Healthy Granola Bars

Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

Source: turtlewoman.hubpages.com/hub/Best-homemade-healthy-granola-bars-energy-bars 

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups flax seed
  • 1/4 cup sesame seed
  • 1 cup chopped almonds (optional: any other kind of nuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup organic local honey
  • 4 tablespoons butters or coconut oil
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (optional: other chopped dried fruits or dark chocolate chips)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine the rolled oats, flax seeds, sesame seed, and almonds. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Toast for about 15-30 minutes until golden. Be sure to stir occasionally so it doesn’t burn.
  2. In a large bowl, put vanilla, honey & butter/coconut oil. Heat over very low heat until slightly liquid. Combine.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sea salt, coconut, cinnamon, and dried cranberries.
  4. When the oat mixture is finished toasting, add it to the coconut mixture and stir.
  5. Add honey mixture and stir.
  6. Line a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with waxed paper. Spread the mixture in the baking pan and press to create a smooth surface. Place another piece of waxed paper on top and press down tightly until it’s even.
  7. Place pan in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to cool completely. Use a knife to cut into bars.

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Low Fat Granola Bars with Bananas, Cranberries & Pecans

Source: http://www.cookincanuck.com/2012/01/low-fat-granola-bars-with-bananas-cranberries-pecans-recipe/

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 3 large, ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9- by 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, with about 1 inch of parchment paper overlapping the sides.
  3. Spread out the oats and chopped pecans on a baking sheet. Place in the oven until they are lightly toasted, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas with the back of a fork. Stir in applesauce until combined.
  5. Transfer the oats and pecans to a large bowl and stir in dried cranberries, flax seed, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  6. Stir the banana mixture into the oat mixture until well combined and starting to clump together. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and press down evenly.
  7. Bake until the bars are golden brown and starting to separate from sides of the pan, about 30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  8. Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan. Let cool to room temperature, then cut into bars.
  9. Serve or store in an airtight container.

 

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