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Everyday Superfood Granola Bars

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I call these Everyday Superfood Granola Bars because well, they are bars you can eat every day and they are packed with superfoods. Seems like a logical name, right? Plus they are very quick and easy to make with ingredients you probably have right now. 

I love having a power snack at my fingertips to ensure I'm not ravenous by lunchtime or worse, "hangry"! This is also helpful if lunch gets pushed a little later because mornings in the office are typically pretty busy. I'm not the only fan of this granola bar recipe though -- both Vienna and Walker love them. However, I'm sure they'd both prefer more chocolate chips - you can use your own discretion on that ;)

Superfood Granola Bars flat lay cut on board

Making these healthy granola bars together with Vienna is my favourite! And the raw batter is safe to eat which means we can taste test as we go along. Taste testing allows you to adjust the ingredients and add just the right amount of maple syrup too. I only add 3 tablespoons of syrup because the chocolate chips are sweetened.

Superfood Granola Bars stacked

This recipe is originally from my hugely popular Joyous Kitchen Challenge that we ran in January! I decided to put these on the blog because they were such a loved recipe. And they are always a hit in my household too. I make the Cranberry Walnut Breakfast Muffins and the Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies often, so it's nice to change things up! Many people made them and posted them in the Joyous Health Community on Facebook -- please feel free to join me in my private Facebook group. 

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The heartiness of these bars is because of the oats which are fibre-rich and nourishing. I used to avoid oats because they were heavy on my digestion, but when they are ground up as is the case with this recipe, I find them very easy to digest.

Grounds oats in a bowl for superfood granola bars

The fibre in these bars nourishes our gut microbiome and they are super blood sugar balancing too. 

Feel free to swap with another nut or dried berry. They are very versatile. The only ingredients you should really stick to are the oats and the banana. The banana is necessary because there are no eggs in these bars so you need something with sticking power. 

chocolate chips goji berries walnuts pumpkin seeds and banana for granola bars

From goji berries to cranberries, pumpkin seeds and walnuts - they are super rich in vitamins A, C, E and minerals like zinc, iron and magnesium.

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These nutrients are essential for healthy and resilient children . Vitamin A and C are great for keeping the immune strong and healthy eyesight and vitamin E is essential for protecting the cells from free radical damage. All these ingredients together in one scrumptious bar make for a good crunch, delicious blend of flavours and super satisfying snack.

Superfood Granola Bars

Superfood Granola Bars

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Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups rolled oats or oat flakes
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life)
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease or line an 8" square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place oats into a blender or food processor. Blend until ground up but not finely ground to a flour texture. You'll want the oats to still have a little texture.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground up oats and cinnamon. Add pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cranberries, goji berries and mini chocolate chips.
  4. In a small bowl, combine mashed banana, coconut oil and maple syrup.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Pour oat mixture into a square baking dish and flatten with a spatula.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days or in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

Makes 8 large bars.

These bars would be delicious with a Rise and Shine Latte or a the McJordan Family Smoothie.

Enjoy these wonderfully nourishing and super yummy, totally plant-based bars!

Have a joyous rest of your week,

Joy xo

27 Comments
Jennifer   •   March 7, 2019

This sound delicious! But sadly I can’t eat bananas 🙁 any substitution?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 8, 2019
Jennifer   •   March 8, 2019
Joy McCarthy   •   March 8, 2019

Mary B.   •   March 8, 2019

Hi Joy, I am enjoying your recipes! I tried the roasted cauliflower and my son who is 15 loved it and ate most of it.

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 8, 2019

Melanie   •   March 9, 2019

Thanks for your awesome work, Joy! You mentioned Enjoy Life chocolate chips. I have only been able to find that brand made with cane juice or brown sugar, and the brands with stevia have a longer ingredient list. What are you thoughts on sugars in chocolate chips? Thanks!

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 12, 2019

Karen   •   March 10, 2019

Hi Joy Can you sub the coconut oil in this recipe?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 12, 2019

Christina   •   March 10, 2019

Can you use the quick oats from Costco for these????

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Christina   •   March 11, 2019

I was wondering if these could be make with the quick oats from Costco? If not, what is the difference? I am itching to make these!

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 12, 2019

Barb K   •   March 12, 2019

Love these bars. Love your energy and all of your recipes. How does someone get to do a teaching video class on your site?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 12, 2019

christine Long   •   March 12, 2019

Joy, I enjoyed your granola-bars. I made them today I didn't have goji berries so I replaced them with coconut and it was pretty good. Thanks for the recipes. Christine

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 12, 2019

Barb K   •   March 12, 2019

I have watched how to make kombucha on a video on the emails I receive from you. If someone has information to pass on to others can they do a video class like the kombucha video.

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 12, 2019

Michelle   •   March 13, 2019

Hi! I love your recipes. I’m allergic to nuts. What would be an equally nutritious substitute for walnuts, please?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 14, 2019

Chantel   •   March 13, 2019

My bars kind of fell apart when I went to cut them - any suggestions? Did I not cook them for long enough?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 14, 2019

Mamie Armaly   •   April 2, 2019

Easy to make and more so because I had all the ingredients.I omitted the chocolate bits and didn't feel the bar needed it (for me). I think this may be a good snack to bring on a trip. Thanks for the tasty recipe Joy!

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 2, 2019

Lu L.   •   April 13, 2019

I made these bars and took them to work and they disappeared so fast. Now everyone wants the recipe. Love them

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 13, 2019

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