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Health and Nutrition

Sunflower, Cranberry, and Oat Granola Bars

Sunflower, Cranberry, and Oat Granola Bars 1 1/2 cups quick rolled oats
3/4 cup sunflower kernel, roasted and salted
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup cranberries, dried, sweetened
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 cup sunflower margarine
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
Preheat oven to 350F.

In bowl, stir together rolled oats, sunflower kernel, coconut, cranberries, wheat germ, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside. Melt margarine; stir brown sugar and honey into melted margarine; bring to a boil; remove from heat. Pour margarine mixture over rolled oats mixture; stir until well coated. Press granola bar mixture into greased 8-x 8-x 2-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle with additional sunflower kernel and coconut if desired. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until slightly browned around edges; remove from oven. While bars are warm, press surface gently with back of spoon to flatten; score into bars with knife. Cool completely; cut and serve.


24 bars
Per serving -- Calories, 102; protein, 2 g; carbohydrates, 15 g; fiber, 1 g; fat, 4 g; cholesterol, 0; sodium, 46 mg


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