The delicious Barn Bar, from Appetite for Life by Stacey Antine, is high in heart-healthy fats and fiber. Parents like this simple hungerbuster for any time of day, but it’s especially good as a morning snack and would no doubt make an excellent addition to a picnic basket. We can also see ourselves wrapping them up for a road trip or tucking them into a beach bag. So mix them up to have on hand for something tasty and healthy to grab and go!
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup ground flaxseeds
1/3 cup hulled raw sunflower seeds
¼ cup raisins
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup canola oil
1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan with foil, extending the ends of the foil 2 inches over the short sides of the pan. Grease foil.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, and brown sugar. Stir in egg, maple syrup, and oil until well mixed. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and, with wet hands, press into an even layer.
3. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
4. Once cool, use the foil to transfer the bars to a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut lengthwise into 8 strips, then cut each strip crosswise in half to make 16 bars. Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.
Makes 16 servings (1 granola bar per serving)