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Almond-Cranberry Granola Bars

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Serving Size: 1 bar

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oats

1/3 cup almond butter

1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey

1-1/2 Tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1/2 cup chopped unsalted roasted almonds

1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper, letting excess hang over the edge.

Spread oats onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F until toasted, about 10 to 12 minutes. Place in a medium bowl; let cool.

In a small glass bowl, place almond butter, maple syrup or honey, and oil. Microwave about 30 seconds or until warm; whisk until smooth. Whisk in vanilla, salt, and egg.

Add chopped almonds and dried cranberries to the oats. Pour almond butter mixture over oat mixture; stir until well-combined. Using a spatula, press the mixture very firmly into the parchment-lined pan.

Bake until lightly browned, about 20 to 22 minutes. Cool in a pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan using parchment paper. Cool completely on rack. Cut into 12 bars.

*These bars can be wrapped individually in plastic wrap and put in a zip lock bag in the freezer. When ready-to-eat, just grab and go or microwave for instant enjoyment.

Nutritional information per serving:
170 calories 9g fat (1g saturated fat) 134mg sodium 4g protein 20g carbohydrate 2.5g fiber
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