Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Good Morning, Sunshine!

One of the main health initiatives that we've been trying to focus on is cutting down on refined sugar, and trying to reduce our sugars overall.  I was shocked to learn that my beloved Nature Valley Granola Bars (and essentially all granola bars in the grocery store) are just glorified candy bars!!  I was literally angry when I was looking at the label the other night!  I really do not understand how they're able to market that junk as healthy!

This in combination with the fact that I'm still not eating much of a breakfast in the morning, I took on making my own granola bars!  I figure this way I will know what's in them, and they're the perfect grab and go breakfast food.  This morning I tossed a granola bar, an apple and an orange in my purse and was off!

Here are the goods!

One cup whole wheat flour, 2 cups rolled oats

1/2 Cup Powdered Skim Milk

This is the money shot... I *heart* honey!

My new best friend, the flax seed

Variety mix of pumpkin seeds, almonds, and raisins 

The earth's candy...  Dried red currents, apricot, pineapple papaya and raisins

Chopped and saved 1/2 for the next batch. 

All the yummies mixed up and ready to go!


Just ready to go in the over!!  They already smelled SOO good!  

The good stuff!!  There are no pictures of me dipping the bars cause I was WAY too wrapped up in how heavenly it was!!  :) 

Voila!!  Easy Peasy!!  This batch made 16 bars, which is perfect to last Jon and I through 1 week... giving us each one bar a day with a little wiggle room!  :)  

And here's the recipe!  The cross outs are what the recipe called for, and I substituted for, or eliminated.

2 Cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dry skim milk powder
6 Tbsp sugar    2tsp honey
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup flax seed
1/2 cup dates snipped in small pieces
1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple, apricot etc.
1/2 tsp cinnamon  1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup shelled pumpkin or sunflower seeds
pinch of salt
1/2 cup oil  (I used sunflower seed oil, but evoo would be fine too if that's all you have handy)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350 F.  Grease glass baking dish.

Combine all ingredients except chocolate.  Pat into the pan with moist hands.  Bake for 30 minutes until lightly browned around the edges.  Cut while still hot, but let cool completely before taking out of the pan.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave on high for 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir the chocolate.

I've wrapped mine individually with cellophane, and put them in a zip lock in the fridge so they're super easy to grab and go!  No fuss!!  No muss!!  Enjoy!  


  1. These look super yummy... i'm going to have to try them. I love granola bars but don't usually buy them because we try to stay away from a lot of the preservatives in them!

  2. YUMMY!!!! Way to go girl!!! I like the idea of dipping them in chocolate :-) I'll have to do that for my next batch!

  3. you are so cute :)

  4. Heather Lowe10:09 AM

    Arpita was so kind as to bring me one at work and they really are awesome. Great combination of chewy but nice sweet flavour with the dried fruit. I admit I MAY just make them myself at some point but for now I'll just keep bumming them off of you! I loved them and I'm not a big granola fan. Yay!

  5. They look great! Wish I could try one :)