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Oh-So-Good Granola Bars

Oh-So-Good Granola Bars

Oh-So-Good Granola Bars

Makes: 24 bars

Prep time: 10 min.

Cook time: 35 min.

Fitnessmagazine.com/March 2011

 

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

 

  1. Preheat oven to 325.  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 30-35 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.