Crunchy Pineapple, Banana, and Pecan Granola Bars with Cream Cheese Icing

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Let the feeling of spring in with these simple Crunchy Pineapple, Banana, and Pecan Granola Bars with Cream Cheese Icing…aka Hummingbird Granola Bars! Probably the BEST celebration of spring and summer flavors all in one bite. These bars have the perfect crunch and are hinted throughout with pineapple and banana, nutty, and perfectly sweetened. Oh, and we can’t forget about the cream cheese icing on top! No hummingbird cake would be complete without it. The icing adds a classic creamy, sweet, tanginess that really sets these granola bars apart from everything else! The bars are made with a dried bananas, dried pineapple, a dash of cinnamon, old-fashioned oats, chopped pecans, and just a little bit of honey. Oh so simple, but SO very good. Of course, each bar is then finished off with a light drizzle of cream cheese frosting. A truly decadent spring or summer snack! The best part? These granola bars are completely gluten-free.

hummingbird granola bars on upside down sheet pan with flowers around

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About The Recipe

Even though we’re still in the middle of winter and it’s in the mid 40’s most days, we can’t help but dream of warmer weather! Which is where the inspiration behind these granola bars came from. I mean, what is more spring/summer-y than pineapple and bananas?

Every bite tastes like sunshine! Well, it actually tastes just like hummingbird cake, but we’ll keep that between us.

One of my absolute favorite cakes to bake has been Hummingbird Cake since we made it a few years ago for the blog. It may be a southern recipe, but it LITERALLY tastes so tropical. I adore it!

If you’ve never had the cake version of this granola bar, then no worries! You can actually introduce yourself to the cake with our super simple Hummingbird Cake recipe. Though, between me and you, I think I might actually prefer these granola bars.

Made using dried pineapple, banana chips, ground cinnamon, pecans, and oatmeal. Seriously. It doesn’t get any easier or more delicious! The best part? These granola bars are no-bake, gluten free, and can be made dairy free if you leave off the frosting.

Though, developing and testing the recipe for these granola bars was definitely not as easy as we were originally hoping it was going to be.

overhead photo of hummingbird granola parchmes on upside down sheet pan with more granola bars around, crumbs, white flowers, and two plates

We have made these granola bars a total of FOUR times. Each time, the recipe changed. Our first incarnation was a soft and chewy bar that didn’t hold up well and, for some reason, we thought there was coconut in it. I think it’s probably because our original granola bars have coconut flakes, plus every other granola we do also has coconut.

Obviously, Hummingbird Cake doesn’t have coconut in it and we didn’t want soft and chewy bars. So, we tried again after making adjustments to the recipe…but it was the same result. We couldn’t figure out what the problem was!

We found out through LOTS (like two days worth!) of research on granola bars that we had too much liquid.

Immediately, my mom refigured the recipe and scaled the syrup WAY back. Our third batch was perfect…but we waited too long to cut them and instead of cutting, they broke apart. So, while very tasty and crunchy, we couldn’t take photos of them because we had Hummingbird Granola…not granola bars.

Our four batch of these granola bars, we cut them while still mostly warm and…it worked! We finally had perfect and delicious Pineapple Banana Granola bars.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s let the sunshine in and get to making these delicious granola bars!

What To Expect From These Granola Bars

  • Only 10 ingredients!
  • Tastes just like the southern classic Hummingbird Cake!
  • These bars are actually so easy to make!
  • Uses a blend of honey and brown sugar as the syrup to bind the nuts and fruits.
  • The perfect use of rolled oats.
  • Perfectly sweet and tropical.
45 degree angle photo of granola bars on sheet pan with flowers around

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

For The Granola:

  • Dried Pineapple
  • Dried Banana Chips
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Rolled Oats
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Raw Unfiltered Honey
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
pecans, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, honey, oil. oats, candied pineapple, brown sugar, and banana chips in glass bowls

For The Icing:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Whole Milk
powdered sugar, vanilla extract, cream cheese, and milk on marble counter

How To Make These Crunchy Pineapple, Banana, and Pecan Granola Bars

Step 1: Make the granola

In a large glass bowl, mix together the oats, ground pecans, banana chips, dried pineapple, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a small glass bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla.

