Healthy Banana Cranberry Oat Bars

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Holy cow Batman, it’s Christmas Eve!

I hope you are having a great day so far. I have been on the go all morning. I find Christmas Eve is always a bit of a rush to fit everything in. I got my hair cut (finally!), did some last minute errands, packing, and now we are off to visit family. I’m blogging in the car right now (blech!).

I did a bunch of baking for our get together this weekend and this is the first of a few recipes I will be sharing.

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I made these for three reasons: 1) I had ripe bananas to use up before we left, 2) I wanted a healthy snack on hand for the next few days, and 3) They look so darn cute all tied up in ribbon!!!

The bars are super easy to whip up and include some common ingredients that you probably have lurking in your cupboards. The recipe can easily be adapted to what you have! You can also play around with the mix-ins and use whatever you have on hand. Chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, etc would all be great in these bars!

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Start by mixing the Sucanat (or brown sugar), ground flax, oil, vanilla, and milk:

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Chop the banana and add it to this wet mixture.

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Stir…

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Now mash the banana with a potato masher (or you can use a fork too). You can leave it a bit chunky.

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Mix in your dried fruit or other mix-ins!

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Set this mixture aside.

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Now stir the dry ingredients.

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Add the dry ingredients to the wet (or wet to dry) and stir well.

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I added 2 tbsp Pepita seeds and cranberries because I thought the red and green looked festive!

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Scoop into an 8 inch square pan lined with parchment paper. Spread out the mixture with a spoon or hands and press it evenly and firmly into the pan, making it as level as possible. The more you pack in the mixture, the better the bars will hold together after baking.

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Now bake for 35-40 minutes at 350F and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.

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Slice into bars or squares and wrap up with a small piece of parchment paper and ribbon if you wish!

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I like cute food.

Especially healthy, cute food.

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I really enjoy these bars. They are wholesome and not very sweet, but that is what I wanted when I made them. I’m kind of on sweet overload right now and I love that these aren’t very sweet. They also have a wonderful banana flavour! Try them spread with nut butter too.

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 Ok, I think I’m starting to get a bit woozy (I’m blogging in the car!!), so I better sign off.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! I wish you a safe, happy, and delicious holiday. I’ll see you on Christmas day!

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(Don’t be fooled by my smile, I’m still scared of the holiday creepers!)

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Lana December 24, 2010

These look delicious!! I make granola bars almost every Sunday for the busy school week ahead and these look like a perfect addition to the recipe line-up!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Do you have a wireless card that allows to you blog while traveling?!

Y’all travel safe!! No blogging and driving, lol

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2010

Eric has one when he is on call for work…score! lol

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grocery goddess jen December 24, 2010

I never think to do cute things with my food, but those do look adorable all tied up like that!

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons December 24, 2010

These are GORGEOUS! Merry Christmas Eve!!!! <3

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Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 24, 2010

Those look great! I have everything to make them, too.

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Lauren December 24, 2010

These look tasty and easy to make!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

i am going to make these right now!! I was just looking up a recipe right now when your post popped up, so now baking for me!

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Katy (The Singing Runner) December 24, 2010

Wow! These look amazing! I love cranberries! I almost have all of the ingredients so I will be making these soon! :)

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 24, 2010

These look awesome! Totally my thing! They have been bookmarked :)
Have a great Christmas Angela! :D

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Healthy Chocoholic December 24, 2010

Those look soo good! Thanks for the recipe!
Merry Christmas to you, too!

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 24, 2010

I love the addition of the mashed bananas- it’s hard to go wrong with that!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2010

mmm the bananas are awesome in these and they keep the bars so moist too!

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Caley December 24, 2010

These look amazing! I had some bananas to use up too before leaving for a couple of days so this recipe couldn’t have had better timing! The bars are in the oven right now and I can’t wait to try them! They will be perfect for snacks in my purse for when we are travelling to visit family! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, Angela! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing holiday weekend!

Judging from the looks of your bars here, you haven’t been doing too much ‘relaxing’ but I hope so :)

The bars look awesome! I make some nobake bars with bananas, oats, dried fruit, just throw it all together and hope it works. Usually does…lol.

Merry Xmas!!!!!!!

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Miriam December 24, 2010

Merry christmas to you Angela!! :) Hope you’ll have a good one!!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 24, 2010

I just made these and they are to die for! Might eat the whole thing, rather than turkey dinner! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2010

glad u like them! Everyone here enjoyed them too :)

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Dani @ Body By Nature December 24, 2010

These bars are beautifully wrapped!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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Babs December 24, 2010

Yum! Those look so adorable. I definitely think “cute” food is more fun.

