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RecipePeanut Butter-Lentil Granola Bars

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Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 260
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Total Fat: 11 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 9.5
    • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 32 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5 g
  • Total Sugar: 14 g
    • Natural Sugar: 6 g
    • Added Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 190 mg

I love lentils, and enjoy adding the super food into a variety of recipes, including granola bars. It’s an easy (and sneaky) way to increase the fiber and protein of a favorite snack food. And try this kitchen hack: Coat your measuring cup with oil spray before measuring honey, peanut butter and other sticky ingredients so they just slide right out.

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This recipe makes 16 bars
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dry red lentils, or substitute 1 can (15 ounces) red lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • ⅔ cup smooth or chunky natural peanut butter
  • ⅔ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ⅔ cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Preparation:

Combine lentils with 2 cups of water in a pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for about 10 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 350˚.

Add remaining ingredients and mix until incorporated.

Press the mixture evenly into a casserole dish liberally coated with oil spray.

Bake for about 25 to 35 minutes, until the center is very firm to the touch and the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly, then cut into bars.

 

Nutrition analysis courtesy of Genesis® R&D