Banana Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Road trip! Road trip! Road trip!

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I mentioned I was getting ready to go on a vacation later this week. I am so excited to get away and see some new sights! Plus, I am extra excited to have a totally awesome camera to drag along with me. I have grand plans to take picturesque shots of curled barbed wire around a fence post, or a faded Texas star in the deep sunset light…. In all honesty, I’ll probably be happy to get a blur that somewhat resembles a three year old, or my daughters back as she leaves her “old” mom for girl talk. Regardless, I’ll post a couple and let you make the determination yourself.

Banana Dark Chocolate Granola Bars ~ www.onefineshindig.com

I always have to consider two major things when I go on a road trip. Things to keep myself, the kids, and the driver occupied and of course, snacks. Mad Libs are pretty much a must, they are easy to play and absolutely hilarious. I also got this really fun looking Would You Rather game that I just know is going to cause deep and funny discussions along our long drive.

Banana Dark Chocolate Granola Bars ~ www.onefineshindig.com

On the other hand I needed snacks, ones that could withstand warm cars and still hold a level of healthy quality. I went with packaged apple sauce, trail mix, goldfish, and these homemade granola bars. I think I covered pretty much everything in these bars – protein, fruit, carbs, nuts and a little sweet. Bananas are so versatile allowing many different items to be paired easily with them. Of course peanut butter is a common one, but I also love chia seeds with bananas. They provide an unusual protein source and helps fill you up without eating a lot.

Banana Dark Chocolate Granola Bars ~ www.onefineshindig.com

There is so much planning that goes into road trips. Where do you like to go? Close or far from your home? Then how long do you drive? A simple drive day for me is 8-10 hours, but if I’m driving straight through, I’ll switch off maybe every 4-5 hours to keep you fresh. This time we are going to do a mix of both depending on which way we are going.

Banana Dark Chocolate Granola Bars ~ www.onefineshindig.com

I know everyone has a favorite road trip destination and one day I hope to make my way up to Yellowstone and spend a good few weeks exploring all the gorgeous nature there. These granola bars would be perfect as a hiking snack to keep you going all day long!

Banana Dark Chocolate Granola Bars
Yields 16
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ripe bananas
  2. 3 tablespoons honey
  3. ½ cup peanut butter
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 2 ¼ cup quick cooking oats
  6. 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  7. ½ cup dark chocolate chips, rough chopped
  8. ¼ cup macadamia nuts, rough chopped
  9. ½ cup dried cherries
  10. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 inch pan with a sheet of parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Peel and mash the bananas with a fork until few lumps are left. In the microwave, heat the peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a small bowl for about 20 seconds until soft and can be mixed together easily. Mix thoroughly with the bananas.
  3. Add the oats, cereal, chocolate chips, nuts, cherries and chia seeds to the large mixing bowl. Gently stir until completely mixed. Pour into the prepared pan and press down with a spatula to flatten in an even layer. Bake 20-30 minutes or until edges start to brown. Let cool then cut into your favorite shape.
Adapted from Sweet Phi
Adapted from Sweet Phi
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