Hey all! It’s Olivia here and I am training for my first marathon. I’m also experiencing constant hunger. In order to satisfy my ravenous appetite, my friend Allie (our latest guest editor), gave me this fantastic granola bar recipe! It makes a wonderful snack or breakfast if you’re short on time. Whether you’re training for a race or just need something to hold you over until your next meal, this bar is for you! Plus it doesn’t contain any of the nasty chemicals that are present in many packaged granola bars 😉
- 3 cups quick oats
- 3 bananas
- 1 cup chopped nuts (I used peanuts, cashews, & almonds)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup raisins (or any dried fruit)
- 1 cup chopped pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 2-3 tbsp agave
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line a 9×12 inch baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, mash bananas until smooth
- Stir in oats, nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and agave and mix well
- *Pro Tip: For a smoother texture, you can also mix these ingredients in a food processor before combining with bananas!
- Press mixture into pan and bake for 15 minutes
- Allow to cool and cut into squares
- Fiber-Full: These bars are loaded with fiber which keeps you full, regulates digestion, and reduces the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease
- Banana Power: Bananas are a superfood for runners. They are loaded with potassium, which is lost in sweat during exercise. Potassium deficiency is common in runners and can lead to cramps (not fun!). Bananas also contain high amounts of vitamin B6 which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that wards off cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
- Post-Workout Recovery: In addition to the potassium provided by the bananas, the bars contain carbs and protein which are essential for post-workout recovery. They replenish glycogen stores, preventing injury, and aid in recovery.