Cranberry and Walnut Bars

20171128_103910182_iOSWelcome to a world of deliciousness. I first posted Banana and Peanut Butter Bars in March 2014 and in that time they have evolved. They still contain banana, peanut butter and oats but as I have lived with these bars for a while now I have a lot more to say about them.

I re-read my original post last week and I appear to be somewhat apologetic about these bars! Why? Granted my original photos do look like cheap bacon frazzles, but if you don’t like the taste of these bars, I now think why? My mum doesn’t like them because she thinks they should be crunchy. I never told her they were going to be crunchy! I think of them as a dense oat and banana cake. I eat cake for breakfast and I feel rather delighted with that!

It DOES matter what peanut butter you use! I have made these with inferior peanut butter  and you can taste the difference. The only nut butters I use are Meridian. They contain no salt, sugar or palm oil unlike some other brands.

I used to store these in the cupboard, but after I lost a few in the summer because they went mouldy I now store in the fridge and freezer.

20171128_105127934_iOSI double the recipe below, then bake half the mix without the cacao and the other half with. I make 24 at a time, individually wrap 14 in cling film and freeze them. The other 10 are kept in the fridge. I am never without a supply of them.  If I decide I want one from the freezer, I just heat it up in the oven for 5 mins at 170C°.

I eat one of these bars  in the morning with a cup of tea when I am getting the boys ready for school if I don’t have time to have a proper sit down breakfast.  If I don’t have one at breakfast I eat it as an afternoon snack.

For the festive period I have jazzed them up with walnuts, cranberries and cinnamon. Also in the last few years I have discovered cacao powder and nibs, so I will also share how to turn these bars all chocolatey! Just add the final two ingredients for the chocolate variety.

banana bar ingredientsCranberry and Walnut Bars
Serves 12

  • 3 bananas (approx. 300g)
  • 50g walnuts (chopped)
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 150g oats
  • 100g crunchy Meridian peanut butter
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 25g coconut oil
  • 25g cacao nibs (if you want chocolate bars)
  • 25g cacao powder
Cacao, Walnut and Cranberry Bars
I have cut the bars into three bite size pieces.

Start Cooking

  1. Mash the bananas in a big bowl.
  2. Chop the walnuts and cranberries and add them, the peanut butter, oats and cinnamon and mix.
  3. Meanwhile melt the coconut oil and add that to the bowl and mix well.
  4. If you are making the chocolate bars, add the powder and nibs and mix in.
  5. Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper or use a silicone tray.
  6. Pat the mixture down and bake in the oven at 170C° for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the tin once ready and cool on a wire rack before cutting into 12 bars.
Nutrition per bar
Kcals: 152
Total Fat: 8.6g
Saturated Fat: 2.9g
Total Carbs: 14.3g
Total Sugars: 6.8g
Protein: 4.4g

Want to read my previous posts?

Original Banana and Peanut Butter Bars (looking like frazzels)

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