
- Let cool completely before cutting. Then, wrap individually in wax paper for healthy snacks that are ready to-go!