All Natural Granola Breakfast Bars

Christmas is practically upon us!

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Every winter I find myself splurging on baked goodies, rolls, various desserts, and unhealthy breakfast foods more than ever. And although I try to go to the gym, between exam week** (see below), trying to fit all your shopping in, and even baking for friends, this isn’t always possible.

So as a result, I always find myself doing one of two things: either gaining a few pounds to keep me warm or balancing it all out with healthier treats.

This Christmas season I’ve tried to do the latter, although the various cookies, candy, and other treats I received at school last week haven’t exactly helped. Therefore, now that the big day is only 5 days away, I definitely need to watch what I’m eating.

Because I’m pretty sure gallons of icing and chocolate covered pretzels aren’t exactly healthy.

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That’s exactly why I love these granola bars. They’re the perfect all natural thing to start your day off with. Plus, they contain plenty of protein and healthy fats to keep you full later in the day.

And if you’re rushing off to a last-minute meeting or Christmas party, they’re the perfect thing to munch on in the car. If not, I know that at least I would be reaching for another slice of pie or glazed donut.

And even if you don’t have anywhere to be, who doesn’t love curling up in front of the fire with a book and snack to munch on?

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I know I do, no matter what time of year it is! 😉

All Natural Granola Breakfast Bars

  • 1 c old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 c cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 c reduced sugar dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 c all natural applesauce
  • 1/3 c nut butter of choice
  • 1/4 c dark chocolate chips, chopped coarsely
  • 1/4 c coconut chips
  • `1/4 c almond milk

Preheat oven to 325°F. Add old fashioned oats, coconut flour, baking powder, cashews, cranberries, and all spice to a large bowl. Stir in honey, applesauce, and nut butter until fully combined. Mix in chopped chocolate chips and coconut flakes. Add almond milk and stir.  Spray an 8″x8″ pan. Scoop mixture in and press down with fingers. Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove, and slice directly out of the oven. Let cool before removing. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)

Calories: 186

Fat: 10g

Carbs: 21g

Protein: 5g

(Yields 16 bars)

Nutrition information calculated using all natural peanut butter. It will vary slightly depending on which kind of nut butter you choose to use.
For a more substantial bar, cut the bars into 12 pieces instead of 16. The nutrition information will be as follows: 248 calories, 14g fat, 28g carbs, 7g protein.
** Speaking of exams, I’m so sorry I didn’t post a recipe last week! I’d planned on putting this up Tuesday, but I had two exams Tuesday, and two more to study for Wednesday, so I wasn’t able to! But now that it’s winter break I’ll luckily be able to start posting much more regularly!
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