Healthy Homemade Granola Bar

Healthy homemade granola bars

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Packing healthy for outdoor activities can often be tricky. Many portable snack-like foods found in grocery stores are high in sugar and fat. Instead of choosing a sugar-laden granola bar, try this delicious healthy recipe. Healthy granola bars are a great addition to any outdoor activity; they are easy to pack, a great nutritional choice, and definitely a crowd pleaser.

Makes 24 granola bars

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 cups puffed wheat
  • 3/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup sun flower seeds
  • 1/2 cup crushed almonds
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 8oz dried fruit (e.g. raisins, cranberries, apricots, apples, dates, figs, etc.)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400’F
  2. Mix the oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, almonds, and walnuts in a baking dish with sides. Toast them in the oven for 10-13 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent mixture from burning.
  3. Line an 11×13″ baking dish with parchment paper.
  4. Put the brown sugar, honey, butter, cinnamon, and vanilla into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
  5. Place the oat mixture in a large bowl and add the puffed wheat and brown sugar, honey mixture over the oat mixture. Mix everything REALLY WELL because you want to make sure the oat mixture is completely coated.
  6. Pour/scoop the mixture into the lined baking dish and spread it out using a wooden spoon or spatula. Take another piece of parchment paper and spread it over the pan. Press hard all over the mixture (you want to compact the mixture so that your bars will not fall apart when you cut them).
  7. Wait 2-3 hours until the granola has completely cooled. Take off the parchment paper and cut into 24 bars.
  8. Enjoy!

NOTE: Granola bars can be wrapped and stored in the freezer for up to 1 month

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories (kcal) 141 Protein (g) 3.3
Carbohydrates (g) 21.3 Fat (g) 5.5
Sugar (g) 9.6 Potassium (mg) 109
Fibre (g) 2.5 Sodium (mg) 50