Tuesday, March 1, 2011

80--- Quaker Who? Granola Bars

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars contain sugar as their second ingredient, and partially hydrogenated oil (aka: TRANS FAT) as their fourth ingredient.
Granola bars are so easy to make-- without that "stuff". Add ingredients to your liking! The recipe below is for a chocolate-covered cherry granola bar.

Quaker Who? Granola Bars
Makes 20 bars

3 1/2 cups rolled oats
14 oz canned light sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add condensed milk and stir until dry ingredients become sticky (I used my hands to finish this process).

Spray a 9 x 13" baking dish with cooking spray. Scoop oat mixture into dish. Spray a flat spatula with cooking spray and press oats flat into dish.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, until edges are slightly browned. This will produce a dense, slightly chewy bar.

Allow to cool for ~5 minutes. Using a table knife, gently cut bars into 1"x 4" pieces. Gently slide knife around border of bars to release from dish. Allow to cool in dish for ~20 minutes prior to removing bars. Wrap each individual bar in plastic wrap for storage.

Nutrition Info per 1 bar: 158 calories, 6 g fat, 4 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber


  1. LOVE your blog! Good thing for Tasty Kitchen or I may not have ever found you. It's funny cause a few months ago I was considering a similar title to switch my blog to, but have decided to go another way with it. Great job! So, as a dietician, what's your take on the whole glycemic load/ index and/or The Zone as a guideline for eating? I buy into most of what I read about it, but there's just something about "good carbs" from grains that I can't let go of!

  2. I think that the glycemic index has it's place, but mainly in the diabetes realm. I use the glycemic load when working with athletes, but otherwise I typically just promote whole grains and fruit as the major sources of carbohydrates in your diet! If you eat a variety of grains life is so much more exciting and you get the benefit of a wide variety of nutrients! Whole grains also make you feel full, which is very helpful in our world of over-abundance!

  3. Thanks for the response! I had my hubby read it because he is a major Crossfitter (don't know if you're aware of what Crossfit is) and was interested to know why you use the glycemic load primarily for athletes, since he is one.

  4. The glycemic load is important for athletes when thinking about recovery. The post-workout meal should include some foods with a higher glycemic load within 1-2 hours post-exercise for optimum glycogen storage by muscles. This is something that I typically recommend for endurance athletes, but it can be important for the recovery of power athletes, which your Crossfitter hubby is!

  5. Hey, thanks for all the great info!

  6. Thanks for this recipe! I am trying to improve my kids' diets and being able to make something like this homemade is awesome! I appreciate this site and am happy for Tasty Kitchen sharing it!

  7. I am leaving a comment on my husband's account. I have a quick question about this yummy-looking recipe. I am allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Is it possible to omit the almonds in this bar? Should I replace them with something else or just leave them out all together?

  8. You can totally omit the nuts! Just replace them with equal parts oats so that the dry ingredient content remains the same.

  9. Quick question: do you know of a good substitute for the condensed milk? I'm lactose intolerant, but I've been looking for a good granola recipe without a lot of oils or syrup. Thanks!