When I was asked to teach a healthy snack cooking class Monday for a group of first and second grade boy scouts, I thought these Healthy Granola Bars would be ideal. These have no nuts and are so delicious. I am serving them with some homemade smoothies, perfect for an afternoon snack.
Homemade Granola Bars (No Nuts)
10 to 12 servings
11/4 cups dried apricots
1 cup dried figs
1 cup dried pineapple
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups unsweetened gluten-free brown rice cereal (Erewhon's organic)
4 egg whites
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 13-x 9-inch metal baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Combine apricots, figs and pineapple in a a food processor; lightly pulse until chopped. Transfer to a large mixing bowl; add oats and cereal, stirring well.
3. In a separate bowl, combine egg whites, honey and remaining ingredients, stirring well. Add to apricot mixture, mixing until all mixture is coated.
4. Spread into prepared pan, pressing down gently. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool 30 minutes before slicing. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.