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Chewy Granola Bars

These treats will be just as tender and chewy at the end of the vacation as they were at the start (if they last that long).



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2 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
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1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
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½ tsp. baking soda
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½ tsp. salt, divided
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⅔ cup chopped dried apricots
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½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
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½ cup chopped walnuts
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1 cup packed light brown sugar
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½ cup maple syrup
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½ cup almond butter
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¼ cup vegetable oil
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2 large egg whites


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and 1/4 tsp. salt in bowl. Stir in apricots, chocolate chips and walnuts.

3. Beat brown sugar, maple syrup, almond butter, oil and egg whites with electric beater until smooth. Stir in oat mixture.

4. Spread mixture in prepared baking dish, and pat down firmly. Sprinkle top with remaining salt. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until firm. Cool 20 minutes before slicing into bars. Unmold, and store in airtight container.

Nutrition Information: 

4 g
Total Fat: 
8.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
1.5 g
29 g
0 mg
97 mg
2 g
14 g
Makes 25 squares

Comments on this Recipe

Not very granola bar-ish, a bit more like very chewy brownies filled with oats and good things. I used Bob's Red Mill 5 grain protein blend because we had it on hand and it's terrible for oatmeal, in addition to being high in protein. I also left the salt off the top and they were delicious. You can mix up the dried fruit, too.

My hubby loves these squares! They've replaced our store-bought granola bars, and have kept beautifully individually wrapped in the freezer. I have to make a new batch this weekend and plan on playing with the sugar proporations as well. I'll let you know how it goes.

This is a great 'granola bars' recipe, good for helath, good for saving money, and also good for the planet.

The recipe is easy and the bars are delicious! I made mine with raisins, unsalted peanuts and peanut butter instead of the apricots, walnuts and almond butter. I will try many other combinations in the future (cranberry, white chocolate and pecan for Christmas???) and the only thing I will do differently is leave the salt off the top; it's too much.

Does anyone know what size serving they measured to get the nutritional information? There's no weight or dimensions for their "per square" measurement.

The recipe says it makes 25 'squares'

These are incredibly delicious, my husband loves them. That said, the sugar in them is pretty high (one cup brown sugar, half cup maple syrup!). Any ideas how to low to lower the sugar content without using any nasty chemical substitutes? I'm thinking maybe bananas, applesauce....

I am going to cut down the syrup and sugar by half and see how it goes. I am also going to add 2T of ground flax seeds.

Why does it always take at 3 pp. to print each of your recipes?


I have edited the recipe and like it a lot better this way. Cut the sugar in half, sub in sliced almonds for walnuts, dates for mini choco chips, 1 flaxseed egg for egg whites and upped the apricots to 1 cup. Everyone I give the granola bars to asks for the recipe.