Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars

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I’m already starting to think about how I will fuel myself (quickly) after the little bambino arrives this fall. I’m not one who functions well with long periods between meals, so planning in advance is going to be my best ally. The healthier and more balanced, the better I‘m sure I’ll feel. Bring on the healthy, hippie foods, I say! In addition to freezer friendly meals – like veggie burgers and balls, chili, soup, falafel, enchiladas, pasta + pesto sauces, burritos, etc. – I hope to prepare snacks in advance that I can individually wrap and store in the freezer. Things that I can toss into my purse or quickly unwrap when I need a boost will be so handy. Amidst uncertainty, it always feels good to have a back up plan (even if my reality will be take out food more than not).

These lightly-sweet granola bars are a great option because they are only sweetened with bananas and sweetened dried fruit. No sugar crashes here! You could even remove the dried fruit if you really wanted to, but I love how the dried cherries provide a pop of sweetness throughout. But it’s not what the bars don’t have – it’s what they do have. How about hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, rolled oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, banana, and more. These wholesome bars are crunchy, hearty, and chewy in the best way possible. And super filling thanks to the balance of protein, fibre, carbs, and healthy fats. One bar clocks in at 6.6 grams of protein and almost 5 grams of fibre (you can see the complete nutritional info in the recipe below). If you wanted to boost the protein even more, you can increase the hemp seeds (and maybe reduce the sunflower seeds a bit).

For even more staying power, try spreading on some nut or seed butter (with chia seed jam to make it a party!) or even a bit of coconut oil. That’s never a bad idea. Is it snack time yet?

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Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free

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Hearty, chewy, and crunchy, these wholesome granola bars will fill up the tank and keep your energy stable. If you are feeding the nut-free crowd, you can easily swap out the walnuts and almonds for more seeds so no one is left out! This recipe is adapted from Anjali's Oat Snack Bars which was originally adapted from Faith's 4-Ingredient Banana Oat Bars.

Yield
14-16 large bars
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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium/large bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup dried cherries, chopped (I used 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepita seeds (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or fine grain sea salt, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a large rectangular baking dish (approx. 8.5" x 12.5") and line with a piece of parchment paper so the bars are easier to lift out.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the banana until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Place the rolled oats into a food processor (or blender on the lowest speed) and pulse until the oats are coarsely chopped (but still with lots of texture). Stir oats into the banana mixture.
  4. Chop the walnuts and cherries and stir these and the rest of the ingredients into the banana-oat mixture until thoroughly combined.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared dish. Press down until compacted and smooth out with hands until even. Use a pastry roller to smooth out if desired.
  6. Bake for 23-27 minutes (I baked for 25 mins.) until firm and lightly golden along the edge. Place dish on a cooling rack for 10 minutes then carefully slide a knife to loosen the ends and lift out. Place granola slab on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and then into the freezer for another 10 mins. (if you are impatient like me).
  7. Slice into bars once they are cool.
Approximate nutritional info: (per bar, based on 14 large bars using 1/2 cup dried sweetened cherries): 186 calories, 8.7 grams fat, 22 grams carbs, 4.7 grams fibre, 6 grams sugar, 6.6 grams protein. Without dried cherries, bars have approx. 3.6 grams of sugar and 166 calories.

Tips:

Tips: To wrap these up for freezing, I wrapped the bars individually in parchment paper using 6-inch by 12-inch pieces of parchment. After wrapping up a bar, tie it with string or tape it to secure. Finally, place all of the bars into a freezer-safe zip lock bag, press out all the air, and then seal it shut. I will update this note when I know how long the bars last for, but I expect they will keep for over 1 month in the freezer. 2) These bars aren't super sweet, so if you prefer something sweeter you can always add a touch of sweetener. 3) I also expect these would be great with chopped dark chocolate added in!

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1 Nina Vrolijk May 20, 2014

I was riding my bike uphill today and had to rush to pick my kid up at kindergarten. Had no time to eat something and was feeling realy weak. I thought a good protein-rich snack would be great right now (thought I was going to fall off my bike before even reaching the top). Guess you read my mind haha. Going to try these. Thanks :-)

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2 Alexis @ Hummusapien May 20, 2014

It’s fate!! I have way too many brown nanners on the counter right now. Love all the nuts ands seeds and naturally sweet goodness in there!

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3 Baby June May 20, 2014

This sounds like great fuel for such a busy time in one’s life! So many healthy fats and warm flavors to love!

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4 Christina (sisters running the kitchen) May 20, 2014

wow these look really good! hearty is definitely the word to describe these haha. I just pinned them. thank you!

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5 Johnna Green May 20, 2014

I just love your pictures! Ill have to attempt to make these. Here are a few healthy snacks that got me through my pregnancy and the year of breastfeeding- Add the “Jump Start” bar to the list.
inallofhersplendor.com/2014/01/06/healthy-snacks-i-love/

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6 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } May 20, 2014

These look delicious! I’m so excited to see how you manage maintaining such a healthy lifestyle post-baby. I know I’m hoping to do the same if/when the time comes for me, but I’m nervous about being able to juggle it all!

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7 Ashley @ Blissful Basil May 20, 2014

These look amazing and so nutritious! I love how you wrapped them all in such cute, transportable bundles. Little granola bundles of joy!

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8 molly yeh May 20, 2014

these look amazing and i am in love with that packaging :)

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9 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 20, 2014

These look so hearty and satisfying….and healthy! And love making my own granola bars. Healthier, cheaper, and you get to customize :) pinned!

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10 Chicago Jogger May 20, 2014

Lovely bars! Yum. I’ll have to add these to my list.

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11 Tina Muir May 20, 2014

Oh this looks absolutely wonderful! Just what I love to eat! I love that you are thinking about fueling your body, and how you and your bambino will feel better the better you eat. As an athlete I have noticed how a small change can make a huge difference. Granola bars like this are so much better than the processed stuff most people have!

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12 Kristi Rimkus May 20, 2014

I’m a fan of making my own granola bars and skipping the junk they put in store purchased bars. These look terrific!

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13 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 20, 2014

Ohh I’m with you, I need snacks around or I get to that hangry point! : )

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14 Iosune | Minimal Eats May 20, 2014

I’m a huge fan of granola bars, I love them!!! I’ve always used agave syrup but the next time I’ll use mashed bananas, what a great idea! Thanks Angela :)

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15 Lamirose May 20, 2014

thank you for this super nice recipe…

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16 Polly @ Tasty Food Project May 20, 2014

I like how you used banana as a natural sweetener! Yum!! Love how these granola bars can be wrapped up for freezing. What a great snack to throw in your purse!

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17 Emily @ It Comes Naturally Blog May 20, 2014

Mmm…they look delicious. Can’t help but think I might have to add a little raw cacao powder in :-)

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18 Christina May 20, 2014

I love all of the super healthy ingredients jam packed into one power house of a granola bar. I made your original glow bars for a vegan bake sale the other month and they were an absolute hit and I am sure these will be too!

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19 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2014

Aw so glad to hear they were a hit! Thanks for spreading the love. :)

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20 Kelly P May 20, 2014

Definitely do prepare healthy snacks ahead of time! The smartest thing I did during my pregnancy was stock my freezer with soups, chili and other hearty meals for the first post-baby weeks. As tired as I was with my big belly, I was even more tired after the birth and my husband and I were able to eat for almost a month with minimal cooking. It was such a relief. I might add that many of those meals were your creations!

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21 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2014

“As tired as I was with my big belly, I was even more tired after the birth”
So very true!! I’ll definitely think of that to keep me going during the final weeks of prep. :)

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22 colleen May 19, 2015

first and foremost …. I adore your recipes so much. I am not vegan, but trying to eat more and more vegetarian foods. Your recipes always work well, taste great, and don’t make me feel that somehow meat has been replaced with high amounts of sweeteners. I honestly think you are one of the best modern cooks going. :)

Good luck with the pre-baby prep. If you are planning on breastfeeding, then remember that breastfeeding actually takes 2-3 times more calories than pregnancy – Alarming number of calories. Pack like a bear getting ready for winter season!

