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Chewy Granola Bars & Giveaway Winners

Spring is here.  I saw a robin today.  I am elated.  Spring is a good time to make changes.  I am going to get back on track with healthy eating.  I am starting with this fabulous granola bar recipe.  It is all healthy and has very little fat or sugar added.  I actually used cashews because that is what I had in my pantry.  Try this recipe.  It is so good.

But before we go on to the recipe, the winners of the Philadelphia Cream Cheese Giveaway are....drum roll please...
Valli at More Than Burnt Toast
Barbara at Moveable Feasts
I have emailed everyone.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog for this event.

This recipe has been adapted from the California Walnut Commission.
Chewy Granola Bars
3 cupsold fashioned rolled oats 750 mL
1/4 cupall purpose unbleached flour 50 mL
1/3 cuppacked light brown sugar 75 mL
1 tspbaking soda 5 mL
1 tspcinnamon 5 mL
1 cupcoarsely chopped California Walnuts 375 mL
1/2 cupdried cherries or cranberries 125 mL
1/2 cupchocolate chips 125 mL
1/2 cuppumpkin seeds 125 mL
1/2 cupshredded coconut 125 mL
1/4 cupsesame seeds 50 mL
1/2 cupdried apricots 125 mL
1/2 cupbutter, cut into small pieces 125 mL
1/2 cuphoney 125 mL
Pre-heat oven to 325°F (160°C). In bowl, whisk together oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir in walnuts, cherries, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, coconut and sesame seeds; set aside.In food processor, process apricots until broken up, about 1 minute. Add butter, process until a paste forms, about 1 minute. With motor running, pour in honey until well blended. Fold into oat mixture until well combined. Pat evenly and firmly into a parchment-lined 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33-cm) baking pan. Bake in the centre of oven until golden, about 30 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool completely.Cut into bars (2x12 rows or 8x3 rows)

Makes 24 bars.

Nutritional content:

Per bar: about 250 cal, 6 g pro, 14 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 26 g carb, 3 g fibre, 10 mg chol, 85 mg sodium. %RDI: 2% calcium, 10% iron, 8% vit A.


  1. Those granola bars look great! Congrats to the winners. :)

  2. Congrats to the winners!

    I make my own granola and have always wanted to try making granola bars! These look great! I love that they are chewy too!

  3. How exciting, Sarah! Thanks for the lovely giveaway. I emailed you my address.

    And really delicious looking granola bars too. Nice to see pumpkin and sesame seeds in it.

    Am anxious to hear how your class will sure to let us know!

  4. Sprin is definitely a time of new beginnings starting with some delicious and healthy food. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to win the cream cheese. I will get cooking!!

  5. Thank you Sarah...I was surprised to find out I was one of the winners.

  6. Great granola bars. I have never made my own but you make it sound easy...

  7. That sounds great. I love pumpkin seeds.

  8. Those do look good. I was shocked when I found out most granola has gallons of oil in it... and a zillion calories. This is so much better and so good to snack on! Num.

    Congrats to the winners!

  9. I keep thinking I'll make my own granola one of these days. But I never have. Still, one day I won't be too busy...

  10. what an uber awesome granola recipe - bookmarking to try - will be my first of this kind :) Lovely blog and glad I stopped by!

  11. Oh look at that gorgeous granola bar, who wants to eat the store bought ones? I am ashamed to admit, I never tasted homemade granola bar...maybe time to give it a try!


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