Each month I participate in The Recipe Redux, where I am challenged to create or redo a recipe based on a theme. This month’s theme is “Bars and Bites for Brown Bags”, perfect for back to school lunches! We are always looking for ways to jazz up the same old lunches for ourselves and our kids. These Bran Bites are sweet, yet satisfying, and a good source of fiber. The secret is white whole wheat flour which provides a milder flavor than traditional whole wheat flour without sacrificing nutrition. Kids love it! You can also pair a square with a low fat cheese stick or hard boiled egg for a quick, nutritious breakfast.
- 1/2 box (9 ounces or 4 cups) All-Bran cereal or equivalent (I prefer Trader Joes High Fiber Cereal)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 cups low fat buttermilk
- 2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg beaters or 1/3 cup egg whites
- 1/4 cup light flavored olive oil or organic canola oil
- 3/4 cup sugar- preferably organic or granular stevia (measured cup for cup) or 4.5 Tablespoons of granular Truvia brand
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used blueberry flavored)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In large bowl, add first 3 ingredients and stir. Add remaining wet ingredients and stir to thoroughly combine.
- Grease two 9x9 inch brownie pans with nonstick spray.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool and cut each pan into 16 pieces (total 32).
- They store well in the refrigerator or freezer.
Serving size: 1 square
98 calories, 2.3g fat, 11mg chol, 101 mg sodium, 19g carbs, 3g fiber, 7g sugar, 3g protein.
Add dried fruit for a little variety, it will slightly increase the calorie and sugar content.
Diabetic friendly: If baked with stevia, the sugar content will decrease to less than 3g per square and approximately 80 calories.
Use unsweetened strawberry, blueberry, cherry or cinnamon applesauce to change up the flavor.
Disclosure: I have no affiliation with any brands mentioned in this post.