Apricot-Sunflower Granola Bars

Apricot-Sunflower Granola Bars

1 Review
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2017

Easy to make at home, these nut-free granola bars can be adjusted to your taste preferences. Simply vary the add-ins to your taste, swapping 2 cups of any combination of small (or chopped) dried fruit, seeds and/or chocolate chips for the apricots and seeds in this version. We tested several sticky sweeteners, including maple syrup and honey, but found brown rice syrup held the bars together the best.

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  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried apricots ( ¼ inch)
  • ½ cup unsalted pepitas, toasted
  • ½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup brown rice syrup or light corn syrup
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra parchment hanging over two sides. Lightly coat the parchment with cooking spray.
  2. Combine oats, rice cereal, apricots, pepitas, sunflower seeds and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Combine rice syrup (or corn syrup), sunflower butter and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds (or heat in a saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute). Add to the dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined. Transfer to the prepared pan and firmly press into the pan with the back of a spatula.
  4. For chewier bars, bake until barely starting to color around the edge and still soft in the middle, 20 to 25 minutes. For crunchier bars, bake until golden brown around the edge and somewhat firm in the middle, 30 to 35 minutes. (Both will still be soft when warm and firm up as they cool.)
  5. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then using the parchment to help you, lift out of the pan onto a cutting board (it will still be soft). Cut into 24 bars, then let cool completely without separating the bars, about 30 minutes more. Once cool, separate into bars.
  • To make ahead: Individually wrap airtight and store ar room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 granola bar
  • Per serving: 152 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 21 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 26 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 199 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 20 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 58 mg sodium; 230 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, ½ other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Reviews 1

November 01, 2017
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By: Jennifer Kleffner
Made with brown rice syrup, and made my own sunflower seed butter by mixing 1/2 cup sunflower seeds in a food processor and then adding a touch of oil until it was the consistency of a nut butter. Not as sweet as I expected. I'll be working my way through the other bar recipes from this issue. I might try the recipe with corn syrup instead. Brown rice syrup is actually MORE caloric, tablespoon to tablespoon, than corn syrup, and has a very high glycemic index, so not really any more nutritious unless you are avoiding fructose. Plus, possible arsenic issues with the rice, and its way more expensive.
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