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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 16
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 160.7
  • Total Fat: 6.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 31.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 24.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g

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Homemade Fruit & Nut Granola Bars

Submitted by: BRYNWRITES4FOOD
Homemade Fruit & Nut Granola Bars

Introduction

Better than store-bought, these granola bars include healthy almonds, whole grain, natural sweeteners and a touch of fruit. Better than store-bought, these granola bars include healthy almonds, whole grain, natural sweeteners and a touch of fruit.
Number of Servings: 16

Ingredients

    3 Tbsp. almond, peanut or soy butter
    2 Tbsp. honey
    4 Tbsp. agave nectar
    3 Tbsp. brown sugar
    1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cups puffed wheat, kamut or rice cereal
    1/2 c. Grape Nuts cereal
    1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
    1/2 cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped
    1/4 cup flaxseed
    1/4 cup sunflower seeds
    1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots, apples)

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Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, so that the paper overhangs on opposite sides (to make removing the bars easy).

In a small saucepan, combine nut butter, honey, agave nectar, brown sugar and vanilla. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently, until the brown sugar dissolves and the nut butter is incorporated smoothly into the mixture.

In a large bowl, combine puffed wheat (or rice or kamut), oats, Grape Nuts, chopped almonds, flaxseed, sunflower seeds and dried fruit. Pour 1/2 of the warm honey mixture over the oat mixture and use a rubber spatula to combine. Pour the remaining honey mixture over the oat mixture and continue stirring with the spatula until the mixture is thoroughly blended. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and use the spatula to press the mixture firmly.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the granola bars are golden brown all over. Remove the pan from the oven and again use the rubber spatula to press down on the mixture. Let the bars cool completely in the pan, then use the overhanging parchment paper to lift them out of the pan. On a cutting board, use a sharp knife to cut 16 pieces. Wrap and keep air-tight for a week. Granola bars can also be wrapped and stored in a plastic bag in the freezer for several months.

Serving Size: makes 12 bars





TAGS:  Snacks | Snack | Snacks Snack |

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  • Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I made changes due to food allergies in my family, but it still turned out really well. I don't expect granola to be low in carbs, so I wasn't surprised or disappointed by the count or cals in this recipe. Easy to modify if folks want to up the protein or cut the carbs. Thanks for posting! - 8/3/12

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  • 10 of 17 people found this review helpful
    Seems a little high in calories for a snack and really high in carbohydrates. I would love to see a version closer to 100 Calories and 15-20g carbohydrates (without just making it 16 bars instead of 12). - 8/2/12

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe and easy to follow. Any snack under 200 calories is a winner. I don't see what the big deal is with the amount of carbs. The last time I checked, my body needed the carbs and this was mainly the type of carbs I should be consuming along with the fiber. Also, its easy to add more protein - 1/18/13

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This tastes AMAZING! Love it! My family especially likes it with dried cherries! But here's a hint, the granola MUST cool COMPLETELY or it will all fall apart! In order to cut it into bars it HAS to cool. Didn't think it was so important and just had a giant pile the first time. - 11/5/12

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    These are so terrific! I used all honey because I don't use agave syrup; they came out fine. - 8/20/12

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  • Bad
    5 of 23 people found this review helpful
    way too high in simple carbs! hardly any protein! come on, you can post a better bar! - 8/3/12

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Love them! I use a high fiber, high protein grain instead of Grape Nuts. I don't expect this to be low carb. They must COOL COMPLETELY to avoid crumbling so we refrigerate them after cooling on stove 15 mins. They're a staple now. We change up the fruit and/or nut butter flavors, too. - 2/1/13

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    A little carby, but that is pretty normal for granola. I made mine w/ dried cranberries & golden raisins. Taste is good, but didn't stay together very well. Would probably taste good on greek yogurt for a mini meal & that would help with the protein quota. - 8/27/12

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  • 1 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Seems like a lot of sugar content and carbs. - 11/11/12

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Looks like a very small bar for such high calories. I would want two - 10/28/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I would omit the brown sugar and agave, just use a tad bit of honey which is not a trigger for me. I have been a sugar addict all my life and now I am sugar free for almost twenty months. Not about to sabotage myself now, but sounds great. I will try them without the added sugar. Thanks - 10/14/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    These were easy to make. I used Uncle Sam's cereal in place of the rice/puffed wheet. Lightly sweet very tastey. I will be making these again soon. - 9/23/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I luv these, they sound just perfect. - 9/17/12

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    how about substitute agave with apple sauce? Will try then report... - 9/17/12

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  • please verify whether this granola bar recipe makes either 12 or 16 servings, recipe states both?? - 9/30/14

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  • THis sounds so yummy and easy to make. Cant wait to give it a try! - 8/26/14

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for a good recipe!! - 8/4/12

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