You probably have seen your workmates munching on granola bars during break time. Maybe this snack is your favorite, too. You can find them all over – convenience stores, supermarkets, grocery stores, and even in online shops. They are everywhere, and people love them! I don’t blame them because these energy bars are really delicious and they are healthy as well.
For a lot of people, when they hear the word ‘granola’, they think of ‘health’. That is correct, though. Granola is nutritious and they can provide you with energy, which makes them perfect to eat in between meals.
Health Benefits of Granola Bars
Granola bars do not come with just one health benefit, but A LOT! First of all, they can boost your energy without you worrying about a high amount of sugar. They are also low in fat as well as in calories. So if you are trying to manage your weight, you should always have a stash of granola bars. 🙂
Second, they are quite useful in controlling your cholesterol levels. Thanks to the soluble fiber that they contain, which prevents the bad cholesterol from circulating in your blood that also causes blockages in your veins and arteries.
Incorporating granola into your daily diet can help increase your cognitive activities. It helps prevent anemia as well. Plus, it is an excellent source of vitamin E, protein, and fiber.Print
With these fabulous Energy Granola Bars, there is no more need for you to turn to junk food when you are hungry in between meals. They are loaded with nutrients, and they can keep you energized.
2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. wheat germ
3/4 tsp. cinnamon (ground)
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. raisins
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. each honey and vegetable oil
1 large egg (beaten)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease a baking pan (size: 9X13 inch).
- Combine brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, wheat germ, raisins, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
- Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in the vanilla, beaten egg, honey, and oil. Mix well.
- Put the mixture evenly on the greased pan.
- Bake for about 35 minutes or until the edges of the bars turn golden brown.
- Cool for 5 minutes and slice into smaller bars while warm.
When mixing the oat mixture with the liquid ingredients, you can use your hands. Also, be sure to cut the bars while they are still warm. If they completely cooled off, it will be hard to cut them.
If you want a basic granola bar, you can simply omit the raisins in this recipe. But if you want your snack item to be more elaborate and more flavorful, you can add your favorite nuts, dried fruits, or even chocolate chips.
From almonds to dried cherries, pistachios, unsweetened coconut, and apricots, the possibilities are endless. What matters most is the base, which consists of oats, honey, butter, and brown sugar. From there, you can add pretty much anything that you want to the mixture.