Thursday, March 22, 2012

Choco-berry Bars

5 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons canola oil
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup light-brown sugar
½ cup honey
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried Sunset Valley Organics’ blueberries
½ cup choc chips

Directions: Heat oven to 350˚. Stir together the oats, walnuts, canola oil and salt.  Spread evenly into a 15x10-inch rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350˚ for 18 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove mixture to a large bowl. Line same baking sheet with nonstick foil and set aside; lower oven temperature to 300˚combine brown sugar and honey in small saucepan and cook, stirring often, over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Stir in vanilla extract. Add blueberries and chocolate chips to oat mixture; stir well. Pour brown sugar mixture over top and stir until blended. Spread oat mixture into prepared baking sheet and press into an even layer. Bake at 300˚ for 30 minutes or until golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack, then, using a chef’s knife, cut into 2x3-inch bars.
Per bar:  186 calories; 6 g fat (1g sat.);  4 g protein; 32 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 51 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol



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