In this instructable I will show you how to make a granola bar. This particular recipe is for a homemade chocolate granola bar. Granola bars come in all kinds of different flavors and they are super duper easy to make at home. Whether you are going to be hiking or just want a healthy snack, make yourself some granola bars. :) If I can do it, you can do it, let's get started!
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Follow the steps below or watch the short video tutorial or do both! :)
Step 1: Ingredients/Tools
- 1 cup of rolled oats (Old-fashioned 100% whole grained) (90g)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (50g)
- 1/2 tsp. of baking powder (2g)
- 1/2 tsp. of baking soda (2g)
- 3 medium ripe bananas
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract (5ml)
- 1/4 cup of honey (85g)
- 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (40g)
- granola bar pan: www.granolabarpan.com or use a brownie pan with parchment paper
- food processor or blender
** The granola bar pan is not on the market yet, the link takes you do their kickstarter page. The girl running the kickstarter lives a half a mile away from me and I am helping her get the word out about her granola bar pan. :)
*** The link to the food processor is an affiliate link, clicking on it, helps me to make more instructables and videos. :)
Step 2: Blend Those Oats
First preheat the oven to 350 F (176C). Next add your oats to a food processor or blender and blend the oats until they become almost like a flour. It only takes like 20 seconds or so.
Step 3: Remaining Dry Ingredients
Now let's add our unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda to the food processor and mix those in. Place the dry ingredients mixture in a large bowl and set aside.
Step 4: Let's Go Bananas!
Now place your ripe bananas in the food processor and add in the honey and vanilla extract. Turn the food processor on and mix until combined. Again, it only takes 10 to 20 seconds.
*Note let your bananas ripen until the peel is pretty dark, then place the whole thing in the freezer for later use. :) Don't be throwing away those dark bananas! They are great for granola bars and banana bread/muffins.
Step 5: Mix Mix Mix
Now add your banana mixture to your oats mixture as well as your chocolate chips and combine them all with a spatula or wooden spoon.
Step 6: Fill and Bake
Now we fill up our cool granola bar pan or use like a brownie pan with parchment paper. Then bake it on the middle rack of the oven at 350 F (176 C) for 14 to 18 minutes until when you poke it with a toothpick it comes out clean. Once baked let them cool completely. If you try and cut into them or take them out of the pan at this stage they are liable to fall apart.
Step 7: Remove and Finish Them Off
Next we remove them from whatever pan we used, if you used a normal baking pan, now you can slice them up however you like. Next drizzle some white chocolate if you like on top. I like to do this, because it makes them look a bit more fancy, haha. :) And I like the contrast between the dark and light. Enjoy! :)
Step 8: Video Tutorial
Now check out those steps in action by watching the short video tutorial. :)