Healthy Homemade Granola Bars!

  May 23, 2014  |    Blog>Recipes

If you’re like most people, you are always on the hunt for a delicious and healthy snack that staves off hunger, keeps you satisfied and gives you an energy boost and at the same time that won’t pack on the pounds. Well we’ve got a some ideal solutions for you! We’re going to start hooking you up with some healthy, wholesome and easy snacks to make all on your own – all summer long! First up is Homemade Granola Bars – easy to make and so scrumptious to eat.

Homemade Granola Bars

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Homemade Granola Bars

Grab this on the way out the door with a nonfat Greek yogurt for added protein! (And if you’re going away for hours and can’t have the yogurt or anything perishable, check out the recipe below).

Serves: 16

Ingredients

2 large egg whites
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons raisins (or dried fruit of your choice), finely diced
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with 2 crisscrossed rectangles of parchment paper. You’ll want to leave at least a 2 inch overhang at 2 opposite ends of the pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix oats,, raisins and almonds.

3. Add oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon to a saucepan and heat over low heat. Whisk the ingredients together, for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved.

4. Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes. Then whisk in the egg whites.

5. Pour the mixture over the oats, almonds and raisins and mix to moisten them evenly.

6. Pour the mixture into the baking pan; smooth the top.

7. Bake approximately 30 minutes, until top is firm. Allow to cool 10 minutes. Using the paper to lift, pull the bars out of the pans. After cooling completely, cut into bars with serrated knife. Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts: 117 calories, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 29 mg sodium, 12 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 3 g protein

Heading out and can’t bring anything perishable?  Try this Granola bar recipe to bump up the protein for staying power!

Homemade Protein-Granola Bars

Serves 16

Ingredients:

2 large egg whites
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1-1/2 cups powdered non-fat milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons raisins (or dried fruit of your choice), finely diced
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Follow the same directions as above. Add the applesauce and powdered milk at the same time with the steps that involve the oats mixture.

Nutrition Facts: 172 calories, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 29 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 9 g protein

Enjoy!

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Healthy Homemade Granola Bars!
 
Grab this on the way out the door with a nonfat Greek yogurt for added protein! (And if you're going away for hours and can't have the yogurt or anything perishable, check out the recipe below).
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (or dried fruit of your choice), finely diced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with 2 crisscrossed rectangles of parchment paper. You’ll want to leave at least a 2 inch overhang at 2 opposite ends of the pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats,, raisins and almonds.
  3. Add oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon to a saucepan and heat over low heat. Whisk the ingredients together, for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes. Then whisk in the egg whites.
  5. Pour the mixture over the oats, almonds and raisins and mix to moisten them evenly.
  6. Pour the mixture into the baking pan; smooth the top.
  7. Bake approximately 30 minutes, until top is firm. Allow to cool 10 minutes. Using the paper to lift, pull the bars out of the pans. After cooling completely, cut into bars with serrated knife. Enjoy!!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 117 Fat: 7g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 12g Sugar: 8g Sodium: 29mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 3g

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