CEiMB: Walnut, Cranberry, and Chocolate Bars
OK, guys, this post is going to wrap up CEiMB week. Gotta end with a little something sweet, right? Well, on top of a recipe, I’ve got a sweet deal for you: a chance to win a $20 gift card to CSN Stores! For those of you unfamiliar with CSN Stores, they have over 200 online stores where you can find everything from tv tables to fantastic fitness equipment to cookware! This is my second time partnering with them to bring you guys a little reward for your loyal readership, so I’m very excited to offer this chance to you again. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.
Since I’m sure you’re all excited to enter, I’ll keep the rest of the post short and sweet. I changed the recipe up quite a bit based on what I had in my cupboards already, plus I added a bit of chocolate to make them more appealing to my chocoholic. I’ve been eating them for breakfast and find them quite filling, but I’m still not sure I think they’re worth the calories for such a small serving. Poor Heide at Chez Zero hated them and felt awful for choosing them, but I thought they were pretty good. If you decide to make them, add the chocolate, and let me know what you think. Be sure to come back next Thursday for more CEiMB treats :)
Walnut, Cranberry, and Chocolate Bars
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup liquid egg whites
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 ounce semisweet baking chocolate, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the honey, applesauce, oil, egg and egg white until well combined. Stir in the oatmeal mixture until well combined. Add the dried cranberries, chopped chocolate, and walnuts.
Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely and cut into 12 bars, about 4 by 1 1/2 inches each.
Modified from Ellie Krieger’s Walnut and Dried Cherry Bars from “So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week” on p. 40
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