Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cranberry Granola Blondies (made with Guppy Granola)

Here's a good recipe for kids and adults alike... easy to make, healthy granola bars! These bars are packed with complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. If you don't have the dried cranberries you can substitute dried cherries or raisins. This recipe freezes and doubles well.

12 x 76 gram bars (or 24 x 38 gram)

1 cup Flour, whole-wheat 250 ml
1 tsp Baking powder 5 ml
½ tsp Salt 2.5 ml
1 cup Brown sugar, demerara 250 ml
¼ cup Oil, vegetable 60 ml
3 each Eggs, medium 3 each
2 cups Granola 500 ml
1 cup Cranberries, dried 250 ml

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat a 25 cm x 25 cm (10 inch square) - 2 liter baking dish with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
2. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Beat together sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl with a whisk until smooth, making sure no lumps of sugar remain. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Stir in granola and dried cranberries. The batter will be quite thick.
3. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish; smooth the top. Bake until golden brown on top and they feel set when lightly pressed in the center – about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the baking dish before cutting into 12 bars (6 x 2). Store in an airtight container.

Use the granola recipe I posted earlier as a base. I use a natural baking powder that does not contain alum and Wholesome Sweeteners brown sugar which is certified organic and fair trade. http://www.wholesomesweeteners.com/

NUTRITION FACTS (per bar): 280 calories, 8 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 40 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 4 g fibre, 26 g sugar, 5 g protein. %Daily Values: 4% calcium and 10% iron.

Don't get hung up on the calorie count! These bars make a sufficient breakfast or snack for people on the go. Cut in half (38 gram bars) they are about the size of a packaged granola bar you'd buy from the store.

1 comment:

Laura said...

Definately going to try this for the kiddies (Me too of course!)