My Health Magazine had a recipe for “Golden Fruit and Nut Granola Bars.” I decided to change it a bit to cut the fat, use local honey, and make it easier to prepare. Admittedly, these are still pretty high in sugars.
Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 bars as prepared below
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup Bell Plantation PB2, original flavor, prepared
- 1/2 cup honey (I used raw, local honey…yum!)
- 1 cup raisins (you could mix-in different chopped dried fruit)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds (or other chopped nuts, not salted)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
- Combine all of the ingredients above in a bowl and mix very well
- Line a 9 x 9 square baking dish with parchment paper. You could skip this step, but trust me, this will make your life much easier.
- Distribute the mixed ingredients evenly on top of the parchment paper. Tuck-in any loose raisins and use another piece of parchment paper to press down very firmly.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and dry to the touch.
- Put the baking dish on a wire rack and use the extra piece of parchment paper (and an oven mitt) to press down firmly again.
- Let cool completely and then cut.
- Store for up to 3 days on the counter with pieces of the parchment paper between each one. Or do what I do and freeze them.
Nutrition from Spark People’s Recipe Calculator. Note: you could cut the calories/carbs easily by changing the portion size. I chose 300 calories because that’s a good amount for breakfast for me.
User Entered Recipe
Amount Per Serving
|Total Fat||11.2 g|
|Saturated Fat||0.0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||0.4 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat||0.4 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||49.0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||6.7 g|
|Vitamin A||0.5 %|
|Vitamin B-12||0.0 %|
|Vitamin B-6||2.5 %|
|Vitamin C||1.2 %|
|Vitamin D||0.0 %|
|Vitamin E||0.6 %|
|Pantothenic Acid||0.2 %|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|