Homemade Granola Bars with Almonds, Dried Fruit and Dark Chocolate Chips

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Homemade Granola Bars

You’ll laugh when I tell you the inspiration for these chewy, chocolaty granola bars.

On a recent shopping trip I discovered chopped dried plums on sale for half price in the baking section.

Half price! How could I pass that up!

It didn’t matter whether I needed them for a recipe I had in the works, they were half price with a shelf date far in the future.

Truth is they sat on the counter waiting for inspiration for a few days, then were relegated to the pantry where they haunted me every time I opened the cupboard.

Homemade Granola Bars with Almonds, Dried Fruit and Chocolate Chips

Also lurking in the cupboard was half a package of dark chocolate chips. Since scientists have recently discovered the health benefits of chocolate (dark that is), I felt confident I could add those little morsels into my batch of granola bars.

This excerpt in the LA Times backs me up.”Specific chocolate-loving microbes in the gut convert an otherwise indigestible portion of the candy into anti-inflammatory compounds.”

Nice! A few anti-inflammatory compounds never hurt anyone, right?

Granola Bars

I packed my dried plums into a baking dish with those chocolaty chips, oats, almonds and a few binding ingredients and popped them into the oven.

Granola Bars

Turns out those half priced dried plums make a terrific granola bar, and now I am absolved from the guilt of having let my bargain sit in the cupboard for so long.

Homemade Granola Bars with Almonds, Dried Fruit and Chocolate Chips
 
Shake It Up! I had dried plums on hand, but any dried fruit works in this bar. Dried apricots are a favorite in this house.
Ingredients
  • 2 ¼ cups oats
  • ½ cup diced dried plums
  • ½ cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup Hershey's Dark Chocolate Chips or semi-sweet
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup low fat milk
  • 1 large egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8" square pan or smaller baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine oats, plums, almonds and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. Melt coconut and oil brown sugar by microwaving on high for 35 seconds.
  4. Whip egg and milk together.
  5. Add coconut mixture to the bowl and mix together well.
  6. Add egg mixture to bowl and mix together well,
  7. Add chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into the baking dish and push down to flatten with a spoon.
  9. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Notes
Food energy: 311kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 9
Saturated fatty acids: 7.49g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 5.13g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 1.74g
Total fat: 14.36g
Calories from fat: 74
Cholesterol: 26mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 42.22g
Total dietary fiber: 4.74g
Protein: 6.92g
Total lipid (fat): 9.12g
Water: 31.59g
Ash: 1.02g
Total sugars: 11.90g
Calcium: 60mg
Iron: 1.55mg
Magnesium: 84mg
Phosphorus: 167mg
Potassium: 218mg
Sodium: 18mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8

Chocolate not your thing? These energy bars with oats, apples, and chia seeds might be the thing for you. They have a lovely hint of lemon in the mix too.

Homemade Energy Bars with Oats, Apple, Lemon, and Chia Seeds

I’m off to the paying job. Have a terrific weekend everyone!

~Kristi

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