Baking: Cakes, Cookies, Muffins: Wholesome Granola Bars
For a lower fat snack, munch on these cherry granola bars.
Per serving: 148 calories, 4 g fat and 0 cholesterol.
Saves: 245 calories, 14 g fat and 34 mg cholesterol over regular granola bars!
Author: Cherry Marketing Institute - www.choosecherries.com
Date: December 27, 2012
Serves: 20 person(s)
Yield: 20 x bars
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Extra Time: 25 mins (for pre-toasting almonds and for cooling bars)
Granola bars, especially packaged ones, are notoriously high in calories, fat and/or sugar. Wholesome Granola Bars lower the calories, fat and cholesterol by replacing regular granola with low-fat, by reducing the shortening and nuts, and by using egg whites instead of whole eggs. Decreasing the added sugars and mixing in cherries makes these bars naturally good.
| Recipe Makeover|
1 1/2 cup low-fat granola (such as Healthy Choice Plain Granola)
1 cup uncooked quick or old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup dried tart cherries, deseeded
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
| Traditional Recipe|
2 1/4 cup regular granola
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shortening
2 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line the bottom and sides of an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan with foil. Lightly spray the foil with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Combine granola, oatmeal, cherries, flour, almonds, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together egg whites, honey, brown sugar and oil. Stir egg mixture into the cereal mixture, stirring until all is coated. Press mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bars are light brown. Let cool on a wire rack. Use foil to remove bars from pan. Let cool completely. Cut into bars.
|Calories:||148 cals||393 cals|
|Kilojoules:||620 kJ||1,645 kJ|
|Fat||4.0 g||18.0 g|
|Carbohydrates||25.6 g||54.0 g|
|Protein||3.3 g||5.0 g|
|Cholesterol||0.0 mg||34.0 mg|
|Sodium||24 mg||142 mg|
|Saturated Fat||1.0 g||5.0 g|
|Fiber||2.0 g||2.0 g|
|Calcium||27.0 mg||73.0 mg|
|Total Sugars||14.0 g||37.0 g|