Old-Fashioned Bake Sale ~ Fruity Granola Bars

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I have a confession to make -- I didn't bake a thing all week. I intended to -- in fact, I set aside this afternoon to make this wonderful, many times tried and very true recipe. Didn't happen. I got a better offer and off I went thinking I'd make them when I got home....didn't happen again. I am going to go ahead and pass along the recipe but I have no photos to share. Sorry. What I can tell you about these is they are perfect lunchbox treats. I promise to really bake next Friday's featured recipe. Thanks for your understanding :)

Fruity Granola Bars
(Printable Version)

1 cup low-fat granola
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dried mixed berry blend
1/4 c up sweetened flake coconut
1 egg
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup agave nectar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing foil to go over edges of pan. Lightly coat foil with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, combine granola, oats, flour, dried fruit and coconut. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine egg, oil and agave nectar; stir into granola mixture. Press mixture in prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 hours. Grasp ends of foil and lift from pan. Cut into 12 bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap. Store wrapped bars at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze the wrapped bars in an airtight freezer container for up to 3 months. Makes 12 servings.