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SkinnyMS

Oat & Fruit Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

With clean ingredients that are super tasty, these granola bars are far superior to their store-bought counterparts.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Kid-Friendly, Plant-Based
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 337kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almonds raw, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds hulled, unsalted
  • 1 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
  • 2 cups rolled oats aka old-fashioned
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips vegan chips were used

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line an 8 x 12-inch baking pan with parchment paper and grease the paper with coconut oil or cooking spray.
  • Mix the almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, oats, and 1/4 teaspoon salt together. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dry ingredients (besides the coconut sugar) in an even layer. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring halfway through and rotating pan, to ensure all ingredients cook evenly and achieve some golden color.
  • Pour ingredients into a bowl and stir in the wheat germ. Place coconut sugar, coconut oil, syrup, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk until fully combined, about two minutes. Pour over dry, toasted ingredients in the bowl and stir to combine. Stir in the cranberries and apricots. Allow to cool slightly, for 4 to 5 minutes, and gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and flatten to make even. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars or squares.

Notes

Note that 3 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds can be mixed into the ingredients at the same time as adding the wheat germ if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1granola bar | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 102mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 27g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 15
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 15