Cookie Bars

cookie bars

My boys always have the munchies.  Sometimes I buy them granola bars but they would rather have homemade.  Whenever I have some leftover bananas I whip up this easy recipe since I would much rather have them snack on these.  My son always calls granola bars “cookie bars” I guess it makes them sound yummier though they are still packed with healthy ingredients.

Ingredients
3/4 cup quick oats
1/3 cup whole wheat flour (unbleached)
1/8 cup chia seeds (optional)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds (optional)
1 very ripe banana
2 tbsp coconut oil (softened)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup almond milk (optional)
Add-ins 
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels
Instructions
In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (oats, flour, chia, flax) until well blended.
In a small bowl, smash the banana until smooth.  Add in oil, vanilla, and agave.  Mix well.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until evenly moistened.  Mixture should form one sticky ball.  If needed add almond milk for extra moisture.
Fold in almonds and chocolate.
Spray a 9×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Spread mixture evenly in baking dish.
Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes until top is beginning to brown and center appears firm.
Cool and cut into bars.
You can also make them into what the boys call “cookie balls”.
Drop large spoonfuls of batter (2″ rounded) onto greased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.  They do not spread.
Bake at 350 F 12-15 minutes.
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