Recipe & Video: Cranberry Oat Soft-Baked Granola Bars

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When you make granola bars at home, you control the ingredients. These simple, delicious bars are sweetened with banana and brown sugar, and are packed with nutrition from whole-wheat flour, rolled oats, low-fat granola, dried cranberries and pecans.

These are great to throw in a lunchbox or have in the kitchen for a kid who's learning remotely to grab as an easy snack. If you're going to work every day, they're an awesome on-the-go breakfast. If you're staying at home the majority of the time, they're a simple snack to sustain you during long hours at your desk or a healthy treat to nibble on while you take a few moments to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Basically, these bars are for everybody! 

Nothing that comes in a box can even compare. As you meal-prep for the coming week, put these soft-baked granola bars on your list. 

Cranberry Oat Soft-Baked Granola Bars

Yield: 16 servings

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Ingredients:

Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup low-fat granola
3 Tablespoons white whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 medium ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup pecan halves, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch pan with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl combine oats, granola, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mash banana and whisk together with milk, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Fold in cranberries and pecans. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Press mixture evenly into pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly brown.

Remove from oven, allow to cool and cut into 16 bars.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 151 Calories; 5 grams Fat; 1 gram Saturated Fat; 1 mg Cholesterol; 160 mg Sodium; 27 grams Carbohydrates; 3 grams Fiber; 3 grams Protein

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