I like trying to make homemade granola and snack bars, but sometimes all the sugar (even honey) poured into them concerns me. And of course a lot of the store bought ones have it too. I like these for having lower sugar and its that perfect blend of sweet and salty , chewy and crunchy.
I've been testing out this new product called VitaFiber a higher fiber, low calorie natural sweetner in a syrup form. It keeps the sweetness but without all the sugar. They sent me a recipe to try for their Apricot Almond bars, and of course, me being me I made them with a little "bitchin'" flare. (Ok most of the change was adding chocolate.) Who doesn't like chocolate though?
Check out this recipe and let me know what you think!
- Calories: 172
- Fat: 11 grams
- Carbohydrates: 20 grams (Net 9 grams)
- Fiber: 11 grams
- Sugar: 5 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- 1 1/4 cup almonds (half almonds half cashews taste yummy too)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 10 dried apricots
- 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 bar of unsweetened dairy free bakers chocolate. (can also use Enjoy Life Vegan Chips)
- 1/2 cup VitaFiber IMO Syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
Putting it together:
- Toast almonds and coconut flakes at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes.
- Chop up almonds and apricots.
- Add almonds, apricots, coconut, puffed rice, flaxseed, chocolate and chia seeds into a bowl.
- Add VitaFiber syrup, vanilla and salt into a saucepan, bring to a bubble and let simmer for 2-3 minutes
- Add VitaFiber syrup to the fruit and nut mixture. Mix well.
- Add mixture to a lightly sprayed 9x9 dish.
- Let set up for 15 minutes in the fridge.
- Take cooled mixture out of the pan and cut into 12 bars.
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife