As You Like It Granola Bars

Remember the water detox from yesterday? Remember how there were visions of food doing the cha-cha-cha in my head. Meet the protagonist who played a starring role in the dance sequence – banana and nut granola bars. In my starvation induced light headedness, the little squares and rectangles joined up and executed some perfect moves. So as soon as I was physically able to (they did not tell me that the detox headache lasts well into the day and shall require copious amounts of carbohydrates as a bribe to go away) I baked a batch.

# of toasty slices of heaven consumed = 2

# of grams gained = every single gram I lost yesterday + 4000

Amount of remorse = None

Size of grin: Ginormous

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Base recipe from Oh She Glows

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed, about 1.5 cups
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey (I used some ginger honey, you can use any)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 2 cups oats, pulsed once in the processor (keep it coarse, do not grind to a fine powder)
  • 5 cups chopped nuts (I used a mix of almonds, pistachios, and cashew nuts)
  • ¾ cup dry fruits (again whatever you like, and have on hand. I used dried cranberries, black raisins, brown raisins, pitted and chopped dates)
  • ¾ cup seeds (did I mention any mix will do? Mine was green pumpkin seeds, white pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds)
  • A couple of dashes of coconut oil

How to:

  1. Lightly grease a 10-inch by 10-inch pan with coconut oil. Line with parchment and grease again. My bars are pretty thin so you can use a smaller pan for thicker bars
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients, till well combined. I have written them in the order I mixed them, with frequent stirring in between. But “as you like it” is the theme here
  3. If it feels too dry, add some more coconut oil. It will be crumbly mix though.
  4. Spread out in pan and tamp down till even
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes till golden brown on the sides and firm to the touch. Rotate pan mid-way if your oven has hot spots.
  6. Cool thoroughly before cutting
  7. Loudly declaim Shakespeare “O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful! And yet again wonderful” while doing the cha-cha-cha across the living room (optional)
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