Banana Coconut Granola Bars

by Kate on September 9, 2013

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Granola is such a healthy, crunchy treat. I love that it can be so versatile, filled with any number of ingredients to suit your taste. Sprinkled over yogurt, eaten by the handful or even Granola Muffins, there are so many ways to enjoy it. Surprisingly, until these Banana Coconut Granola Bars I’d never made homemade granola bars before. Chewy and only lightly sweet, they’re wonderful for tucking into lunch boxes or for an afternoon snack.

This month for Secret Recipe Club I was paired up with Cookaholic Wife. I can happily say that I was thrilled to be matched up with Nichole through our mutual involvement with both SRC as well as creative use of ingredients each month for Improv Challenge. So this was the perfect opportunity to go beyond the month posts and really dig into Cookaholic Wife. When I laid eyes on her Cherry Coke Cupcakes I was pretty sure I’d found my pick. I was between those and her Apple Pie Cupcakes. Clearly, I was in the mood for cake.

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In the mood for cake or not, when making my choice I’d just come off of Ice Cream Week so I needed to give my body something a little healthier so my search began to shift. I landed on Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips and was in love. I adore kale chips! I usually just make them with a little salt and pepper but next time I’ll be make Nichole’s recipe. Next I found her Granola Bars with Bananas, Cranberries and Pecans. Sold!

Truth be told, I didn’t want to change a thing. In fact, I had no intentions of adapting anything. The recipe sounded perfect. Then I went to the cabinet only to find that little mouths had eaten all the cranberries. I was already toasting up my oats and pecans so it was time to improvise. Enter coconut. And what a perfect addition it was. I’m so thankful for missing ingredients at times because sometimes wonderful creations are born.

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The tropical coconut paired wonderfully with the ripe, flavorful bananas in this lovely chewy granola bar. It’s a satisfying, filling and best of all, healthy snack. I’ve since made these two more times and each time they disappear quickly. With Maddy starting school, I know I’ll be making frequent batches and variations to add to her lunch box.

Enjoy!

~K

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Banana Coconut Granola Bars

1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 18 bars

Banana Coconut Granola Bars

These healthy banana coconut pecan granola bars are a fantastic afternoon snack!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 large bananas (ripe)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tbs. ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9x11 baking dish with parchment paper, allowing some to hang over the sides for lifting bars out later.
  2. Spread oats and pecans evenly out on a large baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, stir occasionally until lightly toasted.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Then fold in the oats and pecans.
  4. Transfer to prepared baking dish and press mixture down evenly. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Use the parchment paper hanging over the dish to lift the granola bars out of the dish. Return to the wire rack and let cool completely. Slice into bars.

Notes

Adapted from Cookaholic Wife

https://foodbabbles.com/banana-coconut-granola-bars/

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Sweet as Sugar Cookies September 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

Mmm, you definitely cannot find granola bars like that in a store. The flavor combo sounds awesome. By the way, I had your blog this month and made your Honey Challah. It was perfect.

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Kate September 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I’m so happy you enjoyed the challah. That is one of my favorite breads!

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Amanda E September 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

Do you think frozen (slightly overripe) bananas would work in this recipe??? Have 5 of those currently in my freezer…
Great SRC pick

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Kate September 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I do think that would work just fine as long as you defrost them first. I don’t see why not. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary September 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

One of the treats I started after raising children was the making of my own granola; ever since it’s a favorite and I always have either granola or homemade granola bars on hard. These sound great Kate…thanks for a new recipe!

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Kate September 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Thanks Barb! I love homemade granola. I don’t know why it took me so long to make granola bars but I’m certainly glad I finally did.

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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings September 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Your pictures look great!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog September 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Kate, these look wonderful. I love the flavor combo.

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Isabelle @ Crumb September 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm

These bars look scrumptious! This recipe is just calling my name… I’ve been meaning to bake up some granola bars for quick take-to-work lunches, and this banana-coconut combo sounds just perfect. Not to mention that I actually have three overripe bananas sitting on the counter as we speak. If that’s not a sign that these bars and I were meant to be, I don’t know what is! 🙂

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Kate September 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

They’re perfect for on the go eating. Hope you enjoy them!

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Cookaholic Wife September 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Coconut sounds like the perfect substitution for cranberries. Now I need to make these again!

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Jersey Girl Cooks September 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I love how you wrapped them up. Now I want to make homemade granola bars!

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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork September 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Beautiful!! Do you think I could use pumpkin puree instead of bananas?? Bananas and I haven’t been getting along lately. This recipe sounds too amazing to pass up!

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Kate September 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Oh wow! What a great idea Meghan! I do think that would work nicely. If you make them let me know how the pumpkin works in the recipe. That sounds wonderful!

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Anna September 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I’ve never made granola bars, either, but I think I’m going to have to change that. These look and sound amazing.

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

these look amazing! i can’t wait to try them out 🙂

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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction September 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Love the coconut substitution! These sound like the perfect snack!

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Evelyne@cheapethniceatz September 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I have never made granola bars either but this recipe is tempting with bananas and coconut. They look great and just might have to give them a try soon 🙂

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LeAndra September 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Banana and coconut! You’re killing me. I love each of those flavors. Adding this to my list of go-to snacks.

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Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook September 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm

These sound terrific. My kids would love them.

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Anne | The Chef's Wife September 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Those sound delicious!! We can’t do a lot of banana just because my son has such a huge sensitivity to amines so we don’t buy them often, but they sure love granola bars. 🙂

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Kate September 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thank you Anne! I wonder if you could perhaps find a banana substitute? They act as a binder and a bit of a sweetener in this recipe. I’d love to hear how you’d adapt it.

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Faith October 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Do these need to be stored in the frig, or are they good to travel with? Just wondering how it would be with bananas?
Thanks, they look yummy!

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Kate October 27, 2013 at 9:34 pm

They’re perfect for traveling! They can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Hope you enjoy them!

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