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Chewy Apricot Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

I am a huge fan of granola bars. Packed full of whole grains and a truckload of vitamins and minerals, they are my go-to snack when I’m out and about and am tempted to add a calorie bomb of a cookie or muffin with my to-go coffee.

 So the other day, I’m at the store trying to refill my emergency granola bar reserve for my car (tell me that I’m not the only one to have emergency stashes of food? I’m like one of those people in the snicker bar commercials when I get hungry…It’s not pretty! Not as bad as me without coffee but close…very close) Aaaanyways, I was just taken aback at not only the mile long ingredient list, but also the prices!!! Only 5 bars in a box??? Are you kidding me?
 
I KNOW!

 So, I set out to develop a recipe that was simple, wholesome, calorie conscious and of course addictively delicious. Say hello to my Chewy Apricot Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. These will NOT disappoint!


Now I make a point to emphasize that fact that they are chewy. Here’s the thing, I definitely didn’t want this bar to bake up like an oatmeal breakfast bar or some kind of oatmeal bread, I wanted a thinner, denser (yet not heavy like brick) chewy granola bar. It took a couple tries but I really think that you are going to LOVE it! Oats, flax, almonds, apricots and chocolate. This low fat, all natural granola bar will keep you full and energized for hours. At 175 calories a bar and 10 bars per batch, it’s a steal compared to your store bought options!

Chewy Apricot Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  • Yield: 10 bars
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup golden flaxseed (ground/milled)
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • appx 12 dried apricots (diced)
  • 1/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350F

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flax, almonds and cinnamon. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the applesauce, agave, and egg whites together with a fork or whisk until smooth.

  4. Pour the egg white mixture into the big bowl of oats and stir until completely combined.

  5. Add the apricots and chocolate chips and mix well.

  6. Pour into a 9in x 9in square baking pan that has been lined with foil and greased. (Make sure that the foil overlaps the sides of the pan for easy removal)

  7. Using the bottom of a glass or measuring cup, press the granola mixture down into the pan until it is completely flat.

  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.

  9. Allow to completely cook before you slice into bars. I found that the easiest way to do it was to lift the entire square out by the foil flaps, and then use a long lightly serrated knife to cut into even squares. The slightly obsessive part of me insisted on using a ruler to make sure each one was even but that's entirely up to you and your level of insanity;)

  10. You could refrigerate these for about 7 days or wrap them up individually and freeze them. Grab one on your way out the door and you are good to go:)

Notes

1 bar = 175 calories

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