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Brain-boosting granola bars

These 5-ingredient, 15-minute vegan granola bars are packed full of goodness to boost your brain and body. Slow-release carb sources keep you going throughout the day whilst crunchy pecans - loaded with omega-3 and monounsaturated fatty acids – increase serotonin levels and cognitive function.

Written by Beth Williams
Published 25.10.2023

Servings: 8 bars


Time: 15 mins



2 ripe bananas, peeled

1 tbsp maple syrup

200g (7oz) whole rolled oats

Pinch of ground cinnamon

Small handful of pecans, roughly chopped



Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

Mash the bananas into a rough paste in a bowl and stir in the maple syrup.

Add the oats, cinnamon and pecans and stir again, then use your hands to fully combine.

Press tightly into a small, shallow baking tin and smooth the top with the back of a spoon.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and slice into bars while still warm, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Switch the pecans for sultanas (golden raisins), freeze- dried raspberries or dried cranberries for tasty variations (which children will love too).


Recipe credit: Five Ingredient Vegan by Katy Beskow

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