Jamie says: The day finally came… I made my first granola bars!
I’ve wanted to make granola bars for a while now. I think the inspiration came during a beach walk for diabetes with dietitians from my local dietetic association. We were talking about food and recipes. (Are you surprised?) I woke up early this morning and bam- got bakin’ in the kitchen before work. I didn’t regret it one bit (or should I say bite)…
I was excited to see that the mix looked so pretty…
Before it’s cut, it looks like one gigantic granola bar!
It’s so fresh and the perfect combination of sweet and salty, soft and crunchy.
The wheat germ, oats, and ground flax seeds come make a great base, while the sesame seeds, peanuts, dark chocolate, and cranberries make great additions.
Chocolate Peanut Sesame Granola Bars
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (Quaker)
- 2/3 cup honey crunch wheat germ (Kretschmer)
- 3 packets (19.5 g) milled (ground) flax seed (Hodgson Mill’s Travel Flax)
- 1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds (AFC- Advanced Fresh Concepts)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (Craisins Original)
- 1/4 cup lightly salted cocktail peanuts (Planters)
- 1/2 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate morsels (Ghiradelli)
- dash sea salt
- 1/3 cup pure clover honey (Publix)
- 1/4 cup canola oil (Crisco)
- 1/3 cup trans fat free original buttery spread (Smart Balance)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a shallow 7 x 9″ baking dish with no stick cook spray.
- Mix first 8 dry ingredients (oats, wheat germ, milled flax seeds, sesame seeds, dried cranberries, peanuts, chocolate morsels, and sea salt) in a medium bowl.
- Mix wet ingredients (honey, canola oil, and buttery spread) in a small bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Press mixture into baking dish. Bake for 16 minutes. Allow to cool. Refrigerate. Cut into bars with a hard spatula. (If pieces come loose, press them back into bar.) Enjoy or freeze.
Servings: about 12
- Nutrition note: The base of this bar is not your typical “enriched flour” deal. The triple play of wheat germ, ground flax seeds and oats are your powerhouse here. Wheat germ adds vitamin E and folic acid; ground flax seeds (make sure their ground to get more nutrients) add omega 3s; and oats provide soluble fiber. The tasty mix-ins provide a nutrient boost, too.