We have a fairly funny, but probably typical, eating situation in our house these days. My one year old wants to eat pretty much everything, though he’s getting a little pickier. Meanwhile my four year old is more limited in his tastes, questions everything, but sometimes surprises you with the things he does eat. Sometimes I need to get a little creative to sneak some goodness into my eldest. Recently these fruity chewy granola did the job perfectly as an after school snack. Sweetened only with fruit, packed with fiber, and easy to make, they’re a great snack for anyone. My son for one instantly loved them.
I’ve been meaning to make granola bars, or something similar, for ages and have tried the odd recipe from other people. However invariably, I find them too sweet. I also find myself tempted to throw a little bit of everything in to them which I’m not sure really works. Well, maybe sometimes but I wanted to go for something a little simpler here. There are a number of different fruits in these chewy granola bars, so you get some different flavors coming through, but that’s it other than oats.
A feast of fiber
When Wendy set the theme for today’s Foodie Extravaganza as heart healthy fiber rich foods, I set to looking into different ingredients that would fit the bill. Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, but all too easy to lack. In short, grains such as oats and barley, beans, and various fruits are some of the best along with sweet potatoes and avocados. As I thought about a recipe, I debated about going down a savory route or making a smoothie. But then the list also shouted chewy granola bars to me, so that’s the route I went.
These fruity chewy granola bars have figs, prunes and apple in them, all great sources of fiber (along with oats). They also have dates for a little extra sweetness and ‘glue’. True, they are still a bit crumbly so I think I’ll add a few more dates or some chia seeds next time to see if they’re a little less so, I just didn’t manage before today. Flavor-wise, though, these are delicious and as I said my son has been devouring them.
How they’re made
They’re really easy to make as all you do is blend together the applesauce and dates, then mix in everything else. Press the mixture into a lined baking dish then bake until it firms up. That’s it! Leave it to cool before cutting into pieces. Here’s a short video showing quite how easy they are:
These fruity chewy granola bars are packed full of goodness and they’re easy to make. They make a great grab and go breakfast or after school snack. Or after dinner, as my son did yesterday after spotting them. Whenever you enjoy them, you can feel good about eating something both tasty and good for you. The best combination.
A simple combination - a little crumbly but so tasty!
- 1/4 cup Medjool dates 50g, stones removed and slightly broken up
- 3/4 cup applesauce 165g
- 2 cups old fashioned oats 185g, rolled oats
- 1/4 cup chopped dried figs 35g
- 1/4 cup chopped prunes 40g
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries 32g
Preheat oven to 325F/160C. Line a baking dish with parchment paper, at least bottom and up longer sides. I used a dish approx 7x5in (18x13cm) so I'd suggest a similar volume is best.
Blend together the dates and applesauce. Add everything else and mix well.
Pour the mixture into prepared baking dish and press down well into the dish. Flatten the top then bake for 20-25min until firm on top and starting to brown slightly.
Allow to cool then use the parchment to help you remove from the baking dish. Cut into pieces.
Try these other healthier treats:
See all the heart healthy fiber-rich recipes being shared today:
- 5-Way Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti Squash Boats from Palatable Pastime
- Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Bake from Cookaholic Wife
- Baked Oatmeal from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Black-eyed Pea Salad – Saladu Ñebbe from Food Lust People Love
- Cranberry Nut Muffins from Hardly A Goddess
- Farmer’s Salad from Fearlessly Creative Mammas
- Fruity chewy granola bars from Caroline’s Cooking
- Fruity Custard from Sneha’s Recipe
- Heart Beet Smoothie from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Vegetarian Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps from cookinandcraftin
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