Chocolate Chip Banana Granola Bars - a delicious recipe for healthier chocolate chip granola bars using ripe bananas, maple syrup and a few other ingredients.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Granola Bars
When it comes to a granola bar, most recipes use lots of sugar and oil or butter which can use a lot of calories, if you are trying to be healthy.
So I decided to experiment in the kitchen and come with a healthier granola bar using a few tricks that are perfect for low-calorie cooking.
Banana's can be a great ingredient in baking and not only to do they add some natural sweetness but they can also be a perfect replacement for fat too. Which can help you reduce quite a few calories in a recipe. Plus I don't know about you, but I always end up with ripe bananas that I need to use up, so the more recipes the better, right?
Can I use sweetener instead of Maple Syrup?
We already use some sukrin:gold in this recipe, which is a brown sugar replacement made from Erythritol, so you may be wondering, can I not just use all sweetener?
The short answer is no, you need the maple syrup, for a few reasons. It's a liquid and it's stick so it helps the granola bars along with the other ingredients hold together. Skip it out and your granola bars won't work.
But if you don't have maple syrup, some honey or even golden syrup will work in it's place, you just will need to adjust the syns, points or calories whichever you are counting according.
Different types of Sweetener
As mentioned above, the sweetener I use in this recipe is sukrin gold, a brown sugar replacement made from Erythritol, if you can't get your hands on this, you can replace with any Erythritol based sweetener.
If you decide to try with a different type of sweetener, you need to check the packaging to see the sugar to sweetener ratio, because different sweeteners vary.
Sukrin gold is used like for like with sugar, so if you are using it in place of sugar you use the same amount, whereas other sweeteners you may need to use more or less.
Chocolate Chips in Granola Bars
I use milk chocolate chips in this recipe as that is what the kids like, but you can swap to dark chocolate, semi sweet or even white chocolate chips if that is what you prefer.
If you don't like chocolate, then raisins (or sultanas) are another great option to use.
Storing the Granola Bars
To store these once baked and cooled, I add in a lidded tub with a sheet or kitchen paper. All ready and on hand then for whenever you want to enjoy one as a snack or treat.
They should keep a few days in a tub, when stored this way.
Can you freeze the granola bars?
Yep, these will freeze fine, just allow to cool and then you can individually wrap and freeze or pop in a freezer bag. Then just take out and enjoy as you want one. Hey I've even been known to enjoy one from frozen.
More Recipe for Ripe Bananas
Wondering what else you can make with some ripe bananas? Check out these other recipes:
- BANANA AND CHOCOLATE CHIP LOAF
- BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
- BANANA BAKED OATMEAL
- HEALTHY BANANA GRANOLA
- BAKED BANANA DOUGHNUTS
- COOKIES AND CREAM OAT BITES
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- 200g of rolled oats (quick oats)
- 1 egg white (large egg)
- 2 small ripe bananas
- 20g chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons of sukrin gold (or use another Erythritol sweetener)
- 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- cooking oil spray (I used coconut)
- Preheat oven to 180c/FAN 160c/350f or gas mark 4
In a bowl
- In a bowl mash the banana until smooth, add in the maple syrup, sukrin, egg white, vanilla extract and mix to combine.
- In another bowl add the oats, chocolate chips and cinnamon and mix.
- Add the banana mixture into the oats and fold until all combine.
- Line 13x9.5 inch baking tray with some parchment paper
- Add the mixture and press down firmly in the tray.
- Carefully score 16 equal-sized bars with a knife or spatula
- Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and firm.
- Allow to cool slightly, then enjoy.
- Store in an airtight container
This recipe is gluten free, vegetarian, Slimming Wolrd and Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - 4 syns per Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
- WW Green Smart Points - 3 per Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
- WW Blue Smart Points - 3 per Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
- WW Purple Smart Points - 3 per Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
- Gluten Free - use gluten free oats
or if you use your healthy extra B serving, you can enjoy 3 bars for 5 syns
SUITABLE FOR FREEZING
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Nutrition InformationServing Size 1 BAR
Amount Per Serving Calories 83Total Fat 1.5gSaturated Fat 0.5gCholesterol 11.8mgSodium 2.4mgCarbohydrates 15.6gFiber 1.2gSugar 5.6gProtein 1.8g