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Granola Fruit Squares

Published: September 4, 2013

The ingredients in these granola squares pack a powerful nutritional punch. As a wonderful source of energy, the oats will help keep you going during your busy day. Plus, they are high in cancer-preventing fiber and contain essential minerals and vitamins. Flaxseed provides alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid, and fiber.


Granola Fruit Squares


(Makes 16 squares)

granola fruit squares with fresh blueberries

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats or quick oats, uncooked (not instant)
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup honey, softened by placing the jar in a pan of water over low heat
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup combination raisins, dried cranberries and dried cherries
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line 9-inch square baking dish with aluminum foil and leave 2-inches of foil hanging over edges.
  3. In large nonstick skillet over medium heat stir oats, nuts, and seeds and toast for 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool. When cool, in food processor, pulse mixture until coarse. Avoid making the mixture too fine.
  4. In mixing bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until blended. Set aside.
  5. In another mixing bowl combine oil, honey, sugar, vanilla, and eggs and mix well. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Gently add oat mixture, fresh blueberries, and dried fruit.
  6. Lightly coat baking dish with cooking spray. Pour granola batter into dish and spread evenly. Bake until mixture is set, about 25 to 28 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool. Use overhanging foil to lift granola slab from baking dish to cutting board. Cut into desired size bars.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (1 square)


Calories: 198
Total fat: 10 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Carbohydrate: 25 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 5 g
Sodium: 77 mg

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