Almond Butter Cranberry Granola Bars
It’s that time of year where you have to accept the fact that school is just around the corner. You can either sigh, kick and scream, or begrudgingly accept it. I was one of those kids that disliked the idea of going to school and spending 6-7 hours there, but LOVED learning and LOVED shopping for school supplies. I miss it now. But I never stop learning, as I try to learn something new all the time.
I am starting a healthy back to school recipe count down series starting next week, but I thought I would give you a hint of what is to come: yummy, healthy, easy ( especially for those going back to those college dorms), and budget friendly! Everything I wish I would have thought of when I was in college!
These granola bars are super easy and they freeze well ( up to 2 months), and they are 99 calories each! They are also a great way to get in some of those healthy fats in your daily diet with one of my favorites almond butter!
Makes 12 granola bars
Calories: 99, Fat: 4.5g, Carbs: 13.1 g, Protein: 2.8g, Fiber: 3.4g ( Nutritional info from My Fitness Pal)
1 cup of oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup of almond butter
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup of skim milk
1 tbs vanilla
Preheat oven to 350
Gather all ingredients
In a stand mixer ( or use a electric hand mixer), mix all the ingredients minus the cranberries
While the mixer is still on medium low speed, add the cranberries.
On a baking sheet spray thoroughly with cooking spray and pour granola mixture in middle
Flatten mixture with spatula until it forms a rectangle and is about 1/2″-3/4″ in width
Bake in oven for about 15 minutes or until the edges are a golden brown
Take out of oven, and while the granola is still soft slice into 12 even pieces
Keep refrigerated or freeze to keep them longer!
Justin’s provided me with the almond butter packets, I developed the recipe and as always all opinions are my own