Courtney: “But what is there? I don’t know what to have.”
I could not believe it. $5.49 for a box of 6 tiny granola bars. SIX. Six will last a day in our house. The grocery budget I try to live by isn’t going to support this “grab food” habit, I can tell already. Well at least they’re healthy, right? I try to ignore for a second that they’re covered in chocolate as I turn the box around…fiber, a little bit of protein, not too high calories….some brands pretty high in sugar….an ingredient list a mile long, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated stuff. Urg. And they’re $5.49 for SIX! And the “healthier” they get, the more expensive they get. Guess this will be my next challenge!
I set out to create a granola bar that’s tasty, filling and wholesome. I wanted to make it from whole grains and include some sources of protein and fiber. Here we go.
Me: “I made homemade granola bars! Try them!”
Me: “I know. Taste.”
Keith: “Well, they’re perfect for dieters. No one will be tempted to eat two!”
OK then. I’m now on experiment recipe number four, and I’m happy to say that we have a winner! These granola bars taste just like banana bread – seriously! Here are the stats: 125 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 3.5 grams of protein and only 8.5 grams of sugar (and nearly 1/3 of that is from fruit and rolled oats). AND, they’re only $0.25 each -- roughly $2.00 for the whole batch of EIGHT!
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp + 1 tsp Splenda brown sugar blend (divided)
2 cups rolled oats
The Svelte Gourmet: A Month of Main Courses cookbook is available at www.thesveltegourmet.com/products.html. I challenge you to eat with me for a month – you’ll love the results!