Thursday, July 22, 2010

Banana Peanut Butter Walnut Granola

I was looking for a new flavor for my granola, so I thought of other desserts and sweet treats that had flavor combinations I liked. I wanted to use agave as the main sweetener in these granola bars and since agave is basically my honey substitute, it led me to think about the Elvis sandwich.

Peanut butter, banana chips, agave nectar, different nuts and dried apple rings make these granola bars identical in flavor to the sandwich Elvis made famous.

1/3c light agave nectar
1/3c organic light brown sugar
1/3c canola oil
1/3c organic natural creamy peanut butter
1/2c dried banana chips, broken in pieces
1/2c dried apple rings, chopped into small pieces
1 1/2c old fashioned rolled oats
1/2c roasted peanuts, chopped
1/2c roasted walnuts, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbl cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper (up the sides too) or foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine banana chips, apple rings, oats, peanuts, walnuts, salt and cinnamon
In a small sauce pot combine agave nectar, brown sugar, oil and peanut butter. Melt down and stirring constantly, bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes after that point.
Pour sugar mixture into nut mixture and toss. Pour into baking dish and pat down as hard as you can. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. For best results, refrigerate overnight, unmold from baking dish and cut into squares. Or cool completely and cut into squares. These are awesome to wrap individually and freeze. You can take one out overnight to thaw and have it in the morning like it was freshly made!

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