Fatigue? After you give birth all that pregnancy hormone flood will dissappear – including adrenaline; your iron will drop dramatically; and the baby will keep you awake at odd times. I actually got so tired I feel asleep while standing in the foyer saying good-bye to some visitors. Thankfully my husband was able to catch the baby before I passed out. My guest was able to catch me before my head hit the floor. Needless to say, I had a friend come over the next day so I could rest between feedings etc. Pack lots of food so you can use ANY down time to nap/rest/sleep/bathe.

big hugs. thanks for all the great recipes!

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23 Tracy May 20, 2014

Hi Angela,
I’m excited to try these. I have a question about your jars. What kind are they? I’ve been looking for some jars that just have the measurements but don’t have a bunch of other writing on it. thanks

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24 Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen May 20, 2014

This look so wonderful and rustic Angela – like the perfect mid-morning or mid-afternoon ‘pick me up’ snack! I can’t wait to try these! I love that you can freeze them in advance for the busy days to come – thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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25 Tara May 20, 2014

These look delicious!! Do they have to go in the fridge or freezer? We are travelling next week and I would like to make them for the long drives but won’t have access to a fridge or freezer. Thanks :)

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26 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2014

Hey Tara,

This is my first time making them so I’m just storing them in the fridge and freezer right now. I do expect they would stay fine at room temp (just don’t let them get too hot) for at least a few days, but not sure on the timing. Happy travels!

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27 Natalie @ Whole Plate Wellness May 20, 2014

Oh my gosh talk about super-seed-powered!! These look amazing and so nutrient dense, perfect for busy days post-baby. Love the twine and paper too – such a cute idea!

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28 Janine May 20, 2014

Good idea to stock the freezer with snacks! I personally need to eat way more breastfeeding than while pregnant, and it is very nice not to worry about prepping stuff for awhile after babe is born. I found that people tend to bring over meals, but not snacks (or at least not healthy sustaining ones). Your quick and easy protein bars have been one of my go-tos the last couple of weeks, but I’ll try these next!

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29 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 20, 2014

These sounds awesome, Ange! I made a similar type of bar over the weekend (more as an experiment to see if the bananas would actually hold everything together) and it worked! Love that you’ve used just sweetness from fruit in here. Perfect one-handed snack for when you’ve got a baby in the other one! :)

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30 Shelby May 20, 2014

These look perfect. I’ve been looking for a granola bar that isn’t overly sweetened. Thanks Angela!

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31 Sarah @ Seriously Lovely May 20, 2014

I make something similar to keep on hand for snacks and now I can’t wait to give these a try! I love all the add-ins and the fact that they’re sweetened just with fruit. Yum!

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32 Karissa @ Vegan À La Mode May 20, 2014

These look so incredible! Given my obsession with the Glo Bars, I imagine I will love these just as much! I think I am going to try making these with Medjool dates for some extra sweetness! :)

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33 Phalyn May 20, 2014

I’m actually starting to do my post baby food prep today! I’ve already made an awesome list of your recipes that I’m hoping freeze well. Just wondering how you would freeze the enchilada???
You look great btw! Looking forward to more ideas for the freezer.
Phalyn

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34 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2014

I haven’t tried it yet, but I do remember readers saying they froze well. Might be worth checking out the comments in that post! If I was going to do it, I would probably freeze the enchiladas with the tomato sauce (but not the avocado sauce – I’d make that fresh) and cover it very well with foil and then put a tight lid on the dish. There’s probably many ways to go about it though!
Have fun with your food prep!

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35 coxy May 20, 2014

These look superb. :)

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36 Jody May 20, 2014

Thank you for a recipe that doesn’t need nut butter!!! I’ve been looking for one that can be easily made for my kids lunches which have to be nut free – and sun butter is really hard to find where I am (not to mention expensive!). I can easily sub the walnuts and almonds for something else. (But make as is for when we are at home!)

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37 Jody May 26, 2014

We made them and they are just as yummy as we hoped! Added chia, flax and chocolate chips in place of the nuts for school. Thank you for a new staple at our house!

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38 Natasha May 20, 2014

These look fantastic! Can´t wait to try them! Just wanted to check how vital the hemp seeds are to the overall bar and amount of protein? I can´t buy them where I live (and can´t get them shipped here, either) so would it be ok if I substituted them with more nuts and seeds? Thank you!!!!!

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39 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2014

they do add about 13-ish grams of protein in the 1/4 cup but you can totally sub whatever you want in there. Sesame seeds might be nice :)

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40 Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa May 20, 2014

These are gorgeous! I looooove homemade granola bars…wish I always had a batch in the house! Also love how you wrapped them, so cute!!

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41 Willow @Will Cook For Friends May 20, 2014

These sound so good! It’s crazy how much sugar is packed into most granola recipes, so the idea of replacing all that with some bananas is pure genius. Can’t wait to try them!

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42 Osha Key May 20, 2014

Ooh lala! These look super yummy!
I’d like to thank you, Angela, for being such an inspiration. Making delicious healthy vegan food is a huge passion of mine, and since I started following your blog, I’ve been wanting to capture my own food. But taking a photo with a shitty camera often feels like an insult to my food… Today I finally bought a good camera and can’t wait to learn how to use it properly and start a new adventure!!
I looove your blog <3 Thanks for teaching the world that vegan food (and saving animals!) can be fun and absolutely gorgeous!!

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43 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2014

You are so sweet! Thank you, that totally made my day :) Have fun exploring your new camera (don’t be alarmed if it’s frustrating for a while…at least it was for me, but then it gets really fun!)

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44 andrea May 20, 2014

So excited to see this posted today. Made some already and added chocolate chips and cranberries. :)

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45 Charlotte May 25, 2014

I also made some today with chocolate chips and cranberries! Yummy aren’t they. :-)

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46 Lindsay May 20, 2014

Hello :) I just want to let you know that I featured you on my recent post “Blog Crushes”. Check it out when you have a chance! ohmyvegan.com

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47 Emily May 20, 2014

Okay, these are beautiful…and packed full with so many amazing nutrients!
I can’t wait to try them. Thank you!

PS: I love the way you wrapped them up! Too cute.

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48 Katie @ Produce on Parade May 20, 2014

Love it! I bet you can’t wait to meet your little one in the Fall. How sweet :)

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49 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 20, 2014

Oh man! These are definitely feel good bars! Love!

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50 Chris May 20, 2014

I made these first thing this morning after seeing your Facebook post. They were quick and easy and delicious. I didn’t have dried cherries in the house so added some raisins and dried apricots. I also switched up the nuts a bit and added Hazelnuts and Pecans instead of the walnuts purely because I had a few left so good to use up.
I have to admit to having to get a chunk of them into the freezer because we ate so many this morning that I had to stop myself!

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51 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 21, 2014

So glad you enjoyed them Chris!

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52 Amy May 20, 2014

These sound great! Just wondering how well they stay together. I often find when I have tried recipes like this, if they are not kept in the fridge or freezer, they fall apart. Would love to take them on a hike!

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53 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 21, 2014

Hi Amy, These hold together surprisingly well. Some small bits might fall off but for the most part they don’t “crumble” like some do.

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54 Larisa May 20, 2014

aww congratulations! I’m pregnant as well and just made your moroccan veggie burgers to freeze for when the baby comes! They were delicious! Just today I was thinking about snacks I can make and then you post this! Wonderful, i’ll give them a try! Thanks!

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55 Pure Ella May 20, 2014

This looks amazing Angela!
So great for you to plan ahead for those busy days and make these to freeze! ;)
I am actually doing the same thing!
I am due any day now, and let me tell you it’s not just food for those busy days…. but, let me be frank and just tell you our hospital food sucks!!
Even if I wasn’t on a ‘specialty’ diet, food is completely processed with expiration dates when our kids will graduate from university! It’s scary in there!!
I wish this wasn’t the case but I’m prepping for the hospital stay and freezing foods for a quick grab when the time comes (maybe even tonight) :)

Good luck to you Angela! You look amazing and best to you and your growing baby ;) xoxo
ella

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56 Susan May 20, 2014

These look sooo great except I dislike banana very much. I still want to make them but what could I sub out for the banana. I tried to search for your ” original glow bars” in the recipes but with no luck. Can you send/post a link if that recipe is banana free?
Thanks

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57 Giovanna May 20, 2014

Dear Angela, I just made these bars and I have to say that this recipe is genius! So yummy and made without any oils, butters, sweeteners, I don’t know how you do it! Really a great recipe!

