Welcome to Freezer Food Friday!
Today I have granola bars that can be made ahead and frozen. I hope you try themout and find them enjoyable!
For long storage, pack the bars in zipper bags and freeze. Remove a bar, wrap it in foil or plastic, and you will be well fueled for a run or whatever your day brings.
Butter (for the pan)
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup loosely-packed brown sugar
½ cup natural-style peanut butter
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
½ cup whole-wheat flour
½ cup coarsely-chopped walnuts
½ cup raisins
½ cup chocolate chips
1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.
2. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar at medium speed for 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the peanut butter until blended. Add the banana and vanilla, mixing to incorporate them.
3. Add the oats and flour. Mix just until combined.
4. Remove the mixer bowl from the stand. With a large metal spoon, stir in the walnuts, raisins, and chips.
5. Turn the batter into the pan, smoothing the top with the spoon. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Cool completely. Cover the pan with foil and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
7. Make 3 cuts in one direction and 2 cuts in the other to form 12 bars.
Adapted from Susan Katcher.