Monday, January 14, 2013

Cranberry Granola Bars

I love, love, love, granola bars. They are quite a handy snack and quickly fill me up during those in between meal times. After reading the labels, I thought, I really should try to make these at home without the random ingredients with names that I cannot pronounce. So, I scoured some recipes and here is what I came up with:

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups quick cook oats
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsps honey
1/4 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp flaxseed (optional addition)
1/2 cup fresh cranberries, chopped***
1/4 cup apple, minced***

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Spray 9x7 pyrex with nonstick spray.

Mix oats, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, flaxseeds and cinnamon in a bowl. Next, add honey and water. Mix until moistened. Fold in cranberries and apple pieces or other fruit.



Press mixture into your pyrex dish. Bake for 20 minutes.


Cool. Then, cut your granola bars!


***You can substitute other fruits here. You can also use dried cranberries. I opted to use fresh because we happened to have some that needed to be used up.

These granola bars are really easy and super delicious! I wasn't sure how I would like the wheat germ. I have never added it to a recipe before! However, it worked really well with the flour and honey to bind the oats and the cranberries. These granola bars are yummy without the junk!

6 comments:

  1. I've made a similar recipe-I put the craisins that noone would eat in it. They were pretty good granola bars! I like the idea of using fresh cranberries. I may have to pick some up and try this!

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    1. I almost put the craisins in. However, I had the fresh ones around and no extra sugar is always a plus! I think cherries would work, too!

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  2. i am definitely going to try these out.. i just tried making healthy version of blondies today and they are a hit with the kids:) now next up for them - cranberry granola bars..
    came here via Monday Mingle and following you via GFC now.. do hop on over to my blog when you can..

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    1. We are working on being smarter about our recipes and making them healthier. Often, if you do it right, they taste better!

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  3. Yum! Looks like the perfect substitute for our quick mornin' poptarts! Got your comment over @ Busy, Young, Single Momma Sanity", following you now via Google Reader:)

    Look forward to future posts from you!

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