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58 Audrey May 21, 2014

I’m allergic to bananas… What could I replace them with? They look delicious

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59 Heidi Kokborg May 21, 2014

Wow These granola bars look amazing. Can’t wait to taste. I think they will make they’ll be perfect for a snack when I am in school. But do you think I can substitute the hemp seeds with something else? Maybe more sunflower seeds and pepita seeds?

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60 Ted Wallof May 21, 2014

Yum…will be making soon! Thanks for sharing, great photos btw

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61 Maryea {happy healthy mama} May 21, 2014

Wow no sugar or maple syrup or honey?! Yes!!! So excited to try these. :)

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62 Medeja May 21, 2014

These bars look so yummy! And they are healthy! Great recipe :)

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63 Angie May 21, 2014

Hello,
From what I understand, the little seeds, such as hemp and sesame, are too small for the digestive system to break down. They’ll pass through whole, and thus their important nutrients and oils won’t be released and absorbed – unless, I suppose, one is a really good chewer. So to receive the most, I whiz my seeds through a spice grinder before adding them to my muesli and protein bars.
Has anyone else heard this to be the case?
Best wishes all,
Angie

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64 Kathy Sturr of the Violet Fern May 21, 2014

Perfect! I took on a gardening job this year (that I LOVE) and I was thinking yesterday I’m okay if I get a little hungry but once the restaurant opens and I smell fried food or maybe something way better … I’m going to need snacks! (And a cold one but that wouldn’t be appropriate ha ha.)

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65 Michelle May 21, 2014

I missed what you did with the seeds(hemp seeds, sunflower and pepita seeds in your directions. Please clarify.

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66 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 21, 2014

See step #4 – I say to stir in all the of the ingredients into the bowl. :) hope this helps!

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67 dedra May 21, 2014

i love this idea and have been looking for something like this. could you please suggest something other than bananas. i know they are a great source of potassium and healthy sweetener but i’m just not a fan. Thank you.

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68 carolyn May 21, 2014

I made these last night and they are wicked good!!! They taste kinda like a dense-nutty-seedy banana bread. And if anyone’s wondering, you can totally skip the step of pulsing the oats, if you hate doing dishes as much as I do!

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69 Kate May 21, 2014

These are beautiful. I’m always on the hunt for a better granola bar recipe. I need to snack every few hours too!

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70 Kate May 21, 2014

P.S. I forgot to ask, how do you usually store these, and how long do they last? I was thinking of making some to send to a friend of mine whose baby is due in June, but I want to make sure they’ll keep. Thanks!

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71 Callie May 21, 2014

I love that these are only sweetened with bananas! Too many quick snacks are just packed with sugar.

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72 Lisa May 21, 2014

these look wonderful! I recently got your cookbook and I’m so excited to try some of the recipes. I have made the kale salad, took it to a potluck and it was a hit. When I have too many ripe bananas, I peel them, cut them in chunks and put them in the freezer in a ziplock bag, use for smoothies or anything needing ripe bananas.

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73 Miranda May 21, 2014

Hi! These look so yummy! I was wondering if you have a replacement suggestion for those of us that can’t stomach even gluten free oats?

Also just wanted to say thanks for doing what you do! With my severely restricted diet, eating has become so much more enjoyable since I discovered your site!!

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74 Yasmine May 21, 2014

Hi Angela – these look delicious! Would apple sauce be an appropriate substitution for the bananas? I am very keen to make these but I am not a banana person. They make me queasy :(

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75 Angie O May 21, 2014

Baby #1 is due in 5 weeks and I need to get cracking on my freezer meals. Can’t wait to try out this recipe. Thx.

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76 Sam May 21, 2014

Hi! I love your website, by the way.

I was wondering if you think quick-cooking oats would work in place of the pulsed rolled oats? Or do you think that the quick oats would be too small, and that the texture would be off?

Thanks!
Sam

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77 Amanda May 21, 2014

Where do you get your jars to store all your seeds and nuts?

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78 Sarah May 21, 2014

Hi, can these be left out of the fridge or freezer? And if yes- for how long? I am hoping to travel with them.

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79 Cara May 21, 2014

I’m SO hoping to get outside more this summer, taking hikes and bike trips, even last-minute ones, so we need to have some good trip food in the freezer ready to go … just like these!

Also, just wanted you to know that so far, my 18-month-old LOVED the chia power donuts and the quinoa-broccoli-cheesy wraps. (I also have a picture of her at Christmas with a lentil-walnut-mushroom ball in each hand :-) ).

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80 Cara May 22, 2014

oh and p.s. she also loves looking at the cookbook and saying “MMM,” and she likes looking at your smiling face in those pictures, too!

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81 Amanda May 21, 2014

You take great food pictures! I’m going to make these tomorrow night and I guarantee my kitchen will not look so photogenic!

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82 brittany May 21, 2014

Granola Bars with NO OIL!?!? YES!!!! I am amazed! Will definitely be attempting these as I love granola bars but can’t stand how much added fat they usually contain. Thanks!

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83 terese May 21, 2014

I made these yesterday for a trip this weekend. They are amazing! And so easy, I highly recommend that anyone try them! I used dried figs instead of cherries, hazelnuts instead of walnuts, added coconut. Thanks for all you do for the vegan (and beyond) community! You’re amazing! I’m also making the chia bread for our trip. Thanks again!

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84 Mandy Dugas May 21, 2014

A quick heads up! Something that I wish I new BEFORE I started preparing freezer meals and snacks for when our bundle of joy arrived – make sure u do research on what you can and can not eat once your liitle bandino arives. Things like chocolate, garlic, onion, broc, cauli, bell peppers, kale, cukes…all that awesomeness will give your little cutesy bad gas pains throughout the. My best advice (not that u need any) is to cut those out of ur diet for the first three months until the baby has developed more and is able to digest more. Even though it is all coming from breast milk is it still too hard on their little tummies. So bizarre I know! And very hard to do. But life is so much better then your little cutesy isn’t crying! Trust me. So your days with have to be filled with simple salads and bland main courses!

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85 Mandy Dugas May 21, 2014

Throughout the day*! I dont like typing on my phone! Haha sorry Ang. And my phone auto corrected bambino!

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86 Jamie May 21, 2014

these are so so good! and they smell amazing while they’re baking! i can already see the fall version of this with some pumpkin added in :-)

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87 Gourmet Getaways May 21, 2014

I love granola bars! I especially like the versatility of putting in your favorite nut or seed for a healthy and filling snack! Excellent images, too!

Julie
Gourmet Getaways

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88 Candy Evans May 22, 2014

Oh my. These look amazing!!! I am going to try to make these soon.

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89 Jeannie May 22, 2014

Angela! I absolutely love your cookbook! I ordered it a few weeks ago, and so far have made these bars (or the very similar ones in the book–which my co-workers LOVE), the marinated balsamic maple tempeh, broccoli and cashew cheese quinoa burrito, potato-avocado salad, tomato basil pasta, creamy tomato soup, hummus, apple and pear baked oatmeal…and many batches of the almond milk and various smoothies. Everything is SO GOOD! Even my non-vegan friends rave about your recipes.

Thank you so much! You make being vegan so much less boring…and DELICIOUS!

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90 Jessica Fig May 22, 2014

I feel like you read my mind! I picked up a bunch of ingredients in hopes of making granola bars this week and then you posted this wonderful recipe! These were so good, just the right amount of subtle sweetness and so nutritious. Perfect for an energy boost. They reminded me a little of Go Raw live bars. I love the way you dressed them up with parchment paper and string. One day I will take the time to make them fancy, but I have a feeling this batch won’t last long enough for me to tie them up ;) These will definitely be a staple granola bar recipe in my house! Thank you!!

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91 Daniela May 22, 2014

@Angela – What do you use to cut the bars? I think I remember a pic of you using something like a pizza cutter, but I tried mine and it did not work. I’m assuming you uses a tool that’s more heavy duty.

