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Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups certified-gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 ripe banana (about 1/2 cup mashed)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup (1 1/4 ounces) chopped dried mango
  • 2 slices dried kiwi, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Chewy Fruit Granola Bars

Jules Shepard | Delicious Living
  • Serves: 10 people
  • Calories per serving: 207

These naturally sweet, fiber-rich bars make a great addition to any backpack or road-trip snack bag. Tailor to suit your family’s tastes: To the base mixture of oats, nuts, banana, and applesauce, add your favorite dried fruits in place of cranberries, mango, and kiwi. For this recipe, I prefer Redmond Real Salt Gourmet Kosher Sea Salt; the crystals are bigger than you’d get out of a grinder set to large, but not super-coarse.

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet and an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper cut large enough to come up all four sides of pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, nuts, and syrup. Spread mixture onto baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. The mixture should be lightly browning (not dark brown).
  3. Meanwhile, mash banana in a small bowl and stir in applesauce.
  4. Once oat mixture is toasted, pour back into medium bowl and add cranberries, mango, kiwi, flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to mix well, and then stir in banana mixture. Once completely mixed, transfer to prepared 8x8-inch pan. Smooth top by pressing down with a rubber spatula.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes, or until bars are browning and pulling away slightly from pan sides. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes; then remove by pulling up on the parchment paper. Once cooled to room temperature, cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.

PER SERVING: 207 cal, 6g fat (3g mono, 2g poly, 1g sat), 0mg chol, 5g protein, 34g carb, 5g fiber, 123mg sodium

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