Coconut & Flax Granola Bars (Gluten Free & Vegan)

I love homemade granola bars for breakfast on the go and late afternoon snacks. When I got home from Miami, I noticed I had 4 super ripe bananas  and few of my regular go to snacks so I whipped up a quick batch using what I had in my house. The result was a delicious coconut and flaxseed success. 
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Made with just a few ingredients, you can easily add in dried fruit, nuts or chocolate chips for your own variety. Each bar is about 150 calories, is naturally gluten free and vegan. Each one also has 9g of heart healthy fats, 6g of protein, 11 carbs, 4g of fiber and 3g of sugar.

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This morning, I brought one to Barry’s to eat after teaching but before my own workout. It was the perfect energizing snack. 

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Coconut & Flaxseed Granola Bars (Gluten Free, Vegan) Makes 16 servings

  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 packet Perfect Fit Protein Powder (or 1 serving of your favorite Vanilla Protein Powder)
  • 2 packets Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flaxseeds
Preheat oven to 350F. Mash the bananas well or puree in a food processor. Combine with the milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients.  Slowly combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well. If you are going to use dried fruit, add it in here. Press batter into a large baking dish or cookie sheet. Make sure mixture is evenly distributed throughout. If you would like to add in chocolate chips, you can add them on top here. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Let cool and cut into 16 even sized bars. 

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Substitutions: You can omit the protein powder if you would like. If your batter seems a bit wet as a result, add in 1/4 cup of extra oatmeal. You can also sub the Truvia Natural Sweetener for 2 tbsp of agave or honey.

I cut half of my batch right away and the other after they had cooled down, so it really doesn’t matter too much! Enjoy. 

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Disclaimer: I am a 2014 Truvia brand ambassador. All opinions expressed are my own and the cookies mentioned above tasted awesome. No weird aftertaste. Learn more here. 

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