Do you ever find yourself too hungry to wait until your next meal, but just not hungry enough to eat a full meal without spoiling your appetite? Well granola bars are the perfect solution to your 4 o’clock craving.
We want to show you that food can taste great, and still be healthy and filling. One of the things we love about these fruit and nut granola bars is that they are so versatile. We chose our favourite combination of ingredients because we love the sweet and salty flavors, but there are so many easy changes you can make to keep your palette excited. For example, using dried pear instead of apple will give your granola bar a slightly sweeter touch.
Next time you’re leaving your kitchen for a long period of time, throw a Whole Grain Apple and Walnut Granola Bar into your purse or pocket. This recipe makes 20 bars, so do not be afraid to freeze some so you always have a quick on the go snack.
1 cup (250 mL) Rolled oats
3/4 cup (175 mL) Chopped dried apple
2/3 cup (150 mL) Walnut pieces
1/3 cup (75 mL) Dry quinoa
1/3 cup (75 mL) Dried cranberries
3 tbsp (45 mL) Unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp (15 mL) Cinnamon
2 Ripe bananas, chopped
2 oz (60 g) Bittersweet chocolate, melted
Preheat the oven to 325F (160C). Place the oats, dried apple, walnuts, cranberries, cocoa powder and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until well combined with still chunky. Add the bananas and pulse until mixture comes together like dough.
Press the mixture into an 8-inch (2 L) nonstick cake pan lined with parchment paper that overhangs the edges. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned but still slightly soft. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Transfer the granola, using the parchment paper, to a cutting board. Cut into 10 bars. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Let stand until chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Test Kitchen Notes:
Try using dried pears instead of apple for a sweeter taste.