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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 9
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 135.6
  • Total Fat: 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 160.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 30.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g

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Granola Breakfast Bars

Submitted by: TUESDAYS

Introduction

These healthy breakfast bars provide a respectable level of protein and fiber without a ton of calories. Best of all, they can be eaten on the run. Reconfigure the "additions" to suit your fancy.... or replace the Splenda with another sweetener if you're trying to stay "au natural." This is a base recipe that can be tweaked to your taste! These healthy breakfast bars provide a respectable level of protein and fiber without a ton of calories. Best of all, they can be eaten on the run. Reconfigure the "additions" to suit your fancy.... or replace the Splenda with another sweetener if you're trying to stay "au natural." This is a base recipe that can be tweaked to your taste!
Number of Servings: 9

Ingredients

    2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    5 tablespoons applesauce
    1/4 cup honey
    1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar
    1/2 cup additions

    Additions can be any combination of: raisins, dates, cranberries, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, etc.

    NOTE: The nutrition info for this recipe is figured with 1/2 cup craisins.


Directions

Preheat oven to 325. Grease an 8x8 pan.

Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Press mixture into pan. (Use a piece of wax paper on top and compact) Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 min, then cut into 9 bars. Cool completely before serving.

Can be wrapped in individual bars for a week of treats/breakfasts.

Can be doubled for 9 x 13 pan.


Number of Servings: 9

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user TUESDAYS.






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  • Very Good
    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
    I used craisins and unsalted almonds as my add in and it was really yummy. They are quite filling and taste sort of like oatmeal cookies. Will make again! - 2/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I liked this recipe because it is so basic and flexible -- I didn't have applesauce so I used canned pumpkin and it worked great! I added some crushed walnuts and craisins, and my husband loved them!! He brought them in to work and his coworkers are now asking for this recipe! Thanks! - 1/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Excellent Bars. I added 2 scoops of protein powder to up the protein. They are great for breadfast on the go or after a workout! Yum!!!! - 1/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I loved these (as did the husband). I think next time I'll add a little shredded coconut along with the craisins (so, 1/2 cup of each). Or, if I'm feeling particularly sinful, instead of the regular additional ingredients, I'll add some orange zest and dip the bottom of the bars in dark chocolate. - 1/3/10

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  • 7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I added homestyle applesauce which has chunks of apples in it and I also sprinkled some cinnoman on top before baking. It's in the oven now, hopefully is scrumptious! - 6/3/10

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I thought these were good but I made a double batch and didn't mix as good as I thought. Will definitely make again, but make two seperate batches instead of one huge one. My husband said he wouldn't like them then he tried one and now I think he likes it more than me. - 1/2/10

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Pretty good generally - better than regular granola bars, and more filling, with fewer preservatives. I put in 15 grams of coconut (70 cals) and one tablespoon of chopped pecans. One point -in the nutrition count, you list 1/2 c of craisins as having 180 cals, but my box says it comes to over 400. - 11/23/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Made a double batch of this recipe last night--for my 1 cup of addins, I used 1/4 c white chocolate, 1/4 c semi-sweet chocolate, and 1/2 c dried cranberries. I also used 1/4 c splenda and 1/4 c brown sugar as splenda gives me heart-burn quite often. AWESOME!!! Will definitely be making this again! - 12/31/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    These are very delicious, but you have to watch them carefully. I left them sit in teh oven a few minutes longer than what they recipe said, adn they came out dry and a little hard. Definately will make these again though. - 5/31/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Excellent recipe. My family and I loved these healthy bars. I don't plan on purchasing granola/cereal bars any more from the store. These were simple to make, and I like knowing EXACTLY what's in the foods I eat. - 5/23/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    These are GREAT!! I made them to eat at work since I have to be there at 7a.m. and need a healthier way to start the day. I didn't use any add's this time, but will next time - 3/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Wonderful for diabetics. Thank you - 11/4/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is a yummy recipe :) My daughters helped me make it. They chose dark chocolate chips & peanuts as our additions. I think they like it better than cake or brownies. We packed them in their school lunches for today too. I think we'll have to make a double-batch WEEKLY! - 5/1/09

