Healthy Recipes

Granola "Muffin" Bars

Make your own high-protein energy bars at home with this easy, delicious recipe. The dried fruits, seeds, and whole grains in this homemade energy bar can power you through a workout, commute, or a flagging afternoon.

Granola "Muffin" Bars
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Ingredients: 

2 cups rolled oats
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup roughly chopped unsalted roasted peanuts
2 teaspoons flaxseed, ground
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ cup dried blueberries
¼ cup roughly chopped dried Bing cherries
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Muffin paper cups

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.

2. Line muffin tin with paper cups.

3. Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, and almonds on baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and place in a large bowl.

4. Reduce heat to 325˚F.

5. Add peanuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ground ginger, dried fruit, and salt to the oat mixture. Stir to combine.

6. In a small bowl whisk the maple syrup, canola oil, and vanilla extract together. Add to oat mixture and stir to combine.

7. Fill each muffin cup to the top and press down with the back of a spoon to compress the mixture.

8. Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes until slightly brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing from muffin tin. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Nutritional facts: 

Per serving: 228 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated), 26 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein, 4 g fiber, 52 mg sodium (2% Daily Value).

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