Sweet Tooth Cravings!

There are many times I find myself with a huge sweet tooth and craving sweets such as ice cream or cookies. Everyone knows these are not the most amazing items to eat, especially late at night. I am always on the search for any healthy recipe for any meal or time of the day.

Over the summer, when participating in my running group, my coach would always bring us “healthier” desserts for us to snack on after a hard work out. Now seeing that these were desserts, they are not completely healthy, but are perfect for when you have a sweets craving. Many times, our treats after practice would consist of items such as chocolate covered strawberries, and we would eat one because eating in moderation is extremely important as well.  One recipe that really stuck with me was an oats granola bar with dried fruit mixed. They are easy to make and delicious as well, which I think can be a very hard things to find together.

To make these granola bars you need:

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1.6 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 table spoons fat-free milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-grain granola
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried fruit mix
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

**NOTE: Any opportunity I have to get fat free, low sodium, low fat, organic, etc. I take it. You can now start to make your delicious treat!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step 2: Coat a 13×9 inch medal baking pan with cooking spray;dust with 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour. (Dump excess flour out)

Step 3: Weigh or lightly spoon 3 ounces all-purpose flour and 1.6 ounces whole-wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and stir. Combine sugar and next three ingredients (through 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. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with coconut.

Step 4: Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

**This recipe is healthier than eating ice cream, cookies, cake, brownies, etc. but it still is not the healthiest thing you could eat. I enjoy using a small piece of a bar to please the sweet tooth cravings I get every now and then.

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