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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Fruit Dark Chocolate and Almond Granola Bars
Nuts..Chocolate...Fruits..all in one granola bar! Its a nutritious low fat snack to relish on. The store brought Granola bars are packed with sugar usually corn syrup is used as a sweetener and binder ,but i'm using a natural sweetener and an organic egg as a glue for the bars. These are perfect to go snacks or even to go breakfast.
2cups cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup Almonds or Pecans
1/4 cup Pure honey or 1/2 cup agave nectar(natural sweetener)or 3/4 cup Splenda(artificial sweetener)
2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dried fruit, any combination of apricots, cherries or blueberries
1/4 cup Dark chocolate coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 Organic Egg
To make this Healthy Snack
Preheat the oven to 325F.
Place the oats and nuts on a cookie sheet,toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally. Transfer them in a mixing bowl and let cool for few minutes. Mix in the chopped chocolate ,cinnamon and flour
Whisk the egg in another bowl and stir in the the honey,Olive oil and salt. Add the egg mixture to the oat mixture. Spread the mixture on the baking dish(9x8 inches) lined with Aluminum foil .Press down evenly distributing the mixture. Bake for about 25-30minutes. Cool; cut into bars with a lightly oiled knife.