Granola bars are also called as energy bars, their purpose is to provide energy when feeling drained out. Hence it is quite obvious that if your body is not energy starved, then you are just adding the extra carbohydrate boost to your body without any requirement making it as good as fat. The reason being excess carbohydrates which are not needed by the body are turned into fat and stored in our cells for later use. That later use is when you probably burn more calories during workout than ingest throughout the day. Thus, the health factor of the granola bars is very relative. The options available in the market are even more loaded with sweeteners- these could be high fructose corn syrup or even regular sugar which in turn again gets deposited as stored fat ‘for later use’. Read about the granola bar’s cousin- Muesli.
So, we have tried to create a healthy low calorie granola bar recipe for you- which includes slow burning carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, protein, minerals, vitamins & low fat. In short all healthy and minimal calorie foods. Grab one of these low calorie healthy granola bars as a quick snack between meals. The slow burning carbohydrates will keep your energy levels up, the fat and protein will keep you satisfied, and the nutrition will help you stay healthy! These can also be eaten as a post workout snack, so they help your muscles recover and give you the energy to power through your day.
Low calorie healthy granola bar recipe below. This batch makes 12-16 bars:
Ingredients: Low calorie granola bar recipe
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup shredded wheat cereal
1 cup almonds
1.5 cups dried fruit (raisins, plums)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tbsp honey
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Cooking Process: Low calorie granola bar recipe
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil coat an 8 x 8 inch baking pan and set aside. (take some butter on your fingers and run it along the pan to coat it with minimum butter)
2. Place the oats, shredded wheat, nuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, and salt in a food mixer until the mixture is finely chopped (size of a lentil).
3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, honey, and vanilla. Add the oatmeal mixture and stir, till its mixed evenly.
4. Transfer to the baking pan and flatten down gently with the back of a spoon or spatula to spread evenly.
5. Bake about 18 minutes until the edges turn golden brown and the bars are done. Let bars cool completely in pan before slicing and serving.
These low calorie granola bar recipes are a great snack when you’re at work, in college, out shopping, or even at home. Also I am sure you notices the minimal use of sugar in the making of these bars, thereby ensuring that these granola bars can be eaten by diabetics as well.
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