Nutty Oat Bars

Nutty Oat Bars

Ingredients  

1 cup rolled oats (do not use instant or quick-cooking oats)
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup plain, unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil or safflower oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries, preferably unsweetened
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup finely chopped, skin-on almonds
1/2 cup hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking oil spray

Whisk together the oats, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.

Whisk together the maple syrup, applesauce, oil and egg in a separate bowl until well incorporated. Stir in the oat mixture, then the dried cranberries, walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds until evenly coated.

Spread the mixture in the pan; bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely, then cut into 12 equal-size bars.

Makes 12 servings

Per serving: Calories 250; Total Fat 15g (Saturated Fat 2g); Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 60mg; Total Carbohydrates 26g; Dietary Fiber 3g; Protein 6g

Photo Credit: Deb Lindsey www.deblindsey.com

Copyright 2016 Ellie Krieger All rights reserved

 

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