healthy Chiquita® Banana-Pear Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

CookingLab 2014 Week 7 Grand Prize Winner Cathy from Hometown: Mound, MN.

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Where Did The Recipe Idea Come From?
My husband has type 2 diabetes and, unfortunately, a sweet tooth. While I do my share of baking decadent desserts for special occasions, it’s important that I keep the fridge stocked with treats that will satisfy his need for sweet without compromising his heath. By swapping out the sugars with some healthy, but sweet Chiquita bananas, I was able to make a granola

I Love Bananas Because… They are a healthy way to sweeten my day!

healthy Chiquita® Banana-Pear Chewy Granola Bars Recipe
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Ingredients:

  • 2   cups large flake rolled oats
  • 1/2   cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 3   medium, very ripe Chiquita® bananas
  • 1   Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2   Tbsp. honey
  • 1   tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4   tsp. allspice
  • 1/4   tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4   cup flaxseed
  • 1   Barlett pear, peeled and diced
  • 1/2   cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2   cup dried blueberries

Instructions for healthy Chiquita® Banana-Pear Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on both long sides of the pan. Set aside.

Spread the oats and the almonds on a large baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the oats are just starting to brown. Cool slightly.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Fold in the flaxseed, pear, cranberries, blueberries, oats and almonds.

Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan, packing it down with a spatula. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until firm and set. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Lift out of pan and continue to cool completely.

Cut into 12 bars.

 
 

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healthy Chiquita® Banana-Pear Chewy Granola Bars Recipe
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Servings:12

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