Saturday, May 15, 2010

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - WHOLEFOODS Market

Makes 16 Bars - from Wholefoods Markets

Thanks to our reader who submitted the recipe for these not-too-sweet, crunchy, toasty and truly delicious bars. We made them more natural by using canola oil instead of butter to reduce the fat, substituting a reduced amount of honey instead of brown sugar and calling for organic ingredients whenever possible. You may also want to try our vegan version: Maple and Carob Chip Granola Bars. Our reader says her kids love these bars, and we think you will too!


4 cups of quick cooking oats
1/3 cup canola oil (butter, coconut oil)
2/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped organic nuts (optional)
Other options: flax seed, sunflower seeds, raisens, craisens, peanut butter.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread oats on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Allow oats to cool to room temperature. Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cooled oats. Spread mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish that has been sprayed or oiled, pressing down hard to compact it.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely and cut into bars.

With chopped nuts:Per serving (50g-wt.): 230 calories (110 from fat), 13g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 4g protein, 28g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium Without chopped nuts:Per serving (42g-wt.): 180 calories (70 from fat), 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 3g protein, 27g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium

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