Chewy, Nutty, Healthy Granola Bars

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Chewy, nutty, chocolaty, and packed with tasty energy, no one will ever know these bars are low-fat and healthy! They're very easy to make and you can pack in everyone's favorite nuts and fruits. My family has now stopped buying Kashi® and chewy bars because we love these so much. These are gluten-free when made with rice flour and appear to be professionally made thanks to the small spoonful of corn syrup that keeps everything tightly combined and gives the bars a nice shine. Have fun experimenting with different combinations of nuts, dried fruits, and toppings! Almond butter works well, too!

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • cup peanut butter

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 ⅔ cups old-fashioned oats

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup unsalted peanuts

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (Optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.

  2. Stir peanut butter and melted butter together in a bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar, honey, corn syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt; stir. Mix applesauce into peanut butter mixture.

  3. Combine oats and flour in a bowl; toss to coat oats with flour. Stir peanuts and raisins into oat mixture. Pour peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture; stir to coat completely. Spread mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and continue baking until chocolate melts and edges begin to brown, about 5 minutes more. Spread melted chocolate chips with the back of a spoon or a rubber spatula to coat the top. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Cook's Notes:

You can use whole wheat flour or rice flour instead of the all-purpose flour.

You can use any nuts or dried fruit in place of the peanuts and raisins.

If using Craisins(R) instead of raisins, consider cutting the amount of brown sugar slightly.

For a larger flavor, use 6 tablespoons of melted butter. You can also substitute canola oil for the butter.

If wrapped in plastic wrap or in baggies, these will keep in the fridge for 1 1/2 to 2 weeks and can be frozen for a month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
12g Fat
32g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 221mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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