Recipe: All-Natural Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

A pan of homemade granola bars
These smell and taste so good!

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

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Combine all of the ingredients above in a bowl and mix very well
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and dry to the touch.
  6. 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.
  7. Let cool completely and then cut.
  8. 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.

Nutrition Facts

 

User Entered Recipe
  8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 306.5
  Total Fat 11.2 g
  Saturated Fat 0.0 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 122.7 mg
  Potassium 257.9 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 49.0 g
  Dietary Fiber 6.7 g
  Sugars 29.6 g
  Protein 9.1 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 %
  Calcium 6.3 %
  Copper 3.2 %
  Folate 0.2 %
  Iron 7.8 %
  Magnesium 1.6 %
  Manganese 3.7 %
  Niacin 0.9 %
  Pantothenic Acid     0.2 %
  Phosphorus     1.8 %
  Riboflavin 1.4 %
  Selenium 0.4 %
  Thiamin 1.9 %
  Zinc 0.6 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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