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  • Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Good, substantial snack that keeps you going for a bit. I used a fairly strong tasting honey - frankly it overpowers it, so next time I'll use a lighter tasting one. - 9/3/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    WILL make these again. I used Stevia Plus along with Molasses and made my own apple sauce in the food processor with two apples with cranberries and walnuts - yum and satisfying. - 3/6/11

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I give five stars. These bars stay together, without crumbs all over you. They are not to sweet, and very healthy. And moist and chewy. Just the way we like them for the run. I have them in a zip lock bag. And On the counter. I made them Friday and Monday still very fresh. Thank you for the recipe, - 3/8/10

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    it took the second batch the second batch i stayed precise and used a cooking sheet with parchment paper at the bottom and flatened with wax sheet, scored it into squares. i did embelish with coconut, craisins, sunflower seeds the first time too much apple sauce, the second time fantastic tasting! - 1/19/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I'm trying this out this afternoon, with a sprinkling of 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds for little extra boost of nutrition. - 5/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love how easy these were to prepare and I like how they can be saved and eaten throughout the week! - 1/28/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    The 2 1/4 c oats listed in the recipe would amount to 1/4 c per serving vs .11 c listed in the nutrition info, increasing the calories by about 40. Otherwise, the bars have good flavor. I added an egg to help them stay together better and be more moist. My favorite is pumpkin with cinnamon chips. - 10/17/11

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    These are getting raves from my husband, daughter, and friends at the office! I added chunky peanut butter, almonds, walnuts, and craisins. Will add some cinnamon tonight. Filling and great with coffee in the morning. One of the best "grab and go" breakfasts! - 6/24/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    These were excellent- I added slivered almonds & raisins, plus a little cinnamon. Could use a little more spunk spice wise, so will do a healthier dose of cinnamon next go round. Oh yes, there will be another go at this these :) Very good!! - 1/10/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    these are great! - 10/29/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! Used almonds and chocolate chips... not quite sweet enough to reach the goal... probably better suited for fruit, but still good! - 5/8/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I replaced the applause with peanut butter and added chocolate chips to the top of half of the bars. When I took them out of the oven I spread the chocolate out so it covered the top of the bars. These are super filling and super delicious with or without the chocolate. My husband even loves the! - 3/25/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    They were great and easy to make my new favoorite snack - 1/15/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    love! - 10/31/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Really easy to make taste great reallu filling will make agaain
    - 8/26/08

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  • I loved this recipe! Very filling and satisfying. I added cranberries and sliced naked almonds (no salt/skins). I also added some cinnamon. This will be a regular recipe of mine! Love the natural ingredients. - 3/28/14

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  • This is great! We have been making our own granola bars for a while now, but these are the healthiest we've tried. This will definitely become a staple in our house! - 8/26/13

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  • I thought these were very good! I doubled the batch and made 1/2 with choc chips and half with dried apricots. Next time I make these I will use a bigger pan so that I can make them a little thinner. They are very chewy. Taking them camping with us! - 8/15/13

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  • Sounds yummy! - 6/11/13

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  • Very good and habit forming....We like - 6/8/13

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  • GOOD, but incorrectly put into the recipe calculator(I think). When I went to mod. my add ins, I see that the recipe is calculated based on 1 cup of oats, but you have listed 2 1/4 cups of oats. Both the calories and CARBS are higher - 5/25/13

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  • Outstanding recipe! Easy to make and delicious. Simply delicious. Kids love it and it is healthy for you! - 3/19/13

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  • super easy to make. Just waiting for them to come out of the oven and sharing with the family before I/we pronounce final judgement. I will likely be making them again, following some of the additions mentioned below. - 3/16/13

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  • I thought these were very good. I tried the recipe because I needed something that I could make ahead of time to take to work. I did not have any applesauce so I put in a chopped up banana instead and decreased the honey by half. - 12/28/12

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  • Very filling for such a small bar. Easy to make! - 11/23/12

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  • Very easy to make; tastes good! - 9/28/12

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  • could sub canned pumpkin - 6/25/12

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  • I will not use Splenda Brown Sugar because it has more calories than brown sugar. - 3/4/12

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  • These are delish! I made a double bacth and didn't have enough honey so I had to use syrup as well, but still tasted good. I don't think I baked them long enough because they do fall apart a bit to easily, but wonderful flavor and texture. Will definately make again! - 2/26/12

