Nutty Chocolate Granola Bars

Nutty Chocolate Granola Bars

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

These homemade granola bars—loaded with oats, almonds, peanut butter, and chocolate chips—are the perfect alternative to store-bought granola bars, which can be loaded with added sugars. Make them for a special occasion, or freeze a batch to enjoy for up to 3 months.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, chopped
  • ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ cup oat bran
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup chia seed powder or flaxseed meal
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In a shallow baking pan combine oats and almonds. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring twice; cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine peanut butter, honey, egg and canola oil. Stir in oat mixture and oat bran, almond meal, chia seed powder or flaxseed meal and salt until combined. Stir in chocolate pieces.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On prepared baking sheet shape oat mixture into a 6-inch square; cut square in half. Cut each half crosswise into 1-inch strips (12 bars total). Separate, leaving about 1 inch between bars.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bars are set and edges are light brown. Remove; cool on a wire rack. If desired, wrap individual bars with plastic wrap.
  • Tip: Store wrapped bars at room temperature up to 2 days or freeze in an airtight container up to 3 months.
  • People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 bar
  • Per serving: 221 calories; 13 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 24 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 12 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 63 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 46 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 105 mg sodium; 111 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ fat, 1 other carbohydrate, ½ high-fat protein, ½ starch

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