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Lauren at KeepItSweet December 24, 2010

you are right, they do look cute tied in ribbon!

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laura December 24, 2010

What a dedicated blogger you are!
Great recipe, imma try it, along with the strawberry-oat bars… so many varitations.
:)

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Kris | iheartwellness.com December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Ange!! I hope you and Eric have a very Merry Christmas and a very healthy and prosperous New Year!

Love the bars :)

xxoo

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Bronwyn Coyne December 24, 2010

Looks delicious! And healthy. Sigh how I miss healthy (well mostly). Oh well I’m gonna enjoy Christmas while I can.
Merry Christmas!

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Lisa Fine December 24, 2010

These look delicious – thanks for sharing the reicpe. (And they are awfully cute.) I’m curious: do these have a cookie consistency, or more of a granola bar consistency?

Have a wonderful Christmas weekend.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 25, 2010

Hmm they are a mix between a cookie and a granola bar I’d say. Everyone commented that they are quite moist too (from the bananas mostly!). They taste a bit like banana bread. Next time I might add some nutmeg too.

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Natalia@TheHealthScript December 24, 2010

Wow, I don’t think I have seen creepier dolls.
Merry Christmas to you too!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 24, 2010

I love experimenting with making my own bars. These look awesome!

Merry Christmas to you and Eric! :)

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Camille December 24, 2010

These are just too cute!
Merry Christmas, Angela!

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Jil @ Big, City, Lil Kitchen December 25, 2010

Love the wrapping!!

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Roz December 25, 2010

I hate to be a copycat, but I’m going to do the parchment ribbon thing next time I bake “giveaways”. They look gorgeous!!!! Merry Christmas to you, your husband, adorable Sketchie and the rest of your family! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to more of your posts and photos in the new year!!!!

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Cara Craves... December 25, 2010

Those dolls are a little creepy :)
Love your oatmeal treat.

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Leia December 25, 2010

OMG, these look amazing! I’m going to try these asap. I love the way you’ve wrapped them up with a ribbon! So cute! I’ve been looking for healthy snacks for me and my family to nibble on and these look absolutely perfect.

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Wei-Wei December 25, 2010

These look great! I love that your baked goods aren’t usually really sweet – but they sound amazing nonetheless.

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Crissie December 25, 2010

The bars look great! I’m always looking for a healthy nut-free granola bar (my daughter has severe allergies), and these look perfect. Merry Christmas!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 25, 2010

I love how you make everything look so cute! These may need to happen this afternoon. I am on chocolate overload at the moment. I have a ton of fresh cranberries… wonder if they will work here?

Merry Christmas to you, your family, and the creepy holiday dolls. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 25, 2010

not sure…I would think fresh cranberries would be too tart…the dried ones I used are sweetened :) Merry Christmas to you too!

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Amber K December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas! Those bars are beautiful, and they look so yummy!

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iheartvegetables December 25, 2010

Those bars look delicious! Merry Christmas!

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Brynn December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas! I made your snickerdoodles for Christmas Eve. I made them a day in advance and they were so delicious right out of the oven but the next day they were hard and dry. They are still great dipped in coffee like biscotti but kind of a bummer since I liked them soft and chewy. Did you have this problem? I followed the recipe exactly.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 25, 2010

They are a firmer cookie, but I don’t think they were hard or dry the next day…strange! Sorry you experienced that…I’m not sure why that would have happened.

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Paige December 25, 2010

Just wanted to wish you a very merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your wonderful spirit with us this year!

Paige

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Kim December 26, 2010

I’m going to make these! I actually do have all the ingredients on hand, and since it’s blizzarding out… what better way to spend the day? I love how you tied these with ribbon. Adorable.

Happy Holidays!

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christyn@ All Ways Nutritious December 31, 2010

these look delicious…love the ingredients!! i’m going to making these for yummy, healthy snacks. thank you

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Celena January 1, 2011

Yum! I adapted these a little and wound up with banana, chocolate chip bars. Just finished baking the second batch in as many weeks.

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Bridget January 1, 2011

These were awesome, even though I found out mid-preparation that I only had 1 cup of oats. I threw in dried blueberries instead of the cranberries, and also some almond pieces and chocolate chips. I took them on a retreat this weekend because I was afraid there wouldn’t be many vegan options. I was right, and ate them all within 3 days ;)

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Danielle January 11, 2011

These are Awesome!! thanks so much for the post. They are a new favorite here. I would say they are moist. The first time I used mixed dried berries and I kind of like it that way best. They are also good plain, with no berries, seeds or nuts. My kids like them better plain.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011

glad you enjoy them!! :)

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