Whenever I try to think of activities I can do with my children during our quality family time at weekend, baking is always something that I come back to.
We don’t do it as often as I’d probably like – it can sometimes take a lot of preparation and I don’t always have the time to organise myself – but it’s certainly something I enjoy. I know Olivia and William enjoy it too (within reason).
Sometimes I get a burst of inspiration when it comes to baking and that’s exactly what happened this weekend. I’ve been looking around for a healthy granola bar recipe and decided to create my own!
These granola bars are healthy and packed full of nuts, seeds and fruit. They’re good if you need to grab something on the go or as a snack at any time of the day.
Healthy fruit granola bars.
This is a simple recipe, which children can easily get involved with. My daughter, Olivia, jumped at the chance to help and mix all the ingredients together.
For this recipe I used fresh strawberries and blueberries, but you can add any dried or fresh fruit you like. Dried fruit tends to work a bit better because it doesn’t contain moisture like fresh fruit does, so this can’t seep out during cooking and soften the granola Having said that, I do like the taste of the strawberries and blueberries in my recipe.
I also drizzled yoghurt over the top of these granola bars. I think this adds a nice, additional flavour. For this recipe I used Muller Light coconut yoghurt to add some extra taste, but you could experiment with different flavours or use plain yoghurt with some vanilla extract.
This is what I like about these fruit granola bars – they’re so versatile!
What you need…
For the granola bars:
- 200g rolled oats
- 2 small – medium sized bananas, mashed
- 100g strawberries
- 50g blueberries
- 100g almonds, roughly chopped
- 100g sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsps of coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp milk
For the yoghurt drizzle:
- 2 tbsp boiling water
- 1 tsp of gelatine
- 3 tbsp of low fat yoghurt
What you need to do…
To make the granola bars:
- Heat your oven to 160°C / 320°F.
- Mix the coconut oil, banana and milk together then add the oats, nuts, seeds and fruit and mix until everything is covered in the banana mixture.
- Lightly grease a baking pan (I used Frylight Better Than Butter Oil Spray for this).
- Spoon the granola mixture into the pan, packing it in as tightly as possible.
- Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and leave in the pan until completely cool.
- Lift out of the baking pan, cut into bars and put to one side.
To prepare the yoghurt drizzle:
- Add the boiling water into a bowl and sprinkle the gelatine into the water. Mix until the gelatine is completely dissolved. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look like much. Once added to the yoghurt, it will be enough to set it.
- Once the gelatine is fully dissolved, mix it slowly into the low fat yoghurt and stir well.
- Drizzle the yoghurt over the granola bars until you have either used by all the yoghurt, or coated your bars with as much yoghurt as you want. The gelatine will ensure the yoghurt sets and doesn’t melt later on.
Keep in an airtight container and store them in a refrigerator.
Make sure the granola mixture isn’t packed too thickly into the baking pan or your bars may end up too ‘dense’ due to the concentration of the banana mixture. Any leftover mixture can make a second batch of bars.
If your granola bars do turn out a little too ‘dense’ or ‘heavy’, try cutting them into bite-size pieces instead of bars.
If you like this recipe, check out some of my other recipes on the blog.