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  • I used pumpkin instead of applesauce, added chocolate protein mix, pumpkin pie spice and then half raisins and half white chocolate as extras...topped with flax seed and cinnamon. It is a great anytime snack and everyone loves it. - 2/11/12

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  • So simple and so good! Instead of Splenda brown sugar I added about 12 drops of pure liquid Stevia and about a 1/4 cp. unsweetened shredded coconut to make up the bulk. I added golden raisins, sunflower seeds, and a bit of cinnamon too. - 2/8/12

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  • I'm gonna give this recipe a try tomorrow morning :) - 11/27/11

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  • These were so good! I added slivered almonds and some mini choc chips (not a lot, less than 1/4 cup) because I had nothing else...I also added some vanilla protein powder, but otherwise made exactly as listed. Thanks for the great recipe! - 10/28/11

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  • This is my new favorite thing to make with my 9 year old daughter. This is our 2nd time making these and we add mini chocolate chips. She loves them, and I love knowing what's in them! Thanks. - 10/27/11

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  • This is a family favorite! - 10/6/11

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  • Too sweet for me. I will have to cut down on sweetner. Made today and added chopped raisins, dry cranberries and walnuts. Quick and easy recipe. - 10/6/11

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  • Absolutely delicious!!! I will never buy pre-made granola bars again!!! Thanks!!! - 10/4/11

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  • Looks great! Thank you! :)
    - 7/28/11

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  • love these bars - 7/14/11

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  • Yummy! Although NEXT TIME I will reduce the amount of Splenda Brown Sugar. I topped them with about 1/4 c Nestles semi-sweet mini morsels when they came out of the oven, and let them melt into great gooey-ness, then spreaded them around. Has anyone tried to make cookies out of this? - 6/21/11

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  • Added white chocolate chips and dried fruit cherries. - 6/19/11

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  • I love this recipe and make it frequently. - 6/19/11

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  • It's delicious with pomegranate craisins and chopped almonds and.. this is my 2nd time making them - 6/18/11

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  • These went together easily and they are quick. I substituted 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons of Agave nectar for the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. Turned out great; I'd like to find a granola bar recipe without flour, though. - 6/13/11

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  • I really love these bars - super easy and flexible - which I love! So far I have made: Chocolate chip and raisin, Almond and flaxseed, Chili Pumpkin seed, and Cinnamon!! all are great and keep for several days - 6/12/11

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  • I made these over a week ago and they've stayed good. I used plain brown sugar instead of Splenda, and added flax seeds, cinnamon and craisin. I think a little more cinnamon next time and maybe a tad more applesauce. - 6/11/11

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  • I found the bars to be dry and not very tastey. I was very excited to make them because of all the great reviews. I ate a couple and trew the rest away. - 6/7/11

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  • Awesome, my fussy grand kids love them!!!! - 6/3/11

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  • I love this recipe !! I make it all the time..good with yogurt for breakfast or to have on hand for a good snack.. - 6/1/11

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  • A little surprised by their chewiness, but they tasted great and were super easy to make! I can't wait to try some of the other suggestions for add-ins on here. I also love that you know EXACTLY what is going into them - no weird chemicals or preservatives! - 5/31/11

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  • i used raisins and pecans as i doubled the recipe; i didn't have splenda brown sugar so used half as much sugar and it was plenty sweet likely due to the honey. will add wheat germ next time to get the magnesium! - 5/28/11

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  • I don't usually copy many recipes, but I plan on making this one tonite with flaxseeds. Thanks - 5/26/11

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  • Very easy, and very tasty! I'll make again, changing up the additions so it doesn't get too boring. - 5/26/11

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  • fab! - 5/25/11

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  • can you add protein powder to this recipe to boost the protein content?
    - 5/24/11

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  • What a great bar and really fulling will defiantely make again!!! - 5/24/11

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  • a little bland with just walnuts, the choc. chip ones I made are quite good. Will definitely be trying with other mix-ins. Good quick breakfast or snack. - 5/24/11

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  • Pretty bland. Thinking about adding a little more honey next time. - 5/5/11

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  • made the mistake of using quick oats instead...not so good. My mistake. Will try recipe again using rolled oats. - 4/19/11

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  • love : ) - 3/31/11

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  • not too bad. i have a cold so my taste buds may be off. i think i might have been scared by some of the previous comments and under cooked mine a bit. i didn't have apple sauce, so i used pumpkin. i will make these again. - 3/27/11

