Posted: May 13, 2013 5:00 AM
 
Some mornings you need to move in fast-forward. Whether you slept through your alarm or your kids are simply moving slowly, finding time for a healthy breakfast seems impossible. Keep these healthy granola bars on hand for a quick, easy breakfast idea.

Easy to make, these granola bars are a perfect breakfast for mornings when you're racing to get out of the door on time. With endless possibilities for flavor additions, you can customize them to meet the favorite flavors of every family member.

Granola bar ingredients

Chewy granola bars

Serving size 16

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg, coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, applesauce and vanilla.
  2. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, ground flax and cinnamon.
  3. Fold dry ingredients into the larger mixing bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Pour the batter into an oiled 9 x 9-inch baking pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. Thirty minutes will provide a softer, chewier bar.
  6. Let the pan cool away from the oven and cut into bars.

Antioxidant-rich variations^

Add or substitute ingredients to the base recipe to add both nutrition and flavor. Baking temperature, baking time and all directions remain the same.


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Pumpkin and chocolate chip granola bars

Pumpkin packs these granola bars with the nutritional punch of fiber, vitamin A and potassium. Just a bit of dark chocolate adds richness to the flavor — and dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can help raise your body's good cholesterol.

Ingredient substitutions and additions:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin (replace the applesauce in the original recipe)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or a 4-ounce dark chocolate bar broken into small chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


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Cherry nut granola bars

Cherries are high in vitamins A and C and contain anti-inflammatory phytochemicals. The vitamin E and cell-protecting flavonoids found in almonds make these cherry nut granola bars an antioxidant powerhouse.

Ingredient additions:

  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup almond pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger


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