Granola Bars

Friday, May 4, 2012

Low Calorie Granola BarsKimberley K. Eggleston

You may think that granola bars make a great, quick snack. But, have you ever looked closely at the nutrition label of some popular commercial brands? Often they are loaded with sugars, oftentimes chocolate, and not much in the way of fiber and other nutrients. This recipe for homemade low calorie granola bars is a terrific alternative. The ingredients are wholesome, healthy, and will leave you feeling full and healthy! Make up a batch and store them in an airtight container. Grab one as you need over the next week.

Prep Time: 10?minutes

Cook Time: 25?minutes

Total Time: 35?minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp wheat germ
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt


1. To begin, preheat your oven to 325°F

2. Next, place 1/2 cup of the rolled oats in a blender or food processor. Process for five to ten seconds, until the oats are ground into a course powder. Set aside.

3. Coursely chop the raisins just so that they are in slightly smaller pieces. Set aside.

4. Now you will mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Combine the rolled oats, the processed oats, the almonds, raisins, wheat germ, salt, and brown sugar. Then, in a separate dish, whisk the egg and egg whites with a fork, and add the maple syrup and vanilla. Pour the egg mixture over the oat mixture, and combine well with a spoon.

5. Coat an 8x11 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Use the back of a large spoon, or you fingers to press the oat mixture firmly and evenly into the pan.

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges of the granola patty become lightly browned. Allow to cool for five minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, cut the patty into twelve equal bars.

Makes twelve bars

Per Serving (one bar) Calories 161, Fat 4.6 grams, Protein 5 grams, Carbs 27 grams, Fiber 3 grams

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