Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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final granola barsIngredients:

2 1/2 c multigrain oats (quick oats would work also)
1/2 c raw, unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 c flaxseed meal
1 c mini chocolate chips
1/2 c honey
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
1/8 c (2 tbsp.) packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large egg whites

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Roughly chop almonds.
granola almonds
 
2. Spread oats and almonds on an unlined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, stirring half way through. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
oats&almonds
 
3. Line a 13×9 baking dish with a silicone baking mat. It is helpful if the mat is slightly larger than the baking dish and comes up on the sides. Set aside.
 
4. Once oat/almonds are cool, transfer to large bowl and add flaxseed meal and chocolate chips. Stir together.
oats&chocchips
 
5. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and egg whites.
 
6. Pour honey mixture over oat/almond mixture in large bowl. Stir until oats are well coated.
pouring syrup
7. Press granola with rubber spatula into prepared baking dish. Be sure to firmly and evenly press granola down.
press granola in pan
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
 
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 2 hours.
 
10. Using the sides of the silicone mat, carefully pull up and pull the granola out of the baking dish. Cut granola into 16 equal bars. Store in an air tight container.
 cooked bars
Yields 16 servings, serving size 1 granola bar
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White Chocolate & Berry Oatmeal Cookies

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20130927-225423.jpgIngredients:

4 oz. unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 medium banana, mashed
1/4 c egg beaters
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c multi grain oatmeal
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 c dried cranberries or dried berry mix
1/3 c white chocolate chips
1/4 c pecans, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine applesauce, brown sugar, banana, egg beaters, and vanilla.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together cinnamon, flour, baking soda, oats, and salt.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet. Stir until just combined. Fold in dried berries, white chocolate chips, and pecans.
5. Scoop 1/8 c spoonfuls of cookie mix onto prepare baking sheet.
6. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on pan for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
 
Yields 14 servings, serving size 1 cookie
4 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.

Peanut Butter & Apple Oatmeal

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photo (85)Ingredients:

1/4 c multi grain oatmeal (or your gluten-free favorite oats, multi grain oats are not GF)
2/3 c water
1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 small apple, chopped
1/2 tbsp milk chocolate chips (omit for Advocare friendly)
1/2 tbsp of your favorite peanut butter

Directions:

1. In a small sauce pan, bring water and cinnamon to a boil over high heat.
2. When it begins to boil, add in oats, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Turn off hear. Stir in apples and simmer an additional 1-2 minutes, or until apples are tender.
3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract and peanut butter.
4. Transfer oats to a bowl,top with chocolate chips.
 
Yields 1 serving
4 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.

Double Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal

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Ingredients:

1/4 c multi grain oatmeal (or your gluten-free favorite oats, multi grain oats are not GF)
2/3 c water
1 tsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/3 c raspberries
3/4 tbsp brown sugar, unpacked
1/2 tbsp milk chocolate chips
1/2 tbsp slivered almonds

Directions:

1. In a small sauce pan, bring water to a boil over high heat.
2. When it begins to boil, add in oats, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Turn off hear. Stir in cocoa powder until combined. Keeping pan over residual heat, stir in raspberries until berries are heated through (30 sec-1 min).
3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract and brown sugar.
4. Transfer oats to a bowl,top with chocolate chips and almonds.
 
Yields 1 serving
4 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.

Berry Chocolate Crunch Oatmeal

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photo (84)Ingredients:

1/4 c multi grain oatmeal (or your gluten-free favorite oats, multi grain oats are not GF)
2/3 c water
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/3 c mixed berries, frozen (I used blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
1/2 tbsp brown sugar, unpacked
1/2 tbsp milk chocolate chips
1/2 tbsp granola (you can also use 1/2 of a granola bar crushed up if you don’t have any granola handy)

Directions:

1. In a small sauce pan, bring water and cinnamon to a boil over high heat.
2. When it begins to boil, add in oats, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add in mixed berries and simmer for an additional 1-2 minutes.
3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract and brown sugar.
4. Transfer oats to a bowl,top with chocolate chips and granola.
 
Yields 1 serving
4 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System
 
I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.

Chocolate Cherry Peanut Butter Oatmeal

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photo 2 (77)Ingredients:

1/4 c multi grain oats (or your favorite gluten-free oats, multi grain oats are not gf)
1/3 c water
1/3 c brewed cherry flavored coffee
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp Planters Cherry Chocolate Peanut Butter
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 banana, sliced

Directions:

photo 1 (78)

1. In a small sauce pan, bring brewed coffee, water, and cinnamon to a boil over high heat.
2. When it begins to boil, add in oats, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 1-2 minutes. 
3. Remove from heat. Stir in almond extract, cocoa powder, and peanut butter.
4. Transfer oats to a bowl, drizzle with honey and sliced banana.
 
Yields 1 serving
4 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System 
 
I am not affiliated with Weight Watchers in any way.

Honey Pear Oatmeal

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photo (70)Ingredients:

1/4 c multi grain oats (or your favorite gluten-free oats, multi grain oats are not gf)
2/3 c water
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp almond extract
3-4 slices pear, diced
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp almonds, sliced
1/2 banana, sliced

Directions:

1. In a small sauce pan, bring water and cinnamon to a boil over high heat.
photo 1 (65)2. When it begins to boil, add in oats, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 1-2 minutes. 
3. Add pear and simmer for 1-2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Stir in almond extract.
4. Transfer oats to a bowl, top with sliced almonds, banana, and honey.
 
Yields 1 serving
4 points on Weight Watchers Points+ System 
 
I am not affiliated with Weight Watchers in any way.

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