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92 Linda @ Veganosity May 22, 2014

I love the ingredients in this recipe! Another great addition could be goji berries. They are rich in nutrients and are delicious.

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93 Mima May 22, 2014

I made these last night and they are awesome!
Thanks Angela!
After trying these I don’t think I will ever buy a granola bar again :) And they are easy and fast to make.
I added 1tbsp of maple syrup since I wanted them a little bit sweeter and I used dried figs instead of cherries. It came out great!

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94 Gracie May 23, 2014

These look amazing Angela! I’m going to spend Memorial Day weekend this weekend, making these to have to snack on while I’m recovering from knee surgery. I have a nephew who is an avid outdoorsman, certified Naturalist and vegetarian, I had to email this recipe to him so he can have these on his long backpacking ventures. I emailed the recipe to him immediately. Oh and btw, I have ordered several of you books and given them as gifts to my veggie and vegan friends and family. They’ve all absolutely loved the recipes and tried them. I love the book and have one myself. Thanks again!

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95 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 23, 2014

Thank you Gracie! That makes me so happy to hear :) Thank you for all your support!

PS- Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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96 Stacy L. May 23, 2014

I made these last night and they are FABULOUS and SO quick and easy! I didn’t have dried cherries so I used chopped dates & dried apricots and they were wonderful.

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97 Lisa @ Simple Pairings May 23, 2014

These look fantastic, Angela! I love the ingredients you chose, but most importantly – that these are health-packed! I can’t stand how many ‘granola bars’ there are these days that are laden with added sugar. They’re more like candy bars than anything else! Yours look so hearty and I love how many speckles of color there are.

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98 Milena May 23, 2014

Good Morning Angela,
Hope you are having a great day. My kids are sensitive to oats. I’ve tried the gluten free and organic and still react. Can you suggest a replacement for oats that would give kinda the same texture of a granola bar? Thank you and keep well. MIlena

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99 char eats greens May 23, 2014

These sound great and exactly what I need with a busy toddler!!! I was actually going to make some from your cookbook, but I might start with these now ;). I totally can’t wait for the day when I have a space big enough in my kitchen to line the shelves with nuts and seeds in mason jars either!!!

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100 Melissa May 23, 2014

I just made these and they turned out great! They’re a little delicate, not to the point of falling apart but I wouldn’t carelessly throw them into a bag. I used flax seeds instead of hemp since that’s what I had. I never thought to use bananas as a binder in granola bars, genius!

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101 Karen D. May 25, 2014

Good for you for thinking of freezer meals for after baby arrives. I had three babies in three years and finally learned with the last one to have the freezer stocked with meals. I actually had 6 weeks of meals in the freezer with the last baby and it was heaven. I was always famished after giving birth and while breastfeeding.

Also stock your pantry with quick foods and ingredients for snacks -coconut oil and coconut butter, nuts, nut butters, dates, dried fruit… whatever you like to snack on. One of the best things I did was take my husband to the grocery store with me before the baby was born. That way when I handed him a list, he was familiar with the store and which brands we usually purchased.

BTW Just purchased your cookbook. Can’t get enough of your 5 minute enchilada sauce!

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102 Elizabeth Miceli May 27, 2014

I commend you for preparing BEFORE the baby. I have three boys – ages 10, 6, and 4. I am trying to switch to a vegan diet while also cooking the meat they crave. It’s very hard for me to prepare meat but I am not sure what to do! Nonetheless, thanks for this recipe! I know I can get them to eat a granola bar. :)

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103 Charu May 28, 2014

Hi,love your recipes and my family is now hooked toquinoa salads.can we substitute the banana in these bars, my husband really dislikes rhem. Thanks

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104 Michelle May 28, 2014

Looks like a great recipe!

Any suggestions on substitutions for the nuts? I’m allergic to both wheat and nuts…… any thoughts on adding quinoa (either flakes or toasted)?

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105 Kia May 28, 2014

I made these a couple of days ago and I LOVE them! The sweetness is perfect and not to over the top. I used dried cranberries & almonds in mine instead of the walnuts and cherries and it was fabulous! I even shared them around my office.Thanks for a great recipe!

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106 Katie May 28, 2014

Yum! These were awesome. I used dried cranberries instead of cherries and threw in some dark choco chips for good measure. Will be making these on a regular basis.

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107 Rachel May 29, 2014

What an amazing way to get nuts and seeds into kids! I just made these and they aren’t even cool yet and my 2 and 3 year olds (and me) are devouring them! They don’t normally eat nuts because of texture so this is wonderful! I made them as written except I had a blend of hemp and flax vs. hemp only. These would be amazing with chocolate chips. You are a genius! Thank you so much.

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108 Hillary @ The Friendly Home May 29, 2014

Whoa! Those look like the granola bars I make! My recipe is a little different, but I did a double take when I saw your photos. :) friendly-home.net/2014/02/breakfast-granola-bars-recipe.html

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109 Cindi May 30, 2014

Does the banana taste come through strongly? I’m going to give these a try this weekend! Glad to have a lower sugar option.

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110 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2014

I wouldnt say the banana is overpowering but you can taste it in there. Hope you enjoy them!

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111 Dawn May 31, 2014

I just made these to send to my daughter and they are delicious! I’ll be saving some for home now. Thanks for the wonderful and healthy recipe!

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112 Alane June 1, 2014

Thank you so much for this recipe! I did use it as a starting place, simply because I adore really in-your-face spicing. So I tripled the cinnamon, added a 1/4 tsp of fresh ground nutmeg, added some fresh ground star anise (1/8 tsp) and 1/8 tsp of cardamon. I also doubled the vanilla, added a scoop of peanut butter and ground 1/8 cup of ground flax seed, as well as two tablespoons coconut oil, as well as 1/4 brown rice syrup.

I was making these for my husband’s take-to-work breakfasts and just need to pop up the calories/spice and protein a little.

Anyway, even though I did adapt it quite a bit, I am so thankful for your base recipe. It never would have occurred to me and they are perfect for serious fuel. I love all of your food and just genuinely appreciate your site. The bars turned out great, by the way, and the house smelled amazing. Thank you again.

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113 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2014

Hi Alane, Love your modifications! Thanks for sharing. And also, thanks for your kind words about the blog. hugs!

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114 Megan Henry June 2, 2014

I made these bars last week and they are absolutely delicious! I added in chopped dates and substituted any of the nuts for seeds (pumpkin and sunflower). They freeze very well and they are perfect to keep in your purse in case hunger strikes. Thanks for the great recipe Angela!

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115 Leah June 2, 2014

Just made these bars and they are delicious! I love making your recipes, each one is so tasty!

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116 HB Laurie June 3, 2014

Just made the Glo-bars after making a batch of the present bars. To change it up a bit I omitted the cinnamon, added carob chips instead of vegan chips (very expensive), and grated orange rind. It gives the bar a nice summery taste of citrus. We love these recipes especially during our workouts in preparation for our upcoming half Ironman. Thank you!!

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117 Stefanie June 8, 2014

Just finished making these, so good !! Thanks for the great recipe :)

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118 Brianne Vaillancourt June 8, 2014

I wanted to make these granola bars, but didn’t have all the ingredients so I had to change it up. I replaced 3/4 cups of bananas with natural crunchy peanut butter, I replaced the cherries with dates and added 1/2 a cup of applesauce. Turns out THEY ARE AWESOME. Thank you for the inspiration!

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119 Lauren June 8, 2014

Seem to be unable to get Hemp Seeds in Australia. I know you’ve mentioned sesame seeds as a substitute, but would chia seeds work too? Also seem unable to track down dried cherries, was thinking Goji Berries as a sub, what do you think?

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120 Kevin June 10, 2014

The title is misleading. I made these yesterday and I have to say they made me feel GREAT, not just good : )

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121 Lavina June 11, 2014

I made these today and they were such a winner Angela, I replaced half walnuts for hazelnuts and replaced cherries with dried cranberries and added 1 tbsp brown sugar (though it still wasn’t as sweet as I was aiming for). Everyone loved it and I’m DEFINITELY making these again. Thank you for this. Sending lots of love all the way from Dubai :)

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122 shakti June 12, 2014

what a great energy bar!
this is exactly, EXACTLY what i have been looking for.
will you do any with quinoa and chia please?
I also love dried cranberries.
could you ensure the gluten free angle is covered as i do get a bit frazzled with my substitutions, you know.

