Home-made Granola Bars

November 12, 2012

Home-made Granola Bars

Granola bars are made from oats, nuts and fruits. They have become highly popular breakfast food and snack in recent times because they claim to be healthy and nutritious, and do not lead to unnecessary weight gain.

What Are They Made Of?

Granola bars were invented by Dr. James Caleb Jackson in 1894. They were made from Graham flour. The new age bars consist of oats, nuts, fruits, chocolate chips and other ingredients rolled in honey or sugar syrup. Many consumers hope to substitute their high-fat and high-calorie foods with the relatively healthy, organic and inexpensive foods.

There are several types of granola bars in the market today. They may be basic and simple, or lavish and gourmet with dried blueberries, yogurt drops and almonds. However, the health benefits of granola bars depend on the ingredients it is made of. If you intend to buy granola bars at local grocery stores, you should check the nutrition label to find out how much sugar, fat and calories are present in it.

Homemade Granola Bars

If you do not like the brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, rice flour, sugar, corn syrup solids, glycerin, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sorbitol, soy lecithin, salt, natural and artificial flavor, glyceryl lacto esters of fatty acids, BHT, citric acid found in most popular granola bars in the market, You may try to make one yourself.

Homemade bars come from your kitchen and consist of real, healthy ingredients such as rolled oats, wheat germ, honey, nuts, and dried fruit to make them. In fact, you can not only control the ingredients, you can also choose to make them chewy or crunchy, and add additional flavors according to your preference. You can substitute the sugar with a low-calorie natural sweetener, and create low-fat granola bars by using less oil and substituting mashed bananas for some fat.

Benefits of Home-made Bars

Home-made granola bars are better than the store ones because:

  • They are healthier as they do not contain trans-fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and preservatives.

  • They taste better because you can customize them according to your personal taste and preference.

  • They are cheaper, when compared to the individually wrapped store granola bars.

  • You can create a wide variety of bars at home by altering the ingredients. You can make them chewy or crunchy.

  • It’s a lot of fun to make granola bars at home.

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