Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chewy Coconut Granola Bars

These granola bars hail from a recent issue of Cooking Light magazine.  Serve them as a quick and  healthy breakfast or an after school snack. I like them as much as my kids do! Enjoy!

2/3 c.  all-purpose flour 
1/3 c. whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granola
3/4 cup chopped dried fruit (apricots or pineapple are delicious) OR chocolate chips (you can guess which my family prefers!)
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 350°.

Coat a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray; dust with 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour.

Combine flours, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine sugar, oil, milk, and eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in granola and fruit OR chocolate chips. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with coconut.

Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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