The Perfect Granola Bar

Granola bars are pretty much non-existent in Taiwan. In New Zealand we relied on granola (or muesli) bars as a snack food in between meals. I’ve always known it is better to make my own bars but when they are cheap and readily available it was sometimes easier just to buy them. Now, here in Taipei, I have no choice but to make them. I recently found a particularly good recipe that doesn’t require any sugar that I thought I would share. These bars are quick and easy to make and will become a regular feature in our fridge.

Healthy Baked Oatmeal Bars (based on this recipe)

– 1.5 cups rolled oats

– 1/2 cup chopped walnut (or any nut you like)

– 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 cup chopped dates)

– 1/4 cup seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, flax, etc)

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1 tsp  salt

– 1.25 cups skim milk (I used soy)

– 1 egg (I used 2 egg whites)

– 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

2. mix dry ingredients together

3. mix wet ingredients together

4. pour wet ingredients into dry and stir well to combine.

5. pour into a 9×9 inch baking pan that has either been lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray.

6. bake for 40 mins.

7. cool and cut into squares.

I store mine in the fridge only because it is so humid here but I’m sure they would be fine left out or in a cupboard.

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