Granola Bars

These are ideal to take on trips, especially at conferences where you have very little healthy food choices. They keep and travel well.

These are ideal to take on trips, especially at conferences where you have very little healthy food choices.  They keep and travel well.

Makes 24 – 2”x2” bars

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup oat bran

1 cup puffed brown rice cereal

1/2 cup granola (use a no-fat or low-fat granola) [I use homemade granola.]

1/2 cup almonds (use sliced or raw and chop well)

3/4 cup protein powder [I use Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete®]

1-1/2 cups organic raisins

1-1/2 cups organic dried fruit* (use whatever you have on hand, chop up the dried fruit)

[*I use 1 cup organic shredded unsweetened coconut + 1/2 cup sunflower seeds]

3/4 cup honey

1/2 cup almond butter (can use peanut butter instead)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation:

In a large bowl, combine oats, oat bran, puffed rice cereal, granola, raisins, dried fruit, almonds, and Complete® and toss them together.

In a medium sauce pan, heat the honey and almond butter together till almost boiling.  Add vanilla extract.

Add warm mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.  Working quickly, press the mixture into a greased 9” x 13” pan.

Chill, then cut into bars.

Per serving: 160 Calories (KCAL); 5G Total Fat; (27% Calories from fat); 7G Protein; 24G Carbohydrate; 14MG Cholesterol; 36MG Sodium

(Source: Healthy Foods Cookbook by Leanne Ely)

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