Meatless Monday: Apricot Oatmeal Granola Bars

Granola bars are one of my favorite grab-n-go snack foods. They’re easy to pack, store well and can give you a much needed energy boost when you’re out and about but aren’t ready for a full meal.  Homemade granola bars are quite easy to make and definitely fit the bill for a tasty snack.

So, if you’re looking for a high energy snack that won’t weigh you down, you’ve got to try these granola bars. They taste great and are completely vegan (no eggs, milk, or dairy products)!

Apricot Oatmeal Granola Bars (V)

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/3 cup chopped apricots
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions 

  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees and toast the pecans for 10 minutes on a small baking sheet. 
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the granola batter. In a large bowl, mix together the mashed banana and peanut butter. Add maple syrup and cinnamon and whisk until combined.
  3. Stir in the oats, making sure that all of the oats are moistened. Add more maple syrup or peanut butter if needed. (note: the less “wet” ingredients you add, the crunchier your bars will be)
  4. Remove toasted pecans from oven and stir into the oat mixture. Add raisins and chopped apricots. 
  5. Press mixture into 8×8 baking pan, making sure it is evenly distributed and tightly packed.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares. (Makes 16 bars)
  7. Enjoy!   

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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