I’m a huge fan of Kashi TLC Granola Bars. My husband and I buy them in bulk at Costco for quick grab-n-go snacks. I know that granola bars really aren’t that difficult to make. The problem was I’d never found a recipe I really liked. They usually ended up being too crunchy (I like chewy bars), too dense, too high fat, or too – I don’t know – Just “too”!
Until I found a couple of key ingredients that has helped me turn the corner in the elusive perfect granola bar recipe – Peanut Flour (aka PB2) and Brown Rice Syrup. The peanut flour helps keep them together and adds a lovely protein punch and the brown rice syrup is thick and sticky enough to keep them chewy.
They are still “too”. This time, they’re “too good” and I can’t stop eating them.
I love these and I hope you do “too”… Have fun playing with the ingredients. The base recipe works, so whatever you want to toss in to your own preference, have at it!
Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars
Makes 8 bars
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup high fiber cereal (Trader Joe’s or Fiber One) OR 1 cup of unsweetened, whole grain cereal of your choice
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
- 2 Tbsp agave nectar
- 1 t olive oil
- 1/4 cup lowfat peanut flour or PB2
- 1/4 t kosher or sea salt
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruits)
- 1/8 cup mini dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Generously spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- Spread oats and almonds over a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 mins, stirring once midway through. When the almonds have turned slightly darker and are fragrant, remove from oven.
- While oats and almonds are baking, combine brown rice syrup, agave nectar, olive oil, peanut flour and sea salt in a large bowl.
- Remove oats and almonds. Turn oven down to 300 F
- Place hot oats and almonds in the syrup bowl, add fiber cereal and cranberries stirring until completely coated. Pour mixture into loaf pan.
- Using the back of a spoon that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick spray, lightly press the mixture into the pan until the top is smooth and the mixture is slightly compressed. Do not press down too much or your bars will be to dense, but if you don’t compress them slightly, they will fall apart. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top.
- Bake for 20 mins. Remove from oven and let cool for approx 20 mins. Slide a knife around the edges of the pan and very gently (so as not to lose all your chocolate chips) invert the pan onto your hand or cutting board. Slice into 8 even bars.
Nutrition: 140 cal, 3g fat, 27g carb, 5.5g fiber, 4g protein