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Too Busy for Breakfast? These Oat & Dried Fruit Granola Bars Are a Great Make-Ahead Solution

Bake a batch of these granola bars today, and you'll have a healthy breakfast ready and waiting for you throughout the rest of the week.

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Crunchy or chewy: Which side of the granola bar debate are you on? Whether crumbly with a nicely textured crunch or soft and moist, a good granola bar is both filling and satisfying. In just a few bites, a good granola bar can offer a surprisingly significant array of nutrients while fueling you for the morning ahead. And we’ve got a recipe that’s perfect for breakfast and midday snacking: Granola bars made with oats and dried fruit.

Our Buttery Oat & Dried Fruit Granola Bars are loaded with good-for-you ingredients – hearty rolled oats that deliver fiber, manganese and magnesium, plus an array of chopped dried fruits that includes naturally sweet dates, tart apricots and sweet-yet-sour cranberries. And, with the addition of sesame and sunflower seeds, you’ll get an extra boost for your health. Enjoying seeds like these can add a little more antioxidants, iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamins E and B into your diet.

You might be surprised to learn that making your own granola bars is actually pretty easy, too. Quickly toast the oats and coconut in a skillet and then combine all the ingredients with a sweet, buttery syrup before pressing into a pan and baking. In just 30 minutes, you’ll have a batch of bars ready to enjoy.

Need to simplify your to-do list during the week? You can save even more time and make them on the weekend. Then, you’ll be prepared for an even smoother week and have a handy to-go breakfast ready when you’re headed out the door.

See also: I Tried Mushroom Coffee—And It Helped Me Beat the 3 p.m. Slump

Buttery Oat & Dried Fruit Granola Bars

Servings
10
Prep Time
15 min
Duration
30 min

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pitted dates
  • ½ cup chopped dried unsweetened apricots
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw sesame seeds
  • ⅔ cup organic unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large skillet on medium, toast oats and coconut until golden, stirring, about 4 minutes. Transfer oats and coconut to a large bowl. Stir in dates, apricots and cranberries, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter on medium-low. Add sugar and honey; bring to a simmer for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Add vanilla to saucepan and stir.
  4. Pour butter mixture into dry ingredients; stir to coat. Pour granola into dish and flatten with a spoon. Bake for 15 minutes, until light golden. Let cool then slice into 20 bars.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 bars
  • Calories 471
  • Carbohydrate Content 61 g
  • Cholesterol Content 33 mg
  • Fat Content 24 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 7 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 11 g
  • Sodium Content 15 mg
  • Sugar Content 37 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 7 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 4 g