Lauren Kelly Nutritionist

Better Health, Better Food, Better You

Cranberry-Apple Oat Granola Cookie Bars

on June 12, 2012

What a name, huh?  I had to add “granola” in the name b/c of the healthy ingredients, but they definitely are like cookies too.  I loved how these turned out!  They were a little dry from the oats (that’s how I like them) but the dried fruit and the honey definitely gave it some moisture too.  They are loaded with fiber (from the oats, wheat germ and flax seed) and when you cute each bar in half (24 servings) they are only ~150 calories each.  It is the perfectly portioned size for dessert or whenever you feel like splurging on taste and not calories 🙂  Oh and the kiddies loved them too!

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup almonds sliced
34 cup ground flax seed  (could use ground chia seed)
3/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 oz dried cranberries (look for unsweetened)
2 oz dried apples sliced (look for unsweetened)
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1 1/4 cups honey (could also use 100% maple syrup or agave)
1 tsp vanilla extract
cooking spray
 

Instructions

  1. Mix oats, almonds, flax, bran, coconut and salt and roast in over at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Dissolve honey and vanilla in pot under low heat.
  3. Remove dry ingredients and pour into a bowl.
  4. Lower oven to 300 degrees.
  5. Grease 9 x13 glass dish with cooking spray.
  6. Mix liquid into bowl with dry ingredients, add cranberries or whatever else you want.
  7. Pour into dish and spread out evenly.  Use rubber spatula to press down evenly.
  8. Bake at 300 for 30-40 minutes, till golden brown.
  9. Let cool for at least 1-2 hours to harden.

adapted from Food.com

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 bar (I made them into 24 servings, 12 bars cut in half)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147   Calories from Fat 33
Total Fat 3.7g
Saturated Fat 0.8g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 15mg
Total Carbohydrates 26.7g
Dietary Fiber 3.4g
Sugars 16.5g
Protein 3.4g

*Nutritional information provided by http://www.caloriecount.com, not 100% guaranteed accurate

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4 responses to “Cranberry-Apple Oat Granola Cookie Bars

  1. Yum! These granola cookies look wonderful! Love all the flavors!

  2. Lauren, these sound delicious!! I love all the flavors in these healthy treats! Thank you for sharing on Fit and Fab!! 🙂

  3. These look awesome-going to try them soon! I will probably substitute aronia berries for the cranberries… Aroniaberry (chokeberry) is native to North America and contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants – anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins of any fruit. These powerful berries have been utilized for years because of their overall health and wellness benefits. Learn more at http://www.superberries.com.

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