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  • These are AMAZING!!!! - 3/14/11

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  • SO yummy!!!!!!!!! I made mine with about 1/4 cup raw unsalted almonds and a few chocolate chips so i had to adjust the calories quite a bit but it is SO WORTH IT!! - 3/11/11

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  • This is a winner--thanks! Ok, weird thing happened when I clicked on the baking soda that was a hot link in the recipe. Up popped an ad for Playtex drop ins. Not sure what that had to do with the recipe - 2/18/11

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  • Love this recipe Many thanks for sharing! - 2/12/11

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  • Its very good! I added a bit of wheat bran to up the fiber a bit! - 1/4/11

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  • Per Hubby's request, I added 1/4 c. Flax seed, 1/4 Dried Pineapple, and Walnuts. They are still baking, but smell delish. I should have doubled the recipe. When beginning, I did not notice it was only an 8 x 8 pan. - 11/20/10

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  • I made this and it was wonderful. I didn't have any honey so I used a little maple syrup. I plan on making another batch as soon as I can. - 11/8/10

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  • OMG! I added the zest of one orange, & 1/2 tspn almond extract, used frozen cranberries and currants as the add-in. It is so unbelievably good, can't believe it is health food. Will use this many times, and with many more variations. Added a tblspn of maple syrup too. - 11/2/10

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  • Sounds like a GOTTA make. Can you use quick oatmeal? My hubby ALWAYS buys the quick as he does the shopping and gets what HE likes. I'm handicapped so don't shop much. - 10/19/10

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  • So ... I didn't add sugar I 'replaced' Sugar with 2 tablespoons of Flavored Protein Powder to keep cals, and sugar down. I still think that the honey adds a lot of unessesary sugar .... i was going to try to change recipe to peanut Butter? What do you think? - 9/29/10

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  • These were very good. I added some cinnamon to give a bit more spice to these. I used raisins, coconut, and almonds as my add-ins. Very good...very filling! - 9/11/10

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  • i made it with some peanuts m&m s almonds cinnamon and cashews and it was ok........ i was verry filling and i was never hungry before lunch... one bar holds you off for lunch :):) - 9/5/10

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  • so yummy, I was amazed how good they turned out! - 8/24/10

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  • I made this exactly as the recipe said putting in dried cranberries instead of craisins. I bake it for 18 minutes and am thinking that I should have baked it longer or let it cool longer before cutting because the bars had a tendency to crumble. Two of my grandsons pronounced them "great." - 8/16/10

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  • Love it! Easy to add anything you want :) - 5/10/10

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  • I loved how easy they were to make. I needed an easy portable breakfast to eat on my way to work, and give to my daughter on school days when I'm running late. They turned out great, and my daughter said they were better than pop-tarts!! - 4/27/10

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  • I used Sugar Twin Brown sugar and it left an after taste. I will try this again with either Splenda or regular Brown Sugar. - 4/20/10

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  • I really like this recipe. I made the double batch and cut it into 2" squares for a quick snack. I used sunflowers, almonds and my homemade apple sauce (which already had sugar so I used less brown sugar). They are lovely! - 4/12/10

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    love this recipe thanks - 3/31/10

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  • I made this with apple butter because I didn't have applesauce or Splenda. I left out the honey to compensate for the extra sugar in the apple butter. It turned out okay--my kids liked them. - 3/30/10

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  • Love these! Very easy to put together.....this is the second time i made them & both myself and my husband love them. Nice & filling! I used craisins and cut up some dried apricots i had sitting in the fridge, came out great!!! - 2/27/10

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  • Really good - I liked them better the next day. I am coaching a team in a"biggest loser" challenge and I made them for a snack for them.. they loved them too! - 2/12/10

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  • Not very sweet. Made the recipe as is. Def healthier than store-bought. - 1/29/10

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  • This was great for a not so sweet breakfast. I added a little trailmix for a different taste. Thanks for sharing the recipe. - 1/13/10

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  • These were incredibly easy to make. They came out pretty soft, so I let them sit for quite awhile and then put them in the fridge. The bars are pretty big! I substituted real brown sugar for the splenda because its banned in Belgium, so it probably has some health risks. I will make these again! - 1/5/10

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    How long will these last and/or can they be frozen? - 1/3/10

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