No Bake Granola Bars!

by Nicole on March 22, 2010

It’s here, the final countdown till vacation. 7 days! I need to get my butt in gear and start to pull out bathing suits, warm weather clothes, get sunscreen, passports, etc.  I already am thinking of what snacks I am going to bring for the plane and for the week. I have a couple in mind and I don’t want to stick with bringing a million bars, so I gave granola bars a shot.  I am thinking I will individually package them before we leave and then have them handy for the entire trip. I also want to make some of Averie’s raw goodies for our trip.  I have to say our hotel seems amazing. They already emailed us asking if we have any special diet requests, so I am not really worried about food there. All of the reviews rave about the food and how fresh and wonderful it is.  

The ingredients in the mixing bowl.
spread out in an 8×8 pan
cut into 16 can see in the top right where I took a nibble.
No Bake Granola Bars

1/2 ripe banana, smashed
1.5 cup oats (old fashioned)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used 1/4 cacao nibs, 1/4 cup 70% cacao dark)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup slivered (or any type) almonds
2 T chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cut a piece of parchment paper to match the size of your pan. Mix together and spread out in pan.  Freeze. Turn over and out on a cutting board. Cut into 16 pieces using a pizza cutter. I put these back in the freezer so they stay fresh.  

The great thing about these is that they are customizable. You can really add whatever you want to them to make them taste great to you. These are really really tasty as it, but you could swap agave for maple syrup, or dark chocolate for white, or even almond butter for peanut butter. 

Today I am off to Columbia for a workshop.  I’ll be eating a late lunch with Danny somewhere outside, maybe in Bryant Park.  Then some shopping MAY ensue…. 

Have a great day!
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healthyexposures March 22, 2010 at 6:05 am

ooh, these look great! And that is so cool about your hotel already asking about food concerns!
What kind of agave do you use? I finally picked some up the other day to try, and took a good couple minutes trying to figure out if I should go with dark or light, haha. Finally I went with dark – haven't used it yet, though! Just curious :)
Have a great day!


Estela @ Weekly Bite March 22, 2010 at 7:54 am

Yum! These look great and so easy to make too! I love that you don't have to bake them!


Jessica @ How Sweet March 22, 2010 at 7:58 am

I have never made no bake granola bars! I really want to give them a try.


Simply Life March 22, 2010 at 8:08 am

wow! those bars look great!


Christine @ Grub, sweat and cheers March 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

Those look great. I'd say they provide a nice bit of pre-workout energy – I imagine adding some protein powder wouldn't alter the texture too much?


Jeanne March 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm

These look so delicious – and easy to make! I love granola bars, but haven't made them myself yet.


pegasuslegend March 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm

you are so clever these are perfect!


Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly March 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Those look perfect! What a great snack!!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I just went to the lady's site who you linked and I she indeed used my recipe!
I really couldnt tell what tweaks she made and the title of them is exactly the title I use :)

anyway, who's ever recipe it was, yours look awesome and I am so glad you made them!!!

My recipe actually got picked up and published today so I am pretty proud of it!

And the chocolate balls that you made…so glad you're liking them! Cashews are a much creaier nut and blend better but I am sure that walnuts with some effort totally worked and probably taste heavenly!

Thanks for telling me about it!!


Claudia March 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm

You had me at no bake!!
I think the kids would really like these.
I might have to pick up some pumpkin on the way home tomorrow.


Katie March 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Your bars are very similar to mine with a few changes. I'm going to have to give your a try now too. I wanted to make some with almonds so I'll try them next time I make a batch :)


Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) March 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Those bars look perfect! Love the ingredient list! :)


Hollafoodzone March 23, 2010 at 1:04 am

The bars look good – I wish I'd had more time to prepare food for my trip!


lynn @ the actors diet March 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

you had me at the words "no bake"


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