Chocolate Trail Bars

In honor of National Oatmeal Month (January), try fixing these yummy granola bars as a quick breakfast.  Dark chocolate provides antioxidants, and nut or seed butter makes them a great source of protein and heart-healthy fats.

Chocolate Trail Bars

Makes 24 servings

Ingredients

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons canola oil

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa

4 cups old-fashioned oats

½ cup dried cranberries

½ cup raisins

24 graham crackers

1 tablespoon almond, peanut or sunflower butter

Combine cinnamon through cocoa in a large, microwave-safe bowl, stirring well.  Microwave on high for 1 minute, stirring half-way through, and stir in oats.  Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes more, stirring every 2 minutes.  Stir in cranberries and raisins.  Cool granola completely.  Break a graham cracker in half.  Spread the nut butter on the graham crackers, and sprinkle 1/8 cup of granola between the pair of graham crackers to make a “sandwich.”  Use the leftover granola as a topping for cereal or fat-free yogurt or in trail mix. You can also store the granola in an airtight container for up to 1 week or put it in snack-sized bags and freeze it for up to 6 months.

Per Serving: 266 Cal (43% from Fat, 10% from Protein, 47% from Carb); 7 g Protein; 13 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 8 g Mono Fat; 33 g Carb; 4 g Fiber; 8 g Sugar; 63 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 4 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol

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