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  • Writer's pictureEmily Settler, RD, LD

Homemade Granola Squares



I love granola bars. They are so easy to grab on the go! However, most store-bought granola bars are packed with preservatives and sugar. I recently discovered Texturized Vegetable Protein (TVP) to add a little extra protein to dishes that normally wouldn't have as much as I'd like, such as oatmeal. It's made from soybeans and makes a great replacement for meat or you can add it to dishes for added protein. I use the Bob's Red Mill brand (found at Walmart), and it's only $2.99! It's tasteless and you can't even tell it's there. At only 80 calories, 12 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber it is a great staple to keep on hand! Try adding it to these homemade granola squares. The added protein and fiber will keep you full for longer!


Ingredients (makes 9 squares):

  • 2 Cups rolled oats

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (you can use any type of chocolate chips this is just what I prefer)

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup texturized vegetable protein (TVP)

  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

  • 2 eggs-beaten

  • 1/4 cup honey

Procedures:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F- line a 9x9 baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray

  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in large mixing bowl

  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients

  4. Pour wet ingredients into well and then mix together with your hands or spatula

  5. Press mixture evenly into your lined 9x9 pan

  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown


Nutrient Breakdown per Square

224 calories

5.8 grams fat4 grams unsaturated1.8 grams saturated35 grams carbohydrates4 grams fiber9 grams protein

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