Banana Bread & Granola Bars

Written by: Nyka Grewal

Eating healthy is one of those things that you say you will do, but end up giving into your cravings. Foods such as chocolate can be a vice for many people.  Its often hard to find something to eat that is healthy as well as delicious.  These two recipes are a delicious mixture of healthy food  and chocolate for you to enjoy!

Banana Bread

bread

2 (very!) ripe bananas

1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of oil

2 eggs

2 cups of flour

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup of chocolate chips (1 cup if craving chocolate)

1/2 cup of chopped nuts (optional, 1 cup if needing something healthy)

Preheat oven to 325° f.  Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray or oil and set aside. Mix all ingredients into a large bowl.  Make sure to stir well.  Pour batter into the pans.  Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown.  Test by pressing down on the loaf with one finger, if it springs back up, it’s finished!  Let it cool.

Makes 2 loaves.

Granola Bars

granolabars

2/3 cup of liquid honey or 1/3 cup liquid honey and 1/3 cup canola oil

2 tbs butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cup of quick oats

1/2 cup of chocolate chips

1/2 cup of chopped almonds (optional)

1/2 cup of walnuts (optional)

1/2 cup of raisins (optional)

1/2 cup of cranberries (optional)

1/2 cup of pecans (optional)

Handful of flax seeds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350° f.  In a small bowl, mix in the honey, butter, vanilla and cinnamon with a wooden spoon.  Then add the oats, chocolate chips and assorted nuts and berries. You do not have to stick to the given nuts in the recipe you can create your own assortment.  Line a square baking pan with parchment paper.  Flatten the mixture into the pan using a fork.  Cook for 25 minutes or until it turns golden.  Let it cool.  Cut into squares and enjoy.

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