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.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Recipe Summary

active:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a shallow baking pan combine oats and almonds. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring twice; cool.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Tips

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 Facts

221 calories; protein 6.6g 13% DV; carbohydrates 24.2g 8% DV; dietary fiber 3.6g 14% DV; sugars 12.8g; fat 12.7g 20% DV; saturated fat 2.7g 14% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 62.5IU 1% DV; vitamin c 0.3mg 1% DV; folate 12.5mcg 3% DV; calcium 45.8mg 5% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 52.1mg 19% DV; potassium 111mg 3% DV; sodium 104.8mg 4% DV.