Chocolate Chip Granola! (Low Fat, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Is there anything better than a green smoothie?


Trick question: The only thing better than a green smoothie is a green smoothie WITH a mountain of granola on top.

 

But how do you get this mountain of granola you may ask? Well I suppose you could crumble any old granola on top, but why not make your own personalized granola?

Making your own granola is life changing. Seriously. Don't believe me? My family is kind of obsessed with this granola. At one point, we were so obsessed that I was making a batch a week. (Sometimes two, but let's just stick with one. I've got an image to uphold.)



Anyways, with Summer rapidly approaching, Texas has been getting hot (Well it never actually got cold, but we did have a few winter days where the temperature was sub 70's).

The heat has tons of negative aspects, but I do like all the light and summery foods that come with it. This granola takes only 10-15 minutes to cook, and it's low fat, low sugar, low calorie, and easily made vegan. You can easily beat the heat with these bars because that oven will be off in no time!

 

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups of crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of honey (or agave nectar for a vegan option)
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 (or way more) cup of chocolate chips
  • Any other add ins such as peanut butter chips, coconut, nuts, etc.
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix the dry ingredients together in a big bowl. In a separate bowl, microwave the honey, applesauce,and vanilla until melted or for around 30 seconds. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix. Add in any chocolate chips or other add ins that you want. Spray a large pan and press the granola into the pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown on top.


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6 Happy Thoughts

  1. There's no shame in making multiple batches of granola a week if it's such a good one. Because let's face it: granola is addictive and nobody has self control around it. Or just don't tell me if you do...
    These bars sound really good so I'm not surprised to hear your family's been obsessed with them.

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  2. I love that granola is so customizable. But I don't think I'd change your recipe a bit! I mainly just don't like raisins or other dried fruit in my granola. :) Looks and sounds tasty!

    -Amy

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  3. Yes! This granola looks perfect- I've only made it myself once before, and I wasn't completely satisfied- it was overdone, actually. Time to try again!

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  4. I think smoothies are a premium substitute for milk when it comes to granola and cereal! It's just so much better to have a bowl of cereal or granola with a flavorful, fresh, and thick smoothie!!

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  5. These look SO yummy!!! I have never made my own granola... I know. I'm crazy. But that mound of granola on your smoothie.... swoon! And don't even start with those "winter days of low 70's".. that is a hot summer day for me lol! Love ya girly :)

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  6. I have to say, granola is one of my favorite foods! Homemade of course! It's incredibly addicting! I love how simple & quick this recipe is :) I've been making smoothies everyday for breakfast as I get ready for summer, and I just love topping them with granola! Great recipe!

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