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123 Farah June 12, 2014

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I love that it doesn’t have any added sugar & it introduced me to hemp seeds- something that’s been on my ‘to eat’ list for a while!
I love these bars! I made them almost exactly as posted except I added organic raw cacao nibs & organic shredded coconut. I didn’t have the dried cherries on hand so I used raisins, but I just picked up the dried cherries today so I can add them next time- because there will most definitely be a next time!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I love that it doesn’t have any added sugar & it introduced me to hemp seeds- something that’s been on my ‘to eat’ list for a while!

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124 Tricia June 13, 2014

I’m new to your amazing blog and must say, wow am I inspired! I made these granola bars today with substitutions hoping the banana was all I needed to bind the seeds and dried fruit and it did the trick. These leads me to ask why store bought varieties have unnecessary oils and sugars in them? Angela, you make food seem so simple and easy. Thank you!

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125 Paige June 14, 2014

I have a question! I made these and loved them. I don’t have parchment paper so I took them right out of pan after cooling a few minutes and wrapped them in paper towels and put them in the fridge. They got really soggy!! Can I leave them out room temperature will that make them less soggy? I’m not sure what to do

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126 Paige June 14, 2014

I forgot to also mention that I put them in Tupperware as well

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127 Heather Pilon June 16, 2014

Thank you so much! Made these today with my boys. One little addition: chocolate chips, per their request. Just ate one and OMGoodness! They are AWESOME! Thanks again. We’ll be making them again.

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128 Jennifer June 16, 2014

Hi there!

Quick question……I went to go buy the ingredients for this and with the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds there was an option for raw or roasted. Does it matter which one you use?

I can’t wait to try these!

Thanks!

-J

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129 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 17, 2014

nope, it’s totally up to you! I used raw seeds.

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130 bianca June 17, 2014

Hello.
I am on my 4th month of full time vegan. Your blog helps me tons.
This recepie is awesome. I have it for breakfast and it lasts me until lunch.
Thank you for sharing your awesome creations.

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131 Noa June 18, 2014

Can I use normal cherry’s?
Or something else instead of cherry’s?
Can’t wait to try them!!:)

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132 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 20, 2014

Hey Noa, Fresh cherries will likely make the bars too moist (and won’t have as long of a shelf life), but you can certainly use other dried fruit like dried cranberries or chopped up dried apricots.

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133 Noa June 20, 2014

I ended up using raisens, added chia seeds and it turned out to be perfect!!
Defently going to make them another time as soon as I finish them!!
Amazing recipe!! Thanks!!:)

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134 Lindsay June 26, 2014

I currently have my second batch of these in the oven- they are incredible! As the blog states, they freeze very well, and are great to grab on the go (or enjoy at home ;)) Added bonus: They are also boyfriend-approved (he loves them). If you are reading this and are debating trying to, I highly recommend that you do! Thanks for another great recipe :)

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135 Lindsay June 26, 2014

Oh, and I used 1/2 C of dried cranberries instead of cherries, and a 1/2 C of chocolate chips :) delicious!

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136 Julia July 1, 2014

Yum! These are so delicious and simple and I’m so pleased to of discovered your website! Can’t wait to try the almond joy bars next :D

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137 tamia July 2, 2014

These bars are very delicious, easy and convienent on the go bars, I keep in my freezer take with me as i m running out the door, I love nuts and seeds, and the dried cherries in these bars, very fullfiling!! Just like bowl of oatmeal, with fruits and nuts but on the go instead of in a bowl!! Thanks a million for this delicious receipe!

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138 Arieanna July 3, 2014

I found these kind of chewy and very banana-y. Not sure how to modify it. I prefer more crunch.

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139 Lilly K July 6, 2014

I love these. I bake them every week for me and my husband. Sometimes I use 2 bananas and a 1/2 cup of peanut butter.

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140 Mimi July 8, 2014

Just made my first batch of granola bars. OMG THEY ARE SOOO DELICIOUS. I’m happy I chose your recipe for my first attempt. Love love them. Thank you for sharing with us

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141 Katherine Clancy July 9, 2014

HI,

I love your site! These granola bars are great. You might want to check out lactating cookie recipes to adapt for your granola bars adding flax seed into them.

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142 tamia July 11, 2014

These bars are very delicious, easy and convienent on the go bars, I keep in my freezer take with me as i m running out the door, I love nuts and seeds, and the dried cherries in these bars, very fullfiling!! Just blike bowl of oatmeal, with fruits and nuts but on the go instead of in a bowl!! Thanks a million for this delicious receipe and the nutritional value it helps alot!

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143 Vivienne July 12, 2014

I made these today and although they taste delicious didn’t stick together

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144 Catherine July 13, 2014

Been excited to make these for weeks, finally did and couldn’t be more excited! Delicious, nutritious, easy to make- they are addicting! Thanks again for a fabulous recipe, your little one is lucky to have such a healthy mama!

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145 Katie July 16, 2014

Made these last night…delicious! All the oats, nuts, and seeds made them dense and crunchy, and the sweetness of the bananas was perfect for a healthy snack. I used raisins instead of cherries and ground flax instead of hemp hearts since that’s what I had on hand. I imagine this recipe is super versatile and I can’t wait to try other combinations.

I’m going to pop most of them in the freezer so I can stop spending all my $$ on Larabars! Thanks for the recipe!

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146 Kate July 18, 2014

oh wow… I just made these, and they are SO delicious. perfect amount of sweetness too! thanks so much for the recipe!

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147 Nancy July 27, 2014

I would really love to try these and other bars but I’m allergic to oats :(. Can you recommend a substitute?

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148 Sarah July 28, 2014

I just made these …. they are devine. (Used cranberries instead of cherries as couldn’t find cherries where I live in New Zealand). Thank you so much!

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149 Brooke July 31, 2014

Made these granola bars this morning and they are fantastic!!!! I put some almond butter on top of my 3rd one amazing! I can’t stop eating them! I can’t wait to stock up my freezer for a quick bite when our little princess arrives!! :). I am going to freeze some of this batch and leave some out to eat over the next few days. Do the ones I leave out need to be refrigerated or just kept at room temperature? Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!!!

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150 Liz August 3, 2014

Thanks for this great granola bar recipe, you really hit the nail on the head with this one! I can’t get enough of these, they’re a perfect snack at any time of the day. You are one beautiful, creative, and healthy mama to be!

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151 Luis August 6, 2014

Hi, this looks great, will try it for sure.
One question: I’m leaving with my girlfriend for a week on a road trip and we would like to pack some bars to take with us, also for when we go hiking. Is this suitable to last a few days at outside temperature (let’s say 15-20 degrees celsius)? Previous recipes we made had to be kept in fridge/freezer.
If not, any other options in the website?
thanks in advance.

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152 Eliza August 8, 2014

Made this recipe last week and was so pleased with the results, they were so yummmmmy and went very rapidly within a couple of days of being made!

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153 Holly August 10, 2014

These look amazing. Sadly I can no longer eat any oats. I’d love to make them. Do you have another gluten free option I could use instead? Thank you :-)

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154 Chloe August 12, 2014

Hi Angela! I’ve been following your blog for a few months, but this is my first comment! I made your granola bars today after the hubby said he wanted something new for breakfast. Game on!

The house smelled so good once these came out of the oven!! I followed your recipe exact, and they are delicious! Crunchy, chewy, and subtly sweet. Will be making another batch soon (this one won’t last long)! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes! xoxo

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155 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 12, 2014

Hi Chloe, Thanks for your comment! So happy you enjoyed the bars :)

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156 HannahF August 13, 2014

We’re making them once every week now – perfect snack to go!

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157 Sarah August 19, 2014
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This recipe is totally perfect and delicious. I’m making my second batch this afternoon! These bars are a huge hit in this household, thank you. We’ve been working hard to reduce the added sugar in our food so this tasty snack is so so helpful.

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158 Alexa August 20, 2014
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I made those with dark chocolate and they are great. Very soft and moist!

