Cocoa Granola Bars

Cocoa Granola Bars

1 cup oats (uncooked)
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup Post 100% Bran Cereal
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped dried fruit (aprictos, apples, dates)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
3 tbsp liquid honey
2 tsp vanilla

Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl.

Melt butter with brown sugar in small saucepan. Add cocoa, honey and vanilla, stirring until smoothly blended. Pour over cereal mixture. Mix well; stirring to coat all dry ingredients with cocoa mixture.

Press firmly in 9-inch square pan, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes. Underbake for chewy bars and bake a little longer for crisp ones.

Helpful Hint: Add 3/4 tsp grated orange rind for a new taste sensation.

One serving (1 bar):

175 calories
3.6 g protein
6.5 g fat
29g carbohydrate
3.4g dietary fibre
69mg sodium
233 mg potassium