Thursday, January 13, 2011
Almond Butter Granola Bars
I got the recipe here and followed it pretty much exactly but I changed the amounts of fruit and nuts a bit. These amounts are rough estimates.
1/2 cup almond butter
2 mashed bananas
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried sour cherries
1/4 cup raw pepitas
1 cup rolled oats
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, heat up the mashed bananas and almond butter over low heat, just to get them to an ooey consistency and are well combined. Set aside.
2. In a food processor, pulse together the whole almonds, raisins, and cherries until they are coarsely chopped. Add to the banana/almond butter mixture and then add the oats and pepitas as well. Stir in until the mixture is all coated in "sauce".
3. Transfer the granola to the prepared pan, press down so it is flat and as even as possible. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove and wait for the granola to cool completely. When it is cool, cut into bars and store in an airtight container.
NOTE: any dried fruit can be used as long as the total is 3/4 cups. Apricots would be great I think. Also any sort of seed can be used in place of the pepitas like sunflower seeds.
I linked these up to Boost my Blog Friday and Friday Potluck