Protein Granola Bars

3 cups Chickpeas cooked
1 cup Peanut butter (or other types of nut butter
¼ cup of ground flax seed
1/4 cup quiona
½ cup honey ( adjust if you like it sweeter)
1 cup mashed banana
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon sea salt
4 cups of oats
½ cup chocolate chips
1 cup wheat flour  ( you can substitute with whatever flour you like.)
½ cup diced apricots (use whatever dried fruits that you like)
½ cup cranberries
1/2 cup diced prunes
½ cup Chopped almonds

In a food processor, combine beans, banana, peanut butter,  honey, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth.  Pour this into the oats and dry base ingredients and mix just to combine.  If the consistency seems spreadable, you’re good.  If it’s too dry, add 1/4 cup of water; if it’s too runny, add an additional 1/4 cup of the dry base ingredient.

Grease (2) 13×9 pan with baking spray or rub with 1 tablespoon oil, then spread mixture into pan and press down until it us evenly distributed.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

Remove from the oven and with a large knife or bench scraper Divide it in half and keep dividing it into halves until you have cut into the desired lengths for your granola bars. (they are easier to cut when they first come out of the oven.)

If the bars are not crispy enough, return them into the oven at 250* for 15 minutes or until they are a little crispier.

When they have cooled, you can place them in a covered container or wrap them individually in plastic wrap.

VIA Anna Lee-Lendvay

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