Banana Split Granola Bars

I have been on the most amazing trip (more to come) and super duper busy since I got home last week. Short recap: I went on a National Park road trip. I got engaged. I’ve been working. Moving. Planning a wedding and a reception. Working on my own business. Wrapping my brain around getting married. Preparing to change my last name. And trying really hard to get in a flow, and also to slow down enough to get time for some rest and to write some post because I have a stock-pile of recipes and thoughts.

Because our trip was a lot of car travel and hiking, I was stoked before we left to play around with granola bar recipes. My last market before we embarked I took the first batch to my market booth. They were a hit!! My mom was hooked and telling everyone. She sold them all for me at the next market. And the most recent one (my first one post trip), I sold a double batch in the first two hours.

They are GOOD. With that being said I was even happier with the ones I made for Zach (my fiancé) and I’s trip. He LOVES bananas. This week actually I just made him a banana cream pie. The idea popped into my head to make banana split granola bars. I was so pumped to make them. The coolest thing is when I conceptualize something and they turn out even BETTER than I thought they were going to. Totally what happened. We packed them up and had them on the go or sometimes as a little post dinner ‘dessert’ when we had spent over 10 miles hiking.

20160629_191710Banana Split Granola Bars

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups banana chips
  • 1 cup dried strawberries ( I chopped up my own and did it in the oven myself)
  • 12 dried cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup honey

Let’s Make it Happen:

First I dried my strawberries.

Next I processed the walnuts and banana chips. Fold in the strawberries and ½ cup chocolate chips. Toss with the honey. Bake at 350 until golden in color.

Allow to cool completely.

Melt the remaining cup of chococlate chips in a double broiler.

Spread evenly over the top of the bars. Place a cherry in rows across. Allow the chocolate to set up. Slice, eat, and enjoy!


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