Revision of Granola Bars

I made a new batch of granola bars last night for Munchkie's Daddy to take to work with him.  I think that they turned out better this time and Munchkie's Daddy says he likes them better.  He's not a sweet person so when I buy him bars he usually doesn't like them because they are so sweet.  He also said that they were very filling and held him over until lunch today, he wasn't hungry by 10:30 like he usually is.  I guess that's a good thing!  So here is my revised recipe.  You can look here for my previous post with recipe and here for Katie of KitchenStewardship.com's recipe that I adapted.  The basic jist is that you need 1 cup flour, 4-4/12 cups oatmeal or comparable ingredients (quinoa, puffed rice, slivered almonds), you need a sweetener which I substitute 3/4 cup applesauce (only using 1/4 cup honey), and then 2 cups of "mix-ins" of your choice.  This last time I cut out the butter without a problem, I think because the quinoa is so moist. You can use all kinds of things for mix-ins, coconut, chocolate, any kind of dried fruit or nuts, whatever sounds good to you.

1 cup oatmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup puffed rice cereal
1 cup dry quinoa
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup dry cranberries
2 cups water
3/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

  1. Preheat oven to 325 and lightly grease a 9x13 pan
  2. Cook the 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water as directed on package.
  3.  I crushed up the slivered almonds in a ziplock bag until they were crumbs and little pieces.
  4. Mix together applesauce, honey, vanilla, baking soda.
  5. Add oatmeal, flour, quinoa, almonds and then puffed rice.
  6. Last add the "mix-ins"- cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
  7. Press the mixture into the pan, pressing firmly with your hands to ensure it is tightly in the pan.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until light brown on top.
  9. Let sit for 10 minutes
  10. After 10 minutes, cut into 20 Quaker Chewy granola bar size
  11. Do not take out of pan until completely cooled.
  12. Store in an airtight container.
And drum roll-
Nutrition facts:
Serving size 1 bar, servings per batch 20
Calories 141
Fat: 5.1g
Saturated Fat 0.6g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 66g
Total Carbohydrates 20.5g
Dietary Fiber 2.3g
Sugars 4.9g
Protein 4.5g

Not so bad!

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