This tasty granola bar is full of nutrient-packed nuts, seeds, and fruit. While nuts are loaded with calories and fat, these monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (including Omega-3) help to lower bad cholesterol and have been associated with a lower risk of heart disease. These heart-protecting fats in nuts are also accompanied by vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals like antioxidants. Plus, they’re really delicious—especially in this yummy granola bar!
Vegan Nut and Seed Bar
Recipe Type: Snack
Serving Size: 1 bar
Makes 14 servings
- 1½ cups mashed ripe bananas
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups quick oats (certified gluten free if needed)
- ½ cup walnuts
- ¾ cup sweetened, dried cherries
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup shredded almonds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13” baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mash ripe bananas until smooth. Add vanilla and oats and mix well.
- In a food processor, pulse the walnuts and cherries on low until they are roughly chopped. Add to the banana mixture.
- Add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and cinnamon.
- Mix well until everything is combined evenly.
- Pour mixture into the baking dish and press until evenly distributed.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then cool completely on a rack.
- If you are in a hurry, you can place them in the freezer for about 15 minutes, then cut them into bars.
|NUTRITIONAL INFO||PER SERVING|
|Calories||200 (100 from fat)|
|Carbohydrate||19g (4g dietary fiber, 5g sugar)|
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