DIY Flax Seed Granola Bars
IntroductionThis recipe is simple to make, and a great way to make a healthy granola bar that isnít loaded with sugar. Kids and adults alike love these Omega-3 rich granola bars. This recipe is simple to make, and a great way to make a healthy granola bar that isnít loaded with sugar. Kids and adults alike love these Omega-3 rich granola bars.
1 1/3 cup oats
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/3 cup almonds or walnuts, chopped
1 cup dried fruit, such as apricots and goji berries
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons honey
ľ cup grape seed or sunflower oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Ĺ teaspoon salt
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Spread the oats, flax seeds and almonds out on a baking tray. Toast the ingredients in the oven for about 8 minutes, or until fragrant and the nuts are golden.
Meanwhile, pour the brown sugar, apple juice, honey, oil, vanilla and salt into a large pot and cook over medium heat. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes, until thick and syrupy. Remove from the heat and pour the remaining ingredients into the pot and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press it into the pan with a spatula. Work quickly; it will set up fast.
Allow the bars to cool for about 20 minutes. While they are still slightly pliable, cut the bars into 12 pieces and wrap tightly. Store the bars at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
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Not loaded with sugar? 4 sources of sugar in this recipe - dried fruit (many dried fruits are coated with sugar), brown sugar, apple juice & honey are all sugar. This recipe has about as much sugar as a candy bar. Flax seeds don't offer any benefit unless they're ground. - 4/23/16
This recipe is loaded with sugar and fat. I would not call it a good substitute at all. There are many bars that you can purchase that are healthier than this one. About 75 calories of the total 170 are from fat - more than the recommended 20 - 30 % from the American Heart Association. - 2/15/15