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159 Kim August 21, 2014
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These are amazing and using bananas as the sweetener makes them even more amazing.

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160 Michelle August 25, 2014
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My hubby has really gotten into running for the last two years and this is a great snack to power up with…he’s always hungry! Thank you for sharing!

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161 amberlee August 29, 2014

These look delicious!

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162 Rossemary August 29, 2014

These look delicious! I am wondering if there is a substitute for the bananas? My nutritionist recommend the Candida Diet and bananas are on the food to avoid list. Any suggestion is much appreciated!

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163 Melody August 30, 2014

Hi there! I was wondering how long these would last both in the fridge and at room temperature? They look really good. Homemade granola bars are my go-to food for school (I’m in university and trying to recover from an eating disorder) because they are easy to eat in that environment and I can make sure they are filling. I think I’d freeze half the batch right away maybe, but would there be a certain amount of time after which it wouldn’t be good to eat the ones I don’t freeze?

Thanks xx

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164 Sam September 1, 2014

I love everything on your site and the second your book came out I ran to costco :D Only thing BANANAS!!!!! My son and I are soooooooo allergic to bananas and I would love to make them these especially because of the nut free option, school being nut free is a bit of a challenge, as well they are garbage free so pretty much everything has to be homemade or throw the wrappers out before you go to school. Anyways to the question bananas Im guessing would help bind these what would you suggest instead of bananas since they are clearly not an option for my little family.

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165 Jessica September 2, 2014
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I made these bars earlier this summer and wanted to share that my boss ate one as his pre-race meal before competing in a 1/2 marathon. He had nothing but praise for the amount of energy and lack of mid-way glycemic crash experienced. We chalk his response to the lack of added sugar!
Thanks so much for the recipe! Winner for sure.

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166 Michelle September 2, 2014

Hi Angela (and other OSG followers)!
This may sound like a silly question but I’m pretty new to cooking and not very confident in my skills. As such, I try to follow recipes pretty strictly.
I have a vitamix but am often confused whether I can use that (the dry container) when you say “process” an ingredient…I also have a chopper but I don’t have a “food processor” per say…
If you could clarify the difference or how you use your machines, it would really help me!
thanks so much!

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167 Annaliese September 3, 2014
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These are wonderful! I mixed up a batch last night for some back-to-school/broke graduate student snacks when hunger strikes at the lab, and they are wonderful. Not too sweet, crunchy from the seeds and nuts, and oh-so-oat-y! I also added in a TB of chia seeds for good measure. Will be trying these with dates and dried coconut next time! I love that the binder and major sweetener is banana…affordable, on-hand and good for you!

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168 lioness September 7, 2014

I just tried this recipe, and I have to say this is the first one that I have tried from your site that was not outstanding; it seems like there was some kind of binding agent missing; the mixture was very crumbly and did not hold well together after baking (I even added a tbsp of coconut oil & a quarter cup of almond milk, but to no avail). Is this normal

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169 Tara September 8, 2014

I really want to make these bars but am allergic to bananas. Is there anything I can substitute? Applesauce perhaps?

Thanks!

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170 Christene September 9, 2014
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These were sooo good they didn’t even make it to the freezer! I used cranberries instead of cherries and loved the hint of tartness but still sweet enough to feel like a treat.

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171 Aimee September 13, 2014
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I just made these! I love that they aren’t overly sweet, thats exactly what I wanting. I didn’t have dried cherries or hemp seeds, so I used equal dried cranberries and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds instead. They turned out great, Thanks!

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172 Caro September 15, 2014
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I just made these granola bars. They turned out lovely. I tried baking granola bars before but they went black at the bottom. Making them in a baking dish worked perfectly. And the (unsweetened) dried cherries are the icing on the cake. YUM.
P.S. I found your blog a few weeks ago and since then I’ve been hooked. You have a great style of blogging, mixing personal stuff with recipes and photos. I love reading your stuff and you inspire me to start blogging myself. Looking forward to reading about your new family member in the next few days :)

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173 Barclay September 15, 2014
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I’ve made these twice. Love them! They are quick to make and very satisfying.

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174 krista September 18, 2014
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thank you so much for posting this recipe! i made these for a gluten-free vegan 3yo who needs to take snacks to his nut-free preschool. i used gluten-free oats (whole, btw and they worked just fine), and more seeds in place of the nuts. also added some flax seed. so easy and he says, “MMM!”.

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175 Sinead September 22, 2014
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Angela these are fabulous! Mine are barely out of the oven but I had to try some, I couldn’t wait haha and they are perfect. Like a nutty chewy banana bread and they are holding together perfectly. Love that there’s no nut butter or added sugar, I had some bananas going off so it worked perfectly. Thank you! X

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176 Elise` September 30, 2014
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I just made these for my boyfriend so that he has nutritious and filling snacks to bring to work. He’s a sweet-a-holic so I added a little bit of maple syrup, and swapped the sliced almonds for sesame seeds. They are DELICIOUS, thank you for this!

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177 Angel Saunders October 2, 2014
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These are yummy!!! I made them today, and ate about four of them within an hour. Then I ate another one pre-workout and post workout. The remaining bars are in the freezer. I didn’t have dried cherries, so I substituted dried cranberries. Quick, easy, and delicious!!!

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178 Lauren October 4, 2014

These look fantastic!
Could you substitute oats for quinoa flakes?
I’m coeliac and can’t have oats.
Thanks!

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179 Kate October 13, 2014
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I’ve made these 4 times now, with minor tweaks here and there, and they always turn out so beautifully. Thank you for this wonderful recipe, it really keeps me fueled up for hours.

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180 Sam October 29, 2014

Made these today and they are delish (especially with some peanut butter on top)! Love that there was no added sweetener. I didn’t have any cherries so just used sultanas. Your granola bars are always on rotation in my freezer!

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181 Carrie November 4, 2014

I made these this past weekend and I have to say – they actually keep me full! It’s so hard to find snacks that give me lasting energy. Thank you, Angela!

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182 Jaime November 9, 2014

Do you have any banana substitution recommendations? I am highly allergic to them, but love so many recipes with them in it. In shakes and smoothies I use silken tofu, but what about a recipe like this? Any thoughts?

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183 Lila November 10, 2014
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I added dark chocolate. I love this recipe… Thank you!

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184 Mercedes November 20, 2014

Ok, I might of missed it but how long is the shelf life on these if you don’t freeze them? Also, if you freeze them, how long to thaw out naturally (no microwave) Thanks! BTW, just found this blog today and soooo loving it!!!

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185 Kajal Grover November 24, 2014

i love your recipe and definitely would make them for my kids.
would like to know what is the shelf life of these granola bars.

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186 Marlene January 3, 2015

I love the idea of these! I always make my own food like bars for energy and can’t wait to try this one. My only question is, has anyone tried to make these in a dehydrator for a raw diet? I tend to use my Excaliber overnight if possible to add nutrition. I’m about to start a very demanding night job and love the idea of taking these to work with me. Thanks so much!

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187 Leslie January 9, 2015

Absolutely delicious! My first time trying an OSG recipe and I love how crunchy and filling they are! I didn’t have dried cherries so I omitted them but added in Enjoy Life chocolate chips as a treat. Thank you!

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188 Sarah January 11, 2015

These are fantastic! Thank you! My husband also loves them (we have such a hard time finding tasty low sugar snacks.) Do you think mashed banana would be an okay substitute for brown rice syrup in your Glo Bars? I love them but I’d like to lower the sugar content a bit!

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189 Hens Zimmerman January 13, 2015
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These were lovely! Thanks for the recipe. I made them with my daughter today and we all enjoyed them.

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190 Wanda January 14, 2015

Can you advise me on how to make these substituting dried coconut, almonds and a little dark chocolate? I’ve never made granola bars but I know I love the ones that have those primary ingredients.

Thanks so much!!

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191 Michele @ Michele-Elizabeth January 19, 2015

these looks amazing! I absolutely love how healthy they are! I am totally going to try these asap!!!

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192 Julie January 21, 2015

Not sure if someone already asked but have you tried making these with unsweetened apple sauce instead of bananas? My bananas aren’t ripe and I’d love to make these ASAP. Thanks!

