Homemade Nutty Granola Bars

Granola bars are so easy to make and are great lunch options for children’s lunch boxes, after school snack, or to pack in your purse on a busy day when you think you might miss lunch. In these bars I used a combination of nuts and dried fruits, but your flavor options are really endless. Use regular rolled oats, not instant or steel cut for the best results.


Why Healthy

    • Oats, via their high fiber content, are already known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream and have special antioxidant properties.

li>Diets high in oat bran, rice bran and wheat bran have consistently demonstrated great health benefits such as lower cholesterol, healthier hearts and improved intestinal health.

  • Nuts are rich source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and dietary fiber.

 

 

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Homemade Nutty Granola Bars

Making your own granola bars is quick and easy, and allows you endless flavor options.

Yield: Serves 8 - 10

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

3 Cups Regular Rolled Oats
1 Cup Chopped Almonds
3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
3/4 Cup Coconut Flakes
1/2 Cup Wheat or Oat Bran
2 Tablespoons Flax Seeds
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2/3 Cup Maple Syrup
1/2 Cup Oil
1/3 Cup Honey
1 Cup Dried Fruit Of Choice (I Used Half Cranberries & Half Blueberries)

Adapted from Spoon, Fork, Bacon blog.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly oil.
In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, almonds, walnuts, coconut, oat bran, cinnamon, and flax seeds, then toss to mix.
In a small saucepan, heat the maple syrup, oil, and honey until warm.
Pour the maple syrup mixture over the dry ingredients along with the dried fruit and stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
Dump the mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet and press with your fingers.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown.
Allow to cool to room temperature, then cut into bars.

 

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