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Low-Calorie Granola Bars a Good Snack Choice
Afternoon hunger strikes and you want to grab a healthy snack. You might think of granola bars as a nice choice but if you look at the ingredient label of many popular commercial brands, you will find that they are loaded with sugar, oil, and even chocolate! It almost seems that they are more of a dessert than a healthy snack.
How about enjoying a tasty granola bar without the extra, unhealthy ingredients? Make a batch of these tasty, low-calorie homemade granola bars. The ingredients are all natural including whole oats, dried fruit, pure maple syrup, and sliced almonds. Plus, they are really quite simple to throw together.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Gather Together the Ingredients
The first thing you need to do is gather the ingredients. For these low-calorie granola bars. You will need:
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- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons wheat germ
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 large whole egg
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
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Grind the Oats
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- Grind a part of the rolled oats into a sort of oat flour by placing 1/2 cup of the rolled oats in a blender or food processor. Process on high speed for about 5 to 10 seconds, until the oats resemble a coarse flour.
- Set the oat flour aside until it is time to combine all of the ingredients.
- Heat the oven to 325 F.
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Chop the Raisins
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- Use a sharp, large knife to coarsely chop the raisins. To do this, simply place the raisins on a cutting board and cut through the pile of raisins just a few times.
- If preferred, other types of dried fruit like dried apricots, dried cherries, dried cranberries or dried berries can be used in place of the raisins.
- A combination of several dried fruits to equal 3/4 cup also can be used.
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Combine the Ingredients
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- In a large bowl, combine the remaining 2 cups rolled oats, the 1/2 cup blended oat flour, the almonds, chopped raisins, brown sugar, wheat germ, and salt.
- In a small dish, combine the egg and the two separated egg whites using a fork to whisk the eggs lightly.
- Add the maple syrup and the vanilla to the egg mixture and combine well.
- Pour the egg mixture into the oat mixture and use a fork to combine the mixture until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.
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Press the Mixture into a Baking Dish
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- Coat a 10x8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the oat mixture into the pan.
- Use the back of a large spoon or your fingers to press the mixture firmly into the baking dish. Make sure that the mixture is evenly distributed in the pan.
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Bake the Mixture
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- Place the baking dish in the heated oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the edges of the granola bars begin to brown lightly.
- When the granola bars are finished baking, remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.
- Turn out what is now a baked patty onto a wire cooling rack, and allow it to cool completely.
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Cut into Granola Bars
Using a large, sharp knife, cut the patty in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into 6 strips, making a total of 12 granola bars. Store any granola bars that won't be served right away in an airtight container for up to one week.
Nutrition Facts per Serving: 161 calories, 4.6 g fat, 5 g protein, 27 g carb, 3 g fiber.