Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

What to pack for a long day hike in Tahoe tomorrow… a light daypack with a bladder for easy drinking, a sun hat, sunscreen, and SNACKS! I came across a recipe for homemade granola bars on So Good & Tasty and was immediately drawn to try them. I had all of the ingredients in the pantry and ten minutes later, they were baking in the oven.

These are incredible! Not too sweet and not too peanut buttery. You can hardly taste the banana yet I think it’s crucial for the texture. I’ll be making these again and again and again for many hikes and backpacks to come this summer. Yum!

Granola Bars (adapted from So Good & Tasty)

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup all natural nut butter (I used crunchy peanut)
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 1/8 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit (I used cherries)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shaved coconut
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment.

In a large bowl mash the bananas with the back of a fork. Stir in the nut butter until everything is well combined.

Add the oats, chopped nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate, cinnamon, and coconut. Stir well until everything is well combined.

Spread the batter evenly into your prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The top should be slightly browned and give a little when pressed. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars, this is important. Store wrapped tightly in a container or in the fridge.

Yields about 8-12 bars depending on the way you slice them.
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