Light n’ Fit Granola Bars

A wholesome alternative to storebought (and sugar-laden) granola bars, my granola bars are low in added sugars and full of fibre, which helps to prevent blood sugar fluctuations (which cause low energy!). Substitute or add other seeds, nuts or dried fruit (e.g., dried cranberries, currants, unsweetened flaked coconut) to create a “custom” granola bar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup whole grain flour (e.g., whole wheat, spelt, oat, brown rice)
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup high-fibre bran cereal (e.g. Nature’s Path Flax Plus) OR ½ cup oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, flaxseed, cereal and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, whisk egg, applesauce and maple syrup.
  3. Add wet ingredients to oat mixture; stir to combine. Mix in raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chocolate chips. Spoon mixture into pan, pressing down firmly with hands to help spread evenly. (Wet hands slightly to prevent sticking.)
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until bars are firm and lightly browned around edges. When cool, use edges of parchment paper to lift bars from pan. Slice into squares or bars.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Makes 16 2” squares. 

Tip: To boost the protein content even more, swap the flour for ¼ cup chocolate or vanilla protein powder, such as Isapro.

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