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193 Layna January 22, 2015
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I haven’t tried, but I don’t think that’s the best idea. What’s holding all the oats and everything else is the banana’s consistency. Apple sauce may cause the whole thing to fall apart. I didn’t use ripe bananas either, but they turned out fine.

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194 Niki January 22, 2015
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This is my second time making the bars. I just love them! I keep them in the freezer (way too lazy to wrap them in the pretty paper and string). I like that they have a touch of sweetness, but not too much. These are a great snack to get me from my morning meal to lunch without feeling hungry!

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195 Layna January 22, 2015
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I’m a terrible chef, but after looking at the ingredients I thought it was fool-proof enough, so I tried it. I completely messed up the measurements and was missing half the ingredients, but they still turned out great! I’m definitely trying this recipe again. Mostly because my family and I already ate the first batch.

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196 celibelle January 25, 2015
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These are amazingly delicious! Ingenious sweetening with bananas! I also added 2 tbsp maple syrup and only 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries, but added 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut. Everyone who tried these was amazed! Great recipe thank you:)

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197 Nella January 28, 2015
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Just made a batch to have on hand for our upcoming family trip (3-year-olds are always hungry!!).
These will be the best to snack on at the airport while we wait.
Thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes. Been trying out recipes from your cookbook every day since I received it last week. Love, love, love!!

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198 Adams February 5, 2015
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Wow! I’m amazed at the simplicity of the recipe yet how wholesome and tasty they are. Made it yesterday and I have to say that these are the best granola bars I have ever had. I mixed up the contents slightly based on what I had in the store cupboard. The bananas weren’t overly ripe yet it was still sweet enough. I used half cranberries and half raisins instead of cherries and used a mix of cashews and almonds. Also added some sesame seeds.

Fair to say that I will not be buying granola bars ever again!

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199 Leya February 12, 2015
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I used dried figs instead and they came out wonderful! Incredibly filling and tasty. I sprinkled extra cinnamon on top too, before putting them into the oven, just for good measure. Thanks so much for this recipe.

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200 april February 22, 2015

Love that there isn’t a cup of honey in these! Would it be possible to substitute applesauce for the banana? I hate having to wait around for ripe bananas and they are usually used in my smoothies.

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201 Michele February 25, 2015

Remix:
I loved your recipe as inspiration. I didn’t have any bananas on hand so I used 1.5 cups soft dates. Also I put all ingredients into food processor and processed/mixed briefly to get very coarse meal. Pressed the lot into glass baking dish and baked 25 min. Pretty good results.
Thanks!

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202 Hannah February 26, 2015
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Posted my thoughts on this recipe here: http://hannahclaudia.blogspot.com/2015/02/ohsheglows-feel-good-hearty-granola-bars.html

Thanks for the recipe!

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203 Savannah March 4, 2015
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These are so delicious!! The cherries provided the perfect amount of sweetness.

I made a few alterations because I didn’t have a few ingredients. My pepita seeds were not raw, so I eliminated salt. I forgot to buy sunflower seeds, so I used chopped raw cashews and hazelnuts (happened to have them on hand), and instead of hulled hemp seeds, I used flax seeds. They turned out perfect!! Thank you so much (:

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204 Michelle March 5, 2015
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I can’t believe how selfish and simple these are to make. What a great way to get nutritious fats into my diet. I am making them a second time while I type this. My husband loved these. Best granola bars I have ever had in my life.

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205 Kathy March 8, 2015

Excited to make this! Purchased all of the ingredients but accidentally picked up quick rolled oats. Will that do?

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206 Allie March 16, 2015

I make these bars every sunday for the week!! Delish!
When I want to be naughty I switch the dried fruits for dark chocolate chips (not too many..just enough).

Best bars ever :)

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207 Emily March 27, 2015

Hey Angela! I wanted to take these to school with me and wanted the extra boost of protein as well to last me through the day. Is there a way I could incorporate the peanut butter INTO the granola bar? If so how much would I put in? It would like kinda funny for me to be putting peanut butter on my granola bar in the classroom lol! Thanks for the help!

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208 Lauren March 27, 2015
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I loved this recipe. They were a little different than the average granola bar, but it tastes equally as yummy. I also put in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. (the kids loved that). One of my favourite things about this recipe is that it doesnt use any syrup or honey. Will be making more very soon :)
Thanks for the recipe Angela!

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209 Jennifer April 1, 2015

It’s not easy to find a granola bar that doesn’t have some sort of sweetener in it. Thank you so much for just using banana. I’m going to make these tonight.

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210 Trish April 6, 2015
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Awesome recipe. I added pineapple instead of banana since it is in season, 1 tbsp of honey, and added a handful of dates. Yummmmy

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211 Quinn April 7, 2015

I just made these, and I followed everything according to the recipe, but mine are kind of dry, in an off-putting way. Any suggestions? Could I add anything at this point to make them a little more moist? Thanks.

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212 Terri April 10, 2015
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Have had these pinned forever and finally tried them today. OMG! Soooo Good. And the smell when they are cooking is amazing :)

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213 Irene Holiday April 23, 2015
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I know this post is a little old but I have a question about the dried cherries. did you buy them pre-dried or did you dry them yourself? And what is that process like? Secondly, what if i preferred raspberries or blueberries? My mom is a huge fan of cherries but i never got into them. I definitely love your chia seed jam recipe! I made that a while back and make one like every other week.

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214 Kristen O'Bey April 30, 2015

Hello! Your healthy granola bars look so good, but I have many food restrictions right now and currently I can’t eat bananas. Do you have any ideas for omitting bananas and what would work well to replace them?

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215 Jenn May 4, 2015

To all the other banana-allergy people — I made this recipe by substituting a mixture of soaked and pureed dates and sunflower butter instead of the mashed banana and it turned out AWESOME. The dates add the perfect amount of sweetness and the nut butter adds some binding qualities

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216 KY May 9, 2015

Hi! These bars look great! I recently discovered that I have many intolerances to food from my doctor. Do you have any ideas for omitting bananas and dates? What would you substitute?

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217 Laura May 18, 2015

Can you suggest something to replace banana. I just can’t have anything with banana… makes it difficult for me to find recipes.

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218 Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds May 19, 2015
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My husband has really been loving these bars, and I love that they’re completely healthy for him. Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe!

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219 Farha - faskitchen June 3, 2015
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Looks delicious and yummy..Love how it is neatly packed and presented.. It looks as if it is ready to shipped to me.. simply amazing

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220 Sharice June 9, 2015
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I just made these tonight and I loved them! They have awesome wholesome ingredients, and awesome flavor! I had to use a little applesauce to supplement the bananas because I didn’t have quite enough mashed bananas. Also, I added in two tablespoons of brown sugar, because my bananas weren’t very brown so I didn’t think they’d be sweet enough on their own. I actually found myself eating some of the batter off the spoon before I pressed it in the pan to cook them, and it was even pretty dang good just as a batter :) This was the first recipe I ever tried from your website and I’m impressed. I’ll have to try out more of your recipes!

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221 Hannah June 10, 2015

THESE ARE FANTASTIC. I love how there is not added fat or sugar. They have a phenomenal texture too :) These are going to be a repeat recipe for sure.

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222 Jennilee June 16, 2015

This recipe looks great for my active toddler. How do you store them if you aren’t freezing them, in the fridge or counter? And how long are they good for both in and out of the freezer. I looked and didn’t see your update on it. Thanks so much!

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223 fatima Kirsarkye June 25, 2015

hi, i am going to try these tonight as i need a better alternative healthy snack!
thank you, cant wait!
i am considering becoming a vegan or at least trying for a month…. any suggestions?
thank you

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224 Eti June 29, 2015

Hi there, I am writing from Overseas. Love your blog! And recipes! Ordering your book ASAP :-) As for these bars – not sure I can find hemp seeds here. What would be the alternative? Thanks!

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225 Astrid N. July 25, 2015

Hello,
thank you so much for the great recipe, it tasted wonderful.
I just have another question – where are these lovely storage glasses (with the seeds) from?
I want to buy them too. Hope you can help me with this problem – thanx so much.:-)
Astrid

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226 aldo August 18, 2015

Hi angela, i just made this about an hour ago and i was wondering, what can i use instead of bananas?

