Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

My little sous-chef!

I find over and over again that snacking is an area where people continually fall down when trying to follow a healthier diet.

If you use a menu plan, mealtimes can be pretty simple. But, snacks are often a problem.

A solution to that is to plan your snacks also, not just your main meals.

I recently mentioned that I was speaking at a ladies meeting, and that evening I shared a snack recipe, which I think is delicious, easy and nutritious.

This recipe keeps really well in the fridge (up to 5 days), so it is a good one to make on the weekend, when you have a little time, then you enjoy throughout the week as a healthy snack option.

It’s also ideal for kids lunch boxes.

And, while I’m on the topic, it’s great for getting your kids involved in baking, too, as it’s really easy to include them when you make a simple recipe like this

Anyway, here is my recipe. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

MGF

**apologies for the stock image, I will update will an actual image of my granola bars next time I make them.

This recipe is very easy and fast to make, and what I really love is that it’s made in muffin cups, which means no fiddly cutting afterwards!

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole nuts (your choice, but I like to use almonds)
1 ½ cups dried fruits (for example cranberries, apricots and raisins)
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch cinnamon (add more if you like)
1/4 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1/2 cup nut butter
2 bananas, mashed

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, coarsely chop the nuts and dried fruits. Add to a bowl, then mix in the oats, vanilla, cinnamon, and seeds.
  3. Mix the nut butter and bananas until a paste forms, then add this to the other ingredients, and mix well.
  4. Spoon into lightly greased muffin cups, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden.

Makes about 18 bars.

What’s your favorite healthy granola bar recipe? Please share your recipe with us below…

Article source: http://www.dietriffic.com/2011/10/11/healthy-granola-bars/