Jo-Ann's Power Bars

    40 mins

    These power bars are delicious and much more nutritious than most granola bars. They are very filling, too. Instead of using dried mixed fruit, feel free to substitute any of your favorite dried fruits. Same goes for the nuts.

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    Makes: 12 bars

    • 80 g quick-cooking rolled oats
    • 60 g whole wheat flour
    • 60 g wheat and barley nugget cereal (e.g. Grape-Nuts(TM))
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 beaten egg
    • 60 ml applesauce
    • 60 ml honey
    • 40 g brown sugar
    • 30 ml vegetable oil
    • 35 g unsalted sunflower seeds
    • 30 g chopped walnuts
    • 198 g chopped dried mixed fruit

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a 9 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
    2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, cereal, and cinnamon. Add the egg, applesauce, honey, brown sugar, and oil. Mix well. Stir in the sunflower seeds, walnuts, and dried fruit. Spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan.
    3. Bake 30 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned around the edges. Let cool. Use the foil to lift from the pan. Cut into bars or squares, and store in the refrigerator.

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    Wonderful! I made a batch with exactly what you had for my hubby and I made a lower carb version for myself. They both turned out awesome! FYI...lower carb I omited the fruit and flour. I added two scoops of low-carb protein powder and 2 T peanut butter. They were great. I'm going to experiment with this base recipe using bananas, blueberries, dried the options are endless. Thanks so much!!! A++++++  -  05 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious and filling!!!! I make a few changes like adding chocolate protien powder instead of flour (as suggested by another user)and omitting the brown sugar and oil. if you use protien powder it will sweeten the bars without the additional sugar. I use dried cherries for the fruit and a little more applesauce to compensate for the lack of oil. They hold together really nicely, even when I throw them in my bookbag for a snack between classes. Tasty brain food.  -  11 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I've made these several times over the past two weeks and have really enjoyed being able to swap out the major flavor makers. The first batch was by the recipe using dried cranberries for the fruit and sliced almonds for the nuts. I added in a little coconut and left out the sunflower seeds b/c I didn't have any. They came out good - but these are VERY HIGH FIBER! Just so you know! My husband didn't care for the flavor of the first batch. He requested a second which I just made with: pumpkin seeds, dried goji berries, ground flax seeds(in place of 1/2 of the flour), a little coconut and a handful of whole almonds. There wasn't enough crunch in the first batch for him - so these are perfect. I almost doubled the cinnamon too since there are a lot of flavors going on and I think it goes nicely with the nuttiness of the flax. I made a batch with chocolate chips and coconut (coconut oil in place of vegetable) for my 5 & 3 year old with great success - next time I'll leave out the cinnamon with that one though. I also made a tropical version for me with dried papaya, pineapple and coconut. Thank you for a great basic recipe that is SO quick, easy and healthful. Play around to make it suit your taste and health needs!  -  12 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)