Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Low sugar, low fat Tropical Berry Granola Bar Recipe

Oil-Free Tropical Berry Granola Bar Recipe or
Granola Cereal Recipe

This Tropical Berry granola recipe features a delicious combination of pineapple and dried blueberries with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla.  They come out of the oven warm and chewy and make an excellent afternoon snack.

This recipe can be made into delicious bars, or you can crumble them and make it into a delicious morning granola cereal.  This granola recipe is low in fat and does not contain any added oil.  These were very popular in my house, in fact when I came into the kitchen I caught my son with an entire plate full of these granola bars.  I had to make him put about 6 of them back and only eat one.  Yes, they are that good!

My kids are always complaining that we do not have snacks around the house and it is true, I do not buy any boxed or packaged junk food snacks and so they are usually snacking on apples, pears, peaches, bananas, grapes and whole grain toast.  Their friends think we are crazy because there are no goldfish crackers or doritos in our house.  So I decided to create a delicious, easy to prepare snack that the kids would love and this granola recipe more than delivered!  Unfortunately they don't last long around here so I end up in the kitchen making snacks more often.

We do not buy packaged granola bars or granola cereal because they are made with refined oils and a HIGH amount of sugar!  Granola is often thought of as a healthy snack when in reality it is extremely high in fat and sugar.  When creating this recipe I really wanted a healthy snack low in sugar and fat.  The applesauce, pineapple and liquid stevia really make this a delicious sweet treat.

This granola recipe does not contain any refined sugar!

**NOTE:  If you do not have or do not want to purchase the sweetleaf stevia, which I HIGHLY recommed you do but if  you do not want to you can substitute a couple teaspoons of powdered stevia or a few Tb. of coconut sugar.

Sweetleaf stevia is about $11 per bottle but it will last probably 3-5 years because you only use a few drops per recipe.  You can just purchase the vanilla or the cinnamon and use only one flavor instead of both if you would like.


Tropical Berry Granola Recipe

**To make granola cereal, crumble on a non-stick baking sheet and reduce the length of baking by 2-3 minutes.

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