|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||7%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
You may think that commercial granola bars make a great, quick snack. But, have you ever looked closely at the nutrition label of some popular brands? They are often loaded with sugars and chocolate and not much in the way of fiber and other nutrients.
Making your bars and skipping the processed stuff is a far better option. This recipe for homemade low-calorie granola bars is a terrific alternative. The ingredients are wholesome, healthy, and better yet, will leave you feeling full. Plus, making your own granola bars lets you be in control of what goes into them. If you don't care for raisins, try adding diced dried apricots or cherries. If you have walnuts laying around but not almonds, go ahead and switch them out. Or if you like cinnamon, try adding a teaspoon to the recipe. The possibilities are endless.
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
In a blender or food processor, place 1/2 cup of the rolled oats. Process for 5 to 10 seconds until the oats are ground into a coarse powder. Set aside.
Coarsely chop the raisins into slightly smaller pieces. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the rolled oats, processed oats, raisins, almonds, brown sugar, wheat germ, and salt.
In a separate dish, whisk the egg and egg whites with a fork.
Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
Pour the egg mixture over the oat mixture and combine well with a spoon.
Coat an 8- by 11-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Use the back of a large spoon or your fingers to press the oat mixture firmly and evenly into the pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges of the granola patty become lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool for 5 minutes in the pan.
Turn the granola out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cool, cut the patty into 12 equal bars. Store or serve immediately, and enjoy.
How to Store Homemade Granola Bars
Store the granola bars in an airtight container with a piece of wax paper between layers. They'll keep for up to a week. Or you could make a double batch and eat one batch this week and freeze the rest to take out for next week. Grab one as you are running out the door for a satisfying snack.