Thursday, November 5, 2009

Make-Your-Own Energy Bars

Another successful recipe tried tonight. Yummy energy bars (granola bars) that are homemade and healthy! You can substitute different ingredients, if you prefer. I used a a package of mixed dried fruit and some Sultana raisins for the dried fruit, and pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts and sunflower seeds.
And they taste really good, and chewy too!

Makes 24 bars.

Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Grape Nuts cereal
1/2 to 1 tsp ground ginger
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp packed brown sugar
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 7-oz. pkg. mixed dried fruit bits
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil. Lightly coat foil with cooking spray. Set aside.
In large bowl, combine oats, flour, cereal, and ginger. In small bowl, combine egg, applesauce, brown sugar, honey and oil. Add to oat mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in dried fruit bits, sunflower seeds, and walnuts. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Using foil, lift cookies from pan. Cut into bars.

These awesome bars only have 30 mg sodium per bar, 126 calories, 3 g total fat, 24 g carbs, 1 g fibre, and 2 g protein.

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