Healthy & Light Granola Bars

6 simple ingredients and a whole lot of flavor

A few days ago, a good friend of mine, Amanda, sent me a super healthy granola bar recipe that I couldn’t resist making. Not only did the recipe look quick and easy, but it hit me that Amanda has been one of my greatest supporters throughout my entire blogging journey. From the moment I posted my very first blog post, she was always there to like, share, comment and even trust me with her nutrition questions. I just wanted to really say thank you for not only this great recipe, but for all of your support and encouragement over the last few years! You know that great quote about how strong and confident women lift each other up rather than tear them down? Well, Amanda’s definitely that #girlboss. So THANK YOU!


I wanted to start with a little run down on these granola bars and why they are completely different than anything you’ve made before. First, I can’t tell you how many times I have come across a granola bar recipe that calls for over a half cup of peanut butter. I mean I love peanut butter and I eat it almost daily, but a whole cup can rack up some serious calories, fat, and if you aren’t careful – refined sugar! Yes, most peanut butters do contain sugar (up to 8 grams per serving!), which is why I always look at the ingredients panel before purchasing. So that is the first big difference in these bars – they do not have a peanut butter base. Instead, the bananas act as a really great bind that kind of holds everything together.

Amanda’s granola bars contain all natural ingredients (plenty of organic options if you prefer), zero grams of refined sugars and unhealthy fats, and provide plenty of fiber to go around. They are soft and moist without falling apart, packed with great flavor, and are only around 100 calories per bar!

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Amanda’s Super Healthy Banana Bars!

What you will need: 3 very ripe bananas, 1/4 cup of honey, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, optional dates or other add ins • 2 cups of rolled oats, 2 tbsp. ground flax (I just used flax seeds), 1 tbsp. of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt

*There are a few things that I didn’t have on hand from the original recipe (which I will post below) such as dates, but they turned out delicious even without them

Start by preheating your oven to 350º F and line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment or foil. { With granola bars, you can even use a flat cookie sheet or even a 9×9 if you have it, they just might be thinner/thicker than this recipe }

In your first bowl, mash your ripe bananas until you have a nice and smooth consistency. Add in your honey and vanilla extract and continue mixing. In a separate bowl, bring together 2 cups of rolled oats, 2 tbsp. of ground/full flax seeds, cinnamon, and pinch of salt.

Fold in your dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Once it is evenly combined, I like to let the batter sit for a few minutes so that the oats can really soak up that banana base. In your 8×8 pan, evenly spread out the granola and bake it for about 15 minutes or until golden in color. Cut into 12 rectangular ‘bars’ and enjoy!

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Amanda's Healthy Banana Bars
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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Amanda's Healthy Banana Bars
Print Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350º F and line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment or foil. { With granola bars, you can even use a flat cookie sheet or even a 9x9 if you have it, they just might be thinner/thicker than this recipe }
  2. In your first bowl, mash your ripe bananas until you have a nice and smooth consistency. Add in your honey and vanilla extract and continue mixing
  3. In a separate bowl, bring together 2 cups of rolled oats, 2 tbsp. of ground/full flax seeds, cinnamon, and pinch of salt
  4. Fold in your dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Once it is evenly combined, I like to let the batter sit for a few minutes so that the oats can really soak up that banana base
  5. In your 8x8 pan, evenly spread out the granola and bake it for about 15 minutes or until golden in color
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Here is the original recipe for anyone interested! Thank you again Amanda! 

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