This recipe was originally generated by accident…following a batch of chocolate granola gone wrong. That will teach me to mess with things when they are perfect as they are. Anyway, this particular batch was a little lacking in flavour and was very crumbly, still edible but not enjoyable as a snack on its own.
So chewy granola bars to the rescue! This could easily have been a no-bake recipe as the banana holds everything together, however to me they were like chunky versions of smoosh bars, and I wanted something a little firmer… so I baked them for 10 minutes. Just enough to firm them up but so they still retained the lovely chewy texture.
You can use any fruits and nuts you like and if you don’t have granola you can toast some oats and use those. I used chocolate granola, but if yours is plain feel free to throw in some cacoa powder or maybe even some cocoa nibs for a bit of raw chocolately goodness!
Recipe: chewy coconut granola bars
Makes one 8” pan
1 medium banana- mashed well
2 tbs chia seeds
1 cup mixed fruit ( I used raisins/dates/cranberries/figs
½ cup coconut flakes (or crushed nuts)
1 cup granola (I used homemade choc granola)
Blend all ingredients, except the granola, together in a food processor on medium speed (so the fruit doesn’t break up too small) or mix well by hand. Add the granola last, mixing through well.
Press firmly into a lined square pan. You can either keep these raw and simplychill until firm or you can bake them for approx.10 mins at 180C.
Once cooled/firm cut into bars and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.