Oh-So-Good Granola Bars
Makes: 24 bars
Prep time: 10 min.
Cook time: 35 min.
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
½ cup Grape Nuts cereal
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup honey
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 16 ounce package mixed dried fruit bits
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
½ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325. Line an 8 by 8 inch pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray. Set pan aside.
- 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.
- Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 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.
Nutrition facts per bar: 155 calories, 3 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat (1 g saturated), 2 g fiber
**”A half cup of Grape Nuts has seven grams of fiber,” Kerry Neville, R.D., a dietitian in Seattle, says.
** Instead of butter, this recipe calls for applesauce and heart-healthy canola oil.
**Whole-wheat flour is denser than all-purpose, so use a combination when baking, Neville says.