Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Homemade "Fit" Granola Bars Recipe


I have been hunting for a homemade granola bar recipe that wasn't chock full of sugar, sugar, sugar. This recipe using some sweet alternatives like light pancake syrup and Stevia, but besides those ingredients and of course a bit of peanut butter, these bars fit my bill. I love the mixture of healthy cereals and the options of healthy add-ins. These bars could be as nutrient-rich as you want! I like using Aldi's verion of Kashi Go Lean Cereal along with the Aldi version of Fiber One. High fiber, high protein, and low sugar cereals. 

Homemade "Fit" Granola Bars Recipe
recipe slightly adapted from dashingdish.com
Makes 12 granola bars

1 cup rice cereal
1 cup bran/flake ("Go Lean") cereal
1 cup all bran ("Fiber One") cereal
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup baking stevia OR 6 packets Splenda or other sweetener
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt 
3/4 cup light pancake syrup (or 1/2 cup honey)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp chocolate chips
Optional Variations: white chocolate chips, dried fruit, sliced almonds, cocoa powder, raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

Melt peanut butter in the microwave. 

In a zippered bag, combine rice cereal, bran/flake cereal, and all bran cereal and use a rolling pin to lightly crush the cereal. Transfer to a large mixing and add in oats, coconut, sweetener, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in syrup and peanut butter until evenly distributed. Stir in chocolate chips. 

Coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and press the mixture evenly in to the pan. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut into 12 even granola bars. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes for chewy bars, or turn off the oven and return pan to the oven for 15-45 minutes for crunchy bars. 

Once cooled completed, wrap bars individually in plastic wrap for easy lunches or snacks. Keep in an airtight container.

130 calories if cut into 12 bars. 

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