Chewy Granola Bars
My recipe for “healthified” Chewy Granola Bars.
“HEALTHIFIED” CHEWY GRANOLA BARS:
1 cup natural peanut butter or almond
1/2 cup erythritol (or JUST LIKE SUGAR)
1/2 tsp stevia glycerite
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup NATURE’S HOLLOW xylitol honey
1 cup almond meal/flour
1 cup hazelnut meal (or other nuts)
2 cups whey crisps or crushed macadamia nuts
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a food processor (click HERE to find the one I like on sale!), place all the ingredients and blend until a thick paste (I leave a few pieces of whey crisps whole for a crispy texture). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan (or line with parchment paper), then spread the mixture into the pan and press down to form a dense sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside. Makes 12 LARGE bars.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Granola Bar = 256 calories, 44 carbs, 2.6g fiber
“Healthified” Granola Bar = 238 calories, 7.5 carbs, 2.9 g fiber (5.4 effective carbs)
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