Nutty Chocolate Granola Bars
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.Advertisement
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.
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.
1 1/2 fat, 1 other carbohydrate, 1/2 high-fat protein, 1/2 starch