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Monday, November 7, 2011

Homemade Snacks

I love reading health magazines, I especially love the tasty and healthy recipes that many of the magazines feature. Usually these recipes are torn out of their magazines, placed into an unorganized folder aka the black hole of recipes!   This particular recipe was saved from the black hole of recipes!  These homemade granola bars remind me of my baked oatmeal only thinner.  The smell that filled the kitchen was delicious, sweet cinnamon, oats and brown sugar.  Nothing better then having something sweet in the oven!  The great thing about these granola bars is most of the stuff you probably have in your pantry right now, I made a few substitutions to my liking but they turned out great!  These bars will be the perfect addition to my healthy snack drawer at work!

Homemade Granola Bars
Adapted from Women's Health, November 2011

1 Cup Pecans
1/2 Cup Walnuts
(I used Walnuts and Pecans in place of Soy Nuts and Pumpkin Seeds)
1 1/2 Cup Quick Cooking Oats 
1/2 Cup Nonfat Dry Milk 
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar 
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 
1 Egg 
1 1/2 Cups Plain nonfat Greek Yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla 
1 Cup Craisons and Raisons (instead of dried cherries)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
In a food processor combine your walnuts and pecans.  Roughly Chop.
Combine your chopped nuts, oats, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
In a small bowl whisk your egg, yogurt, and vanilla together.
Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients.  
Stir to combine, now add your craisons and raisons.  
Pour batter into a 13x9 greased baking dish and bake for 25 min.
Cut into 15 equal bars.  
You can keep these bars wrapped individually in plastic wrap for up to three months!  To me these are way tastier then any store bought granola bar, so go make them right now!
Enjoy and remember to live Happily Ever Healthy!

Do you stock your desk at work with healthy snacks?