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Grab & Go Granola Bars

Makes 12 Servings (12 Bars)
You may never buy store-bought granola bars again after you make this amazing home-made version.

1 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats o 1 cup spoon-size shredded wheat cereal

1 cup walnuts

1½ cups dried fruit (choose one or more of the following: dried plums/prunes, raisins, cherries, apricots, cranberries)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt o 2 large eggs

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil or coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place the oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped (the fruit should be the size of a dried pea or lentil).
  3. Whisk together the eggs, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add the oat mixture and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan, and flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula. 5. Bake about 18 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown. Let cool completely in pan before slicing into twelve 2 x 2½- inch bars.

TIP: These bars freeze really well. So, if you have leftovers, wrap individual portions in plastic baggies or aluminum foil and freeze.


Nutrition Information per Serving (1 Bar): 200 calories, 9g fat (1.5g saturated, 0.9g omega-3), 30g carbohydrate, 115mg sodium, 3g fiber, 4g protein