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Homemade Granola Bars

Monday, April 27, 2015

I have an enormous sweet tooth that I do my best to placate without derailing myself from my health and fitness goals. I love the convenience of granola bars as a tasty snack, especially with a nice cup of espresso. I've been working off of the following recipe for the past several months to make my own and love the flexibility of the ingredients that I can use and how easily this comes together:

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In my latest batch, I used almond butter instead of peanut butter, increased the nut butter and honey to 1/3 cup each, used 12 dates, 24 almonds, one tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and the seeds from 12 cardamom pods, which I think adds an amazing flavor. I toasted my oats ahead of time and have found I generally prefer them that way. As suggested in the original recipe, these are much less likely to crumble if you stick them in the freezer for about 15 minutes before cutting them up. In the past, I've used different nut butters, nuts, raisins or mini chocolate chips and added vanilla extract. I love that each batch is unique and that I can modify them according to what I've got on hand and the flavors that I'm craving at the time.

Here's a picture of one of the bars from my latest batch:


And here's a shot from a previous batch that included pistachios, almonds and raisins:


The nutritional breakdown of my latest batch is as follows for 1/12 of the pan:

155 calories
23g carbs
3g fiber
3g protein
7g fat

Yes, you can find a wide variety of granola bars in the supermarket that have fewer calories, but I like knowing exactly what's in mine and being able to put in whatever I feel like at the time. And they're delicious!
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