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funfetti granola bites.

oh dear.

what have i done?

somehow, someway, sprinkles hopped into my bowl of oats…

now, i’ve shared my love for addiction to granola…  i’ve shared my love for addiction to funfetti

let’s just combine the two and see what happens?!


mmmm. that’s my kind of energy snack.

now can someone please clean the runaway sprinkles hiding on my kitchen floor?!

funfetti granola bites

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)

makes about 20 balls

  • 2 1/4 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (more or less, depending on your love for addiction to sprinkles)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.  Stir well, until all oats are moistened.  This will take some elbow grease!
  2. Refrigerate mixture for AT LEAST 1 hour (preferably 2 – you want the whole mixture pretty stiff and stick together well)
  3. Remove from refrigerator and roll into balls. Enjoy!
adapted from Little Bitty Bakes
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what to do with that extra cake mix leftover in the box?! use it in these 😉

cake batter rice krispie treats

cake batter rice krispie treats

cake batter chocolate chip cookies

cake batter chocolate chip cookies

 

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peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars

i know what you’re thinking.  ANOTHER peanut butter recipe?  yes.  i have no shame. i am addicted to peanut butter.

so, before i share these incredibly delicious, wholesome (read: healthy) oatmeal bars, let’s take a look back on some of the most popular recipes this month.

there were some delicious recipes in March!

*click on any picture to link to the recipe.

           

if you’ve been following sally’s baking addiction for the past few months, you may remember my peanut butter banana oatmeal bars. these bars are gooooooood. without a doubt, my FAVORITE healthy recipe i’ve ever made. i played around with the recipe a bit and added some chocolate this time.

because everything is better with chocolate.

it is the super ripe bananas and oats that make these bars so incredibly chewy and soft. the peanut butter packs a HUGE flavor punch and chocolate/peanut butter chips add a sweet surprise in each bite. plus, there is only 1/4 cup sugar IN THE ENTIRE recipe. told ya these were healthy.

   

not only are these bars good-for-you, they are also easy to make.

i loathe long bake times, complicated recipes, and slaving away in the kitchen. there’s none of that in these bars. nope. mix everything up in 1 bowl and 20 minutes later you’ll be in oatmeal bar heaven.

peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars

(categorized under brownies/barsgranola & healthy stuff)

makes 16 small squares

  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (regular or soy milk would be fine)
  • 1 large egg (or 1 “flax” egg – see note below for vegan option)
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 8 x 8 pan w/ cooking spray & set aside.
  2. Mix together oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add in the milk, vanilla, and egg.  Mix together until evenly combined.
  4. Add mashed bananas, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips.  Stir well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Cut into bars and enjoy!

*these bars can easily be made vegan by using vegan chocolate chips (the reese’s peanut butter chips i used are vegan) and using a “flax egg” instead of a regular egg. flax egg = mix 1 tbsp ground flax w/ 3 tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while it “gels” up.

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ps: want to see more of my healthy recipes?

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

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caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars.

prepare for something goooooooey…

    and incredibly delicious.

after eyeing Averie’s caramel apple bars a few weeks ago, i knew i had to remake them somehow and some way. i took her flavor combination idea (Averie seriously comes up with the best flavor combos) and tweaked the recipe a bit to bake up an amazingly gooey, soft, and surprisingly healthy oatmeal bar. these bars taste sinful, in the best possible way. 😉

cinnamon apples. gooey, sweet caramel. buttery, chewy oats. rich, creamy peanut butter.

out. of. this. world.

as if you needed another reason to make these (…make them now…), they’re perfectly healthy and acceptable for breakfast or a quick snack. hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

(categorized under granola/healthy stuff)

adapted from love veggies and yoga

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup light butter, softened (i use land o lakes light)
  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped & peeled apples
  • sugar free caramel sauce for drizzling (about 3 tbsp)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir to combine the applesauce, peanut butter, and softened light butter (get all those chunks of butter mixed in well).
  3. Add oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Fold in the chopped apples. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. They bars may look a bit dry on top, but trust me, they are not!
  4. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the hot bars and let cool completely before cutting into squares. I actually stuck mine in the fridge for an hour before cutting into squares.
  5. For best taste, store in an airtight container in the fridge until they are all polished off (won’t take long, trust me)

*note: the bars may break a little while you’re cutting. if they are, you need to chill the bars for longer.

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these healthy bites too 😉

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

apple cinnamon granola (vegan)

apple cinnamon granola (vegan)

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

& in case you’re itchin’ for something a little sweeter….

peanut butter chocolate chip blondies

peanut butter chocolate chip blondies

apricot pecan granola bars (vegan)

vegan apricot pecan granola bars

need a high energy snack that won’t weigh you down? AND is full of all natural, wholesome ingredients? these granola bars are darn near perfect.  they contain absolutely no eggs, milk, or any dairy products so they are completely vegan! you won’t miss the added sugars and butter/oil in these either. 🙂 they are highly adaptable using whatever mix-ins you have on hand. they aren’t as chewy and soft as my peanut butter banana oatmeal bars, so they are much closer to a real granola bar rather than an oatmeal bar.  hope you enjoy them, they are DELICIOUS!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2.5 cups whole oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/3 cup chopped apricots
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees and toast the pecans for 10-11 minutes on a small baking sheet. Meanwhile, prepare the granola batter. In a large bowl, mix together the mashed banana and peanut butter.  Add maple syrup and cinnamon and whisk until combined.
  2. Stir in the oats, making sure that all of the oats are moistened.  Add more maple syrup or peanut butter if needed.  (note: the less “wet” ingredients you add, the crunchier your bars will be)
  3. Remove toasted pecans from oven and stir into the oat mixture.  Add raisins and chopped apricots.
  4. Press mixture into the pan, making sure it is evenly distributed and tightly packed.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares. Enjoy!!

check out my other all-natural and completely delicious granola bar recipe:

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars



peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

my healthy oatmeal bars have absolutely no oil or butter and only 1/4 cup of brown sugar in the entire recipe. they taste incredible and are super moist…. in fact they tasted exactly like banana bread the next day!

you can play around with different add-ins, based on your taste preference. i added some dried fruit and nuts, but i think chocolate chips would be a yummy addition too! i made mine with raisins and walnuts. perfectly healthy and delicious combination. 🙂

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)

makes 16 small squares

  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (regular or soy milk would be fine)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup add-ins (raisins, walnuts, craisins, peanuts, choc chips, etc)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 8 x 8 pan w/ cooking spray & set aside.
  2. Mix together oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add in the milk, vanilla, and egg.  Mix together until evenly combined.
  4. Add mashed bananas, peanut butter, and add-ins.  Stir well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Cut into bars and enjoy!

*these bars can easily be made vegan using a “flax egg.” mix 1 tbsp ground flax w/ 3 tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while it “gels” up

ps: give these healthy bites a try too! 😉

maple almond butter breakfast cookies (vegan)

maple almond butter breakfast cookies (vegan)

apple cinnamon granola (vegan)

apple cinnamon granola

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

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