Are you looking for a healthy homemade granola bar recipe?
Here’s a great one with only 4 WW Points+.
This recipe makes delicious soft and chewy healthy granola bars (or energy bars) full of oats, dried fruit, and whole grains.
They are not overly sweet – just lightly sweetened with the natural goodness of maple syrup – my favorite natural sweetener.
Try them once and I think you’ll want to make them again and again.
Not only are they healthy and delicious, they are easy as pie to make. They make an awesome in lunchbox treat and they also freeze well. I like to wrap individual bars in plastic wrap and place them in a zipper lock freezer bag so I can grab one when I need a snack.
If you love exercise and outdoor activities these homemade granola energy bars will keep you going for hours.
This recipe makes a cake-like soft and chewy granola/energy bar.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
- ½ cup toasted wheat germ
- ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
- ½ cup dried apricots
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup dried pitted dates
- ½ cup raw almonds
- ½ cup nonfat dry milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Place oats, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, flour, fruit, almonds, dry milk, and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until everything is roughly chopped. Add maple syrup and eggs and pulse until everything is well blended.
- Spread the thick batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack on for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Cut bars into 20 bars.
- Once they are completely cool, you can store these fruity, nutty, chewy, healthy granola bars in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Source: This healthy granola bars recipe adapted from The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger.
My Cooking Tips and Use What You Have Variations:
- Don’t overbake or they can get dry.
- Use whatever combination of dried fruit and nuts that you like best.
- I sometimes add a mashed banana or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce for a little extra moisture.
Links to more granola bar recipes around the web:
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Free Granola Bar Recipes Ebook – A collection of granola bar, granola cookie and granola recipes
Great Granola Bar Recipe – a great chewy crunchy granola bar with wonderful taste and texture
Homemade Granola Recipe – my favorite granola made with maple syrup
*PointsPlus® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.