Healthy (Nut-Free) Granola Bars

These granola bars can be school-safe (notoriously nut-free zones), and your kids and fiber-phobes will never suspect that they’re actually nutritious, acting as a good source of fiber, protein, and vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, folate, phosphorus, potassium, thiamin, zinc, magnesium, iron, and even calcium (if you use sesame seeds). These granola bars are a particularly excellent choice as a pre- or post-workout snack, to help you fuel-up or re-fuel after a grueling fit of fitness; they’ll deliver the protein, complex carbs and other nutrients your body needs to sustain your new (or ongoing) resolutions to exercise and get in shape. home made energy bars a blast of energy, protein, complex carbs and fruit: the perfect pre- or post-workout snack. And of course, these granola bars are also completely void of corn syrup, palm oil, and all the unpronounceable additives included in many of the store-bought granola bars.
Healthy (Nut-Free) Granola Bars
Healthy (Nut-Free) Granola Bars

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Ingredients

  • to 350

    to 350 degrees F

  • Ingredients

  • 2 2

    2 cups rolled oats

  • 1/2 1/2

    1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed

  • 1/4 1/4

    1/4 cup wheat germ

  • 1/4 1/4

    1/4 cup whole flax seeds

  • 1/4 1/4

    1/4 cup dried unsweetened coconut

  • 1 1

    1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 1

    1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 1/2

    1/2 cup raisins

  • 1/4 1/4

    1/4 cup dried cranberries

  • 2 2

    2 tbsp sunflower seeds, hulled

  • 2 2

    2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

  • 3/4 3/4

    3/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 1/2

    1/2 cup honey

  • 1 1

    1 egg, beaten

  • 1/3 1/3

    1/3 cup melted butter

  • 1/3 1/3

    1/3 cup mashed ripe banana

  • 2 2

    2 tsp vanilla extract

  • healthy granola bars

  • to 5

    to pay $6 for a box of 5 organic granola bars; make your own, with the perfect amount of your favorite ingredients and no pesky preservatives, fillers, palm oil or allergens.

  • Tips & Substitutions

  • Go ahead and substitute equal amounts of “goody” ingredients for whichever you prefer, such as:

  • o Carob or chocolate chips, chopped dried apricot, or dried blueberries for dried cranberries;

  • o Sesame seeds for sunflower seeds;

  • o Chia seeds for flax;

  • o Applesauce for mashed banana;

  • o Melted coconut oil for melted butter;

  • o Substitute some of the rolled oats with puffed rice or kamut for a little more of a crunchy texture

  • healthy granola bars

  • the exquisite tastes of butter, honey and vanilla form the flavor foundation of these granola bars; mix it up by including dried fruit, seeds or nuts of your preference.

Directions

Directions 1. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan. 2. In large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, flax, cinnamon, flour, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and salt; mix and form a well in the center. 3. In medium bowl, whisk together honey, egg, melted butter, banana and vanilla. 4. Pour honey mixture into the well created by the dry ingredients in large bowl; mix well. 5. Lightly grease a fork or your hands and fingers with butter, then pat down the granola bar dough evenly into the pan. 6. Bake in preheated oven (350 degrees F) for 24 minutes for chewy bars; you may need more or less time depending on your oven and how chewy you like your granola bars. 7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. While still warm, cut into bars or squares of whatever size you desire; makes 16 “granola bar-sized” bars.

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