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Pope Fitness: Sweet Cranberry Granola Bars

As you prepare for company this holiday season, you’ll want these granola bars on hand!

These chewy, kid-friendly bars are the ideal grab-and-go treat to have on hand a sudden snack attack hits. Store-bought breakfast favorites can be loaded with refined sugars, preservatives, and other less-than-healthy ingredients. These little beauties are tart and savory, thanks to the addition of cranberries, walnuts, and cinnamon. They would be great on a platter in your kitchen or individually wrapped in your car for your next road trip!

Servings 18 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup low-fat granola

1 cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats

½ cup whole-wheat flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 large egg, beaten

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup raw honey

½ cup dried cranberries

½ cup walnuts, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine granola, oats, flour, and cinnamon in a large bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  3. Combine egg, applesauce, and honey in a medium bowl; mix well.
  4. Add oat mixture to egg mixture; mix until just blended.
  5. Fold in cranberries and walnuts.
  6. Spread mixture into an 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until firm.
  7. Cut into 18 bars.

What is your go-to snack to keep on hand at all times? Send me a note with your favorites and I’ll share some of mine!

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