Thanks!

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227 Sam August 27, 2015
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Okay I don’t even know how to express how happy I am with this recipe and how grateful I am that you share your wonderful recipes with the world. For starters, I am severely gluten intolerant, and on top of it have an extensive list of other allergies and intolerances; needless to say, finding snacks (let alone granola bars) is near impossible. A certified gluten-free, peanut-free, coconut-free (need I go on) granola bar just doesn’t exist in abundance on the market (and as a health food lover, some of the ingredient lists in store bought snacks just don’t do it for me). I’ve had so many disappointments in the past making recipes that I find online, but this one is just lovely. The banana makes it sweet but not sickeningly so and the texture is exquisite; I made them today and they totally look and taste store bought quality. Thank you so much for this recipe; I’m new to your blog but I am now a big fan! ^-^

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228 Alexa August 31, 2015

I’m not a fan of bananas. Would it work if I substituted apple sauce instead? Thanks!

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229 Lucy September 3, 2015

Hi, this recipe is really fantastic,perfect for my school snack
and your photos look amazing! Just one question, what can I substitue hemp seeds with? Thank you so much and soory for my English, I am Italian ;)

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230 Yin September 4, 2015

Lovely recipe! With oat intolerance, can the rolled oats be substituted with others? like brown rice flour?

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231 Rita Truax September 6, 2015

Made these granola bars for the first time, and I am delighted to find a recipe that is healthy with all natural ingredients and delicious. A small one inch square satisfies my hunger between meals. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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232 Tricia September 25, 2015
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I made these for my boyfriend since he has a hard time finding a chance to eat breakfast. He LOVED them! He doesn’t like sweets very much so these seemed perfect. I think he ate a whole batch in about a week and a half. I just mentioned making another batch for his hunting trip and he was ecstatic. These are fantastic!

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233 Maribeth September 29, 2015
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First thing I have tried from your website which I just discovered. I was looking for a treat to take to my pregnant vegan friend for her birthday and ended up making two batches, one for her and one to take to my two U of T offspring. I wrapped up the ones for my friend in the same manner as those in your photos, and they made a lovely looking gift. She was delighted with her special bars and said Oh She Glows is her favourite source for recipes and inspiration. As for my non-vegan but health conscious son and daughter, they texted me to say yum and please make more! I will peruse your wonderful blog for more ideas because I’m dealing with empty nest syndrome by putting together care packages for my busy students. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

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234 Ella October 7, 2015

Hi! Quick question can i use regular hemp seeds? Why hulled? Thanks! Couldnt find hulled anywhere

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235 Ella October 7, 2015

Sorry, could not find unhulled anywhere, bought the hulled ones instead.

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236 Robin October 8, 2015

They are in the oven right now! I tried a little before putting them in the oven and they are yummy! Great idea!

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237 Leslea October 12, 2015

These bars look really good. Any tips for replacing all or part of the mashed bananas with something else, as I’m allergic to bananas? Honey maybe?

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238 Christine October 27, 2015
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Just made these granola bars! Soo good. Just wondering how long they last if not put in the freezer?

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239 Angela December 19, 2015

How do these come out? Crunchy, chewy? And are they very banana-y or is the banana flavor more subtle? (I have picky kids. One likes bananas, one doesn’t, one like crunchy bars, one like chewy – I can’t win)

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240 Annette January 18, 2016

We made these yesterday in a triple batch for Ronald McDonald House since they are trying to have healthy snacks for their residents. We added a bit of maple syrup for more moisture because the bananas weren’t quite enough and we didn’t have extra. They were a huge hit with all the bakers so we hope the residents will appreciate them as well. We also made your roasted chickpeas to give them some variety other than sweet things all the time. Thanks for a great recipe!

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241 Meaghan January 25, 2016

My oldest little one has celiac disease and can’t handle even gluten free oats (and most or all hemp seeds are cross contaminated). Any gluten free suggestions on alternatives to these grains/seeds?

A friend was raving about the bars and I’m eager to try them out – I think they’d be fantastic for school lunches! Thanks!

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242 Andrea February 7, 2016

Try something like quinoa flakes? I believe you can get at most “health food” stores!

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243 Gillian February 1, 2016

Thank you for all the wonderful recipes. I use your OhSheGlow’s cookbook ALL THE TIME. I went to make Glo Bars yesterday and discovered I didn’t have Brown Rice Syrup, I tried to use honey instead, which didn’t work :( So I made the mixture into Granola instead, just baked it in the oven for about 40mins at 270. When life gives you lemons…..

I haven’t tried this recipe for Hearty Granola Bars, but will soon.

Thanks you again :)

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244 Mylo February 10, 2016
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Hi!

Yours look perfected! Appearance and packaging are amazeballs compared to my shortcuts, no regrets though!

On my maiden attempt this afternoon I took a few shortcuts by buying a low carb nut mix that had all the ingredients replacing walnuts with cashews and dried cranberries instead.

I blended everything and its turned out ultra dense – like a 3 to 1 ratio of that eaten-a-snack feeling compared to store bought bars and looks more slicey than a bar-ey, extra cup of oats and banana to boot…

Thanks, my ex put me onto your recipes which I guess Ive opened the account with my first!
Mylo

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245 Jennifer March 7, 2016
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I made this bars today and I like them so much that I just had to leave a comment – something I’ve never done before, no matter how much I’ve liked a recipe! :) These granola bars are super simple and fast to make and taste AMAZING. I’m always looking for easy, healthy and tasty snacks and these bars are perfect. I’ve never been a big fan of granola bars but I’m already in love with these. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! I’ll be making these again and again.

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246 Angela Liddon March 10, 2016

Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for the comment! It’s wonderful to hear you’re loving the granola bars recipe. :)

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247 C March 11, 2016
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Fantastic recipe! So easy to prepare and bake. I swapped dates for the cherries so there was absolutely no added sugar in the bars. Really pleased. Thank you for the recipe!

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248 Angela Liddon March 11, 2016

Hi there, I’m so glad the granola bars recipe is a hit. Enjoy!

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249 Michelle March 20, 2016

Wonderful recipe! Reposted to Oh My Nosh! Nutrition Coaching http://www.ohmynosh.net/blog/easter

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250 porky bun April 30, 2016

oh my god, i’m making it now, but run into a big question.. since i’m in Hong Kong, not sure the banana size over where you are, is 1.5 cup = chopped banana or mashed banana? I mashed total 5 banana to have approx 1.5 cup mashed content.. and then after mixing the dry ingredients… it feels a bit wet, is this what it’s supposed to be? now is in the oven… umm…

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251 Trisha May 20, 2016

These look amazing. I wonder if I could sub pumpkin for the banana….?

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252 Angela Liddon May 27, 2016

Hey Trisha, The bananas sweeten these bars, and they also act as a binder too so I probably wouldn’t swap them out (unless you’re open to some trial and error of course!)

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253 juliann May 25, 2016

I made these today, I did substitute oats for buckwheat groats but they still came out really good!!

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254 Oliviah June 4, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous photos and delicious sounding recipe!
Your blog is simply fantastic and I looooooove all the freezer friendly goodness! But how do you go about defrosting these bars?

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255 Anj June 8, 2016

It must be fate !!! I have been looking high & low for a good, healthy granola bar that won’t break my caloric bank as I track all my food on MFP.

This looks fan-freaking tastic !!!! PLUS my name is Angela – I think this is going to be a hit !!!!

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256 Angela Liddon June 8, 2016

Hahaha, it’s fate! ;) I hope you like the granola bars if you try them!!

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257 plasterer bristol June 13, 2016

These sound great, be perfect for to take to work when on the go to. Thanks for sharing :-) simon

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258 tamia June 15, 2016
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These are delish!!! thanks for sharing

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259 Morgan June 19, 2016

I’m not sure what happened but my granola bars didn’t stick together? Could you suggest a remedy to restick them?

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260 Jen July 29, 2016
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These are amazing! I absolutely love them as they work very well with my meal prep!
My only question would be whether I can keep them in the cupboard or if I have to refrigerate them?

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