SRC: Prevention RD’s Low Fat Granola Bars with Bananas, Cranberries and Pecans

For March’s Secret Recipe Club, I was pair up with Nicole of Prevention RD. Nicole’s a registered dietitian who turned her interest in healthy living into a career and who, like myself, has had difficulty with weight in high school but has essentially kept it off since then. Each one of her posts is written with such passion and knowledge and illustrated with such beautiful photos, that’s it’s really easy to find yourself reading post after post after post!

It was so difficult for me to choose just one recipe from Nicole’s blog – there were so many healthy and delicious choices (and some with gluten free options as well!) I think my pinterest account is testament to this: I’ve pinned so many amazing looking recipes! Some of my favourites were the Peanut Butter Honeycomb Pie (perhaps not the healthiest choice, but it looks AMAZING), sweet and salty olive oil granola clusters, Lentil Tacos and Chickpea Pot-pie with Cornbread Crust. I also really love that her recipe index comes with ratings of everything she’s made.

After much deliberation, I decided to make Nicole’s Low-Fat Granola with Bananas, Cranberries and Pecans. I was so impressed to find a granola bar recipe that didn’t have any kind of sweetener in it: that’s right, a granola bar with NO honey, sugar, agave or maple syrup.

I made a half batch as I didn’t think that I could eat a whole 9×13″ tray. Being me, I did make a few ingredient changes to make things even healthier and more protein filled:

1 c. GF rolled oats
1/2 c. quinoa flakes
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. chopped almonds
1/2 c. apple juice sweetened dried cranberries (WAY better than conventional sugar sweetened ones in my opinion!)
1/3 c. chopped un-sulphured dried apricots
1 tbsp. ground chia seed (me and flax do not get along.)

They turned out fairly well – the texture is more like a cross between a granola bar and a chewy cookie. I think that I added too much chia that made things a bit weird texture wise (I guess I should learn that 1 tbsp whole chia is way more than 1 tbsp when ground. Oops.) but adding chia just makes these granola bars even more of a nutritional powerhouse!

Thank you Nicole for having such a lovely blog – it really was a pleasure to read through all of your recipes and to learn more about you!

Check out the rest of Secret Recipe Club’s group D recipes here:


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16 responses to “SRC: Prevention RD’s Low Fat Granola Bars with Bananas, Cranberries and Pecans

  1. ostranderblog

    So I need to find this Chia… have to translate. ;o) I’ve been looking for a take along snack bar that I can make, the store packaged ones make me cringe a little reading the ingredients. This looks super YUM!
    Hope life is well!!

    • The original recipe used flax seed, but flax doesn’t agree with me so I used Chia seed instead. 🙂

      • ostranderblog

        Ohh I have Flax… I don’t know I find more and more disagreements occurring, too many nuts? My stomach blows up, a organic oatmeal bar? My belly makes orcha wale noises. I do hope its just this stage where I’m kicking out a bunch of the processed foods.

  2. I’ve been adding chia seeds to everything! Can you puree quinoa to make flakes or doesn’t that work? These bars sound great!

    • You could try it, but I highly doubt that will become flakes with pureeing them as I think quinoa flakes are more processed than that. As for this recipe, pureeing quinoa will probably just work fine! 🙂

  3. wow, these granola bars look fantastic! i’ve had some homemade granola bars bookmarked for ages but keep forgetting to try them. thanks for the reminder! glad to meet you through the SRC – i’m a fellow group D’er! =)

  4. Oh homemade granola bars – and they not only look scrumptious but they sound it too. Great choice for SRC!

  5. Those look very yummy!

  6. Such a sweet post – thank you! I read it yesterday and am just getting around to commenting 🙂 Your photos are beautiful and I love the changes. Chia seeds can be tricky, but I bet they worked great in here, absolutely! xoxo

  7. As someone new to the gluten free life, it’s nice to see someone like you changing things around to fit. Those bars look great.

  8. Angel's Homestead

    What a yummy looking granola bar, and such a treat for someone who is gluten intolerant, like me.

  9. iamahoneybee

    they look lovely. I have always wanted to make granola bars! I hate buying the processed ones.

  10. ashley

    These look so good. I just found your blog its great. Come check out my blog at

    Have a Great Day 🙂

  11. Gina Rogers

    Where is the banana?

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