After making my own version of a sugarless, flourless peanut butter cookie, I got thinking about other things that I could bake myself to make them healthier. One thing I really enjoy having for breakfast is a granola bar, but it’s hard to find a bar that isn’t loaded with high fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient. I started fishing around for ideas online and stumbled on one for a Pumpkin Spice Granola Bar, and then altered it to fit my dietary restrictions. So here it is!
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups quick oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup egg beaters
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup Splenda
In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Once thoroughly mixed, add egg, yogurt, then pumpkin. Grease a glass casserole pan and pour mixture in. You will need to pack it down using your hand or a spoon. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cut into 12 even rectangles. Each piece has 137 calories.
I baked mine for 19 minutes and they were perfectly chewy. They’re definitely not sweet like a cake or a cookie, but they have the perfect amount of flavor for breakfast. If you want to make them sweeter, I suggest adding 1/2 cup regular brown sugar, and maybe mixing in some white chocolate chunks. You could also trade the walnuts for almonds, or trade the raisins for craisins!
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