Sweet, chewy and healthy Beananza Bars cookies made with the inclusion of pinto or Great Northern beans. Sweetened with honey.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup natural wheat and barley cereal (Grape Nuts)
1 15-ounce can Pinto or Great Northern beans or 1-1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged Pinto or Great Northern beans, rinsed, well drained, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup dark raisins
3/4 cup chopped dates
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
7 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, cereal, beans, raisins, dates, coconut, and walnuts in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Press mixture evenly into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
Bake at 350-degrees. until bars are browned and firm to touch in center, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.
Tips: 1-2/3 cups low-fat granola cereal can be substituted for oats and natural wheat and barley cereal. Use a pastry cutter to chop beans quickly and easily.
Recipe makes 36 bars.
Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 134; Total Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 103mg; Carbohydrates: 23g; Protein: 2g; Fiber: 2g
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