Pour the honey mixture into the nuts and fruits mixture. Mix well.

Step 2: Bake

Dump the granola onto a lined jelly-roll pan and spread to cover the bottom. Pack down tightly.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the bars to cool for 12-15 minutes before cutting.

baked granola on parchment paper

Step 3: Make icing

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese.

Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

Mix in the vanilla.

Stir in the milk.

Step 4: Cut and drizzle

Cut the cooled granola bars and drizzle with icing.

overhead photo of granola bars on parchment paper with granola crumbs around and flowers

Substituions

  • If you want to make this recipe vegan, use agave instead of honey, vegan cream cheese, and your favorite non-dairy milk (we like it most with unsweetened almond and unsweetened coconut milk!).
  • You can use any honey you like, but raw and unfiltered honey tastes the best and has the most nutritional benefits. In the photos, we used what we had on hand because we had to make these bars so many times! But, it really is best to use a lighter honey.

How To Store

It’s best to store these granola bars without the icing on the counter in a zip-top bag for 7-10 days. If there is icing, keep these granola bars in the freezer for up to 2 months! Since our icing is actual cream cheese and milk products and no preservatives, this leads to a much shorter shelf life compared to store-bought. Which is why we recommend freezing them if the bars have been iced.

close up of granola bar on parchment on upside down sheet pan with more granola bars behind

Expert Tips

  • Use a metal spatula or a measuring cup to pack granola tightly into pan.
  • If you under bake, the bars will be soft and chewy when they cool. You can fix this by putting them back in the oven for a few more minutes!
  • Don’t try to cut the bars when they are hot, they will fall apart. Though, don’t wait too long to cut them, either. You will also need to use a very sharp knife to keep these bars from breaking when cutting.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten free with vegan options!

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hummingbird granola bars on upside down sheet pan with flowers around

Crunchy Pineapple, Banana, and Pecan Granola Bars with Cream Cheese Icing

Traci
These Crunchy Pineapple, Banana, and Pecan Granola Bars with Cream Cheese Icing taste JUST like the classic Hummingbird Cake. Every bite is crunchy, perfectly sweet, fruity, nutty, and just SO. DELICIOUS.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 282 kcal

Ingredients
 

Granola Bars

  • 1 ¾ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ cups banana chips, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups dried pineapple, chopped
  • cup mild honey or agave
  • 4 ⅓ Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • teaspoon salt

Frosting

  • 1 ounce cream cheese
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon milk
  • teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Granola Bars

  • Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Line a jelly roll pan (10.5"x15.5"x1") with parchment paper. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, stir together oats, pecans, cinnamon, banana chips, and pineapple. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, vegetable oil, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt.
  • Pour over dry ingredients.
  • Mix thoroughly, making sure all dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Dump onto prepared sheet pan.
  • Spread to cover bottom.
  • Pack down.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Allow the bars to cool for 12-15 minutes before cutting.
  • After cutting, allow to finish cooling.

Frosting

  • In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.
  • Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Spoon into piping bag.
  • Snip off end.
  • Pipe onto cooled bars.

Notes

Substitutions:
  • If you want to make this recipe vegan, use agave instead of honey, vegan cream cheese, and your favorite non-dairy milk (we like it most with unsweetened almond and unsweetened coconut milk!).
  • You can use any honey you like, but raw and unfiltered honey tastes the best and has the most nutritional benefits. In the photos, we used what we had on hand because we had to make these bars so many times! But, it really is best to use a lighter honey.
 
Expert Tips:
  • Use a metal spatula or a measuring cup to pack granola tightly into pan.
  • If you under bake, the bars will be soft and chewy when they cool. You can fix this by putting them back in the oven for a few more minutes!
  • Don’t try to cut the bars when they are hot, they will fall apart. Though, don’t wait too long to cut them, either. You will also need to use a very sharp knife to keep these bars from breaking when cutting.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten free with vegan options!

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 282kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 3gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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