Healthy Granola Bars


Granola Bars

Granola Bars

and delicious. A recipe for granola bars from Fitness Mag that doesn’t seem too complicated. It uses such good ingredients – walnuts, dark chocolate and flaxseeds. These guys are totally customizable by adding a little more of this or a little less of that. A great snack, made in under an hour and not processed.  Homemade, so they don’t come individually packaged – which means they’re good for the environment too.. really there’s no excuse for not trying them, right?!

Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 16-ounce package mixed dried-fruit bits
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dark-chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray. Set pan aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, both flours, ground flaxseeds, Grape-Nuts, and ginger. Add egg, applesauce, honey, brown sugar, and oil; mix well. Stir in fruit bits, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
3. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool completely on a wire rack. Use edges of foil to lift cooked granola from pan, and cut into bars.

Photo: Fitness Magazine


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