Sunday afternoon

There was a little bit of time this Sunday between church and dinner with friends. I was able to do some things around our home with David’s help.

And then I made granola bars :) They are soft and slightly sweet with no added sugar. High in protein with healthy fats and a good amount of carbs to make the perfect low-calorie afternoon snack.

Homemade Granola Bars

(adapted from Ridiculously Healthy)

Ingredients:

1 c old-fashioned oats

1/2 c protein (I used Aria Protein in vanilla)

1/2 c wheat/barley nugget cereal (I used the Grape-Nuts knock off)

1/2 t ground cinnamon

2 egg whites, beaten

1/3 c unsweetened applesauce

1/4 c sugar-free syrup

1/4 c tightly chopped hazelnuts

2 T peanut butter (I used PB2)

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 325*

-Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of the 9 in square dish or 2 qt oblong Pyrex baking dish (7 in x 11 in), spray sides and bottom of dish with cooking spray.

-Mix together oats, protein, cereal, cinnamon and hazelnuts in a bowl.

-Beat egg whites and add applesauce, syrup and peanut butter in separate bowl to mix thoroughly.

-Stir together the dry ingredients with the wet to combine. Spread evenly in pan.

-Bake for 25-30 min or until lightly brown around the edges.

-Once cooled in pan, remove and cut into bars or squares.  Store in refrigerator.

serves 12 @ 83 calories ~ 12.8 g carbs, 5.3 g protein, 1.7 g fat & 1.6g fiber. Or serves 9 @ 114 calories per bar.

Possible substitutions: flour to replace protein, one egg to replace egg whites or flax-egg or chia seed-egg, oil to replace applesauce, honey/agave/maple syrup/sugar to replace sugar-free syrup, regular peanut butter, crunchy peanut butter, etc.

Stir-in possibilities are nearly endless: raisins, craisins, chocolate chips, peanuts, nuts of any kinds, seeds of any kind, brown sugar, cinnamon sugar, etc.

You get the picture.

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