Square Granola bars

This is likely to become the simplest recipe ever published on this blog. And what more, it is vegan, healthy (no added sugar or fat) and consists of only two ingredients. If you have a smoothie maker or blender, the dough can be made in a few seconds.

Granola bars pre-oven

I have written about the benefits of bananas in pastry before. Bananas can be an excellent substitute for eggs (especially if you mash them in a blender until smooth and frothy, as done in these chocolate muffins) and are naturally very sweet. This means that you don’t have to add any sugar to the recipe. Though this recipe is – in its basic form – super-simple, easy to make and (I guess?) healthy, the cookies/bars aren’t tasteless, and the recipe can be varied indefinitely.  What about chocolate chunks or cocoa powder? Cinnamon? Apple? Cranberries?

Granola bars post-oven

Recipe adapted from this Norwegian recipe.

For 8 small cookies or bars:

1 small banana (about 90g without peel)

50g rolled oats

Optional additional ingredients; e.g. dried fruits, nuts or dark chocolate, or spices; cinnamon, vanilla, or salt. (I used 30g dried and chopped raisins and apricots, and a pinch of cinnamon.)

Set the oven to 190℃. Peel the banana mash with a fork or in a blender until it has a  smoothie-like consistency. Add the oats to the mixture and mix the two together. Add any additional ingredients, and scoop the cookies out on a sheet. Put the tray in the middle of the oven bake them until the edges look golden (about 15 minutes; the cookies are supposed to be soft and chewy). Let the cookies cool on a rack before devouring.

Notes:

– Use gluten-free oats to make gluten-free cookies.

– If you want to make granola bars, it is possible to roll out the cookie dough on the tray before baking, and cut out small bars from it after baking while it is still hot.

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