Sunday, January 09, 2011

Healthy Granola Bar Makeover

 Yet, another attempt to make my favourite treats healthier!

I love granola bars.  They are quick, easy and tasty when you are on the go.  The only problem is that many of the store-bought ones are full of sugar and lacking fibre.

I took this recipe, made only a few changes, and came out with, well, a semi-pass.  They need to be just a touch sweeter with a stronger flavour.  Next time I am going to up the trail mix, cinnamon and honey.  Bake and learn, I always say :)

Trail Mix Granola Bars (Makes 20 Bars)

2 1/4 cups oats
1 cup whole wheat flour 
6 tbsp wheat germ
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup trail mix (I used sunflower seeds, cashews, raisins, and cranberries)
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup honey 
1 flax egg
2 tsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degree and lightly grease a 9x13 pan.

Mix oats, flour, wheat germ, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and trail mix until blended.

Add the applesauce, honey, flax egg and maple syrup and stir with a wooden spoon. (Mixture will be thick)

Spread evenly in pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Nutritional Information (approx.)
102 calories
2 g fat
19 g carbs
3 g protein
2 g fibre

Do you have a favourite granola bar recipe?  Any suggestions for improvement?

Stay Healthy, 

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