Granola Bars

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Okay, now let’s talk about granola. I love granola, you can buy it in the cereal aisle, or the organic section of your market or you can make it on your own. I prefer to make it myself, because I control the amount of sugar I put into the recipe.

I eat granola several times during the week, sometimes I put in on top of my yogurt, or I add skim milk to it for a cereal, or I keep a bowl of it on the counter as a healthy snack. You can package it in a zip lock baggie and take it with you.

The beautiful thing about granola you can add almost anything to it, here are some of my suggestions; nuts, seeds, flax seed, dried fruits,(be careful if you have diabetes, dried fruits are high in sugar), chocolate covered raisins or nuts, coconut, you can really experiment with anything. In Europe they serve Muesli, just so you know, muesli is a high-protein Swiss cereal. It differs from granola in that the grains are not pre-toasted or mixed with oil or sweetener.

  • Author: Kim Nicholson

Ingredients

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Dry Ingredients:

6 cups of flaked or rolled grains

1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup wheat germ

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

tiny bit of salt

Wet ingredients:

1 cup dried fruit, I use cranberries or raisins

1/2 cup safflower or canola oil

1/2 cup honey, or maple syrup

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 300*F. Toss the dry ingredients but not the dried fruit, then add the oil and honey toss again. Spread mixture on two cookie sheets, (those are the side flat sheets you have in your pantry), be sure they are clean, and bake until golden brown, but you have to turn the oats every 10 minutes so it cooks evenly, so use your big spatula, not the rubber one that will melt but the plastic one. Then after 30 minutes, add the dried food and let it cool. Then store in a tightly covered jar. If you want a more low fat granola, omit the oil and toast everything as suggested. You can even reduce the honey if you would like.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Serves 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.6g 17%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 148.7mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 54.4g 20%
Sugars 15.3g
Protein 8.6g 17%
  • Vitamin A0%
  • Vitamin C0%

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