Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These quick and easy, not-too sweet toasty bars are family and kid-friendly. Easy to make, with just a few ingredients, these granola bars can be made ahead to enjoy for breakfast, in lunches or as an easy delicious snack.

4 cups quick cooking oats

1/3 cup canola oil

2/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped organic nuts (optional)

 

Preheat over to 350⁰.

Spread oats on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes, stirring a couple of times.

Allow oats to cool to room temperature.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Add cooled oats and stir until mixed completely.

Spread mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish that has been sprayed or oiled.

Press down hard to compact it.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool completely and cut into bars.

Makes 16 bars.

 

Nutrition

Without chopped nuts:  Per serving (42g-wt.): 180 calories (70 from fat), 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 3g protein, 27g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium.

With chopped nuts:  Per serving (50g-wt.): 230 calories (110 from fat), 13g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 4g protein, 28g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium.

Adapted from www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Quick and easy, naturally sweetened with honey, uses just a few ingredients, can vary the flavor by adding different ingredients like dried fruit – cranberries, raisins, cherries, great for breakfast or an easy snack, crunchy or chewy by varied baking times, a healthy alternative to pre-packaged power bars or granola bars

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