Heart Healthy Oatmeal Berry Granola Bars

Berry Almond Granola Bars

Last week my friends at San Diego 6 News asked me to host a segment on “Heart Healthy Dishes”.  I knew I wanted to make my healthy and delicious Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burgers, loaded with heart healthy ingredients, but I also wanted to throw a couple of new recipes in the mix!

Oatmeal Berry Granola Bars

These Heart Healthy Granola Bars are the first of two new recipes  I premiered on the show, the other, a Heart Healthy Fruit Smoothie Recipe!

Heart Healthy Granola Bar Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¼ cup flax seed
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup honey

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor.

Oatmeal Berry Granola Bar Recipe

Blend until ingredients are well combined and sticky.

Spread the mixture on to a baking sheet.

Oatmeal Berry Granola Bar Recipe

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and slice into bars or cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. I went with circles, but hearts, stars or shamrocks for St Patricks Day would be fun!

Blueberry Oat Granola Bars

So much healthiness for your heart in these delicious little bars. Soluble fiber which can lower cholesterol levels from the oats,  polyphenols from the blueberries which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the olive oil, high in monounsaturated fat, also known as “heart healthy fat” and the flax seed full of omega 3 fatty acids and fiber!

Heart Healthy Granola Bars

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option:  This recipe is gluten free.

Heart Healthy Oatmeal Berry Granola Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8-12 bars (depending on size of bar)

Heart Healthy Oatmeal Berry Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¼ cup Premium Gold Ground Flax Seed
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  • ½ cup honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor.
  3. Blend until ingredients are well combined and sticky.
  4. Spread the mixture on to a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and slice into bars or cut into shapes with cookie cutters
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