Chewy granola bars are a popular snack with the kids.
Most store-bought bars promise to provide heart healthy nuts and whole grains in a snack-form that kids will love. These come, however, with very high sugar content. When reading labels, normally the first three ingredients are the major components. Most of these store-bought bars have sugar in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. Then, further down the ingredient list, sugar appears at least one more time.
In the wake of an upsurge in the incidences of Juvenile Diabetes, some of the popular cereal brands promised to have less sugar. Even the popular Quaker Oats chewy granola bars at one point promised that it contained “25% less sugar” than before. I bought those a while back and still found them to be too sweet.
A short while afterward I found that I could no longer purchase the store-bought chewy granola bars at all. Not only were they too sweet, they also contained whey and other milk-derived ingredients.
So, I decided to make my own chewy granola bars at home.
After a couple experiments, and prayer, I came up with this Chewy Peanut Butter granola bar recipe. I used peanut butter as I found it to be a great binder that kept the bars together as opposed to using large amounts of syrups and sweeteners. This enabled me to keep the sugar content low.
I also used sunflower seeds, walnuts and cranberries which are great sources of dietary fibre.
Try this easy, heart-healthy snack.