Granola Bars



    • 1/2 cup almond butter
    • 1 cup rolled oats or quinoa flakes
    • 1 banana, mashed
    • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
    • 1/3 cup date paste (or other dried fruit paste)
    • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
    • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
    • 3/4 cup mixed chopped dried fruit (raisins, dried cherries, dried apricots, or any combination thereof)
    • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


    1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 5-inch bread pan with parchment paper.
    2. Heat almond butter and banana and dried fruit on stove.
    3. Fold into banana mixture and press batter into prepared pan.
    4. Bake until set and lightly browned, about 20 to 25 minutes.
    5. Cool 10 minutes before cutting into bars, then cool completely before serving.

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    Peggy Kotsopoulos is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Health Educator, and Culinary Consultant focused on teaching REAL health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious. She whips up healthy and delicious meals on her own TV show Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on Z Living. Originally working in investments in Toronto, Canada, Peggy found her true passion for nutrition and healthy eating by bringing her own guilt-free goodies to corporate meetings as an alternative to bagels and danishes. As colleagues and clients became intrigued, Peggy started leading seminars and founded a company-wide corporate wellness program. Seven years later, Peggy followed her passion to the United States where she became certified as a Health Educator, and graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California. She is the founder of beVibrant consulting in Toronto, where she develops wellness programs for large corporate clients, schools, and food establishments. Peggy is the resident nutritionist for CBC’s Steven and Chris show, and has been featured in major publications including Fitness Magazine, Shape and Yahoo! Shine.