By Fiona Haynes, About.com Guide
The word granola suggests healthy, but many granolas and granola bars are anything but, often carrying a hefty fat and calorie load for their size. These homemade granola bars are dense, sweet and full of whole grains. Enjoy them as part of a healthy breakfast, or pack one in your child's lunch box.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup plain toasted oat cereal (such as Cheerios)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup dried mixed fruit
1/2 cup honey
2 large egg whites
1 medium banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup canola oil
Preheat oven to 325ºF.
Line a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with foil, with an inch or so overhanging the ends.
Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Spread oats on a large microwave-safe plate and microwave for 2 minutes, stirring half way through.
Place oats, oat cereal, flour, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Stir in dried fruit.
Add honey, egg whites, mashed banana and oil.
Stir well with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Empty mixture into lined baking pan, and press down with some waxed paper or with wet hands.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until edges are golden.
Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then grasp foil ends and lift out of pan.
Cut into 18 bars and place on a cooling rack.