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Chocolate Lover's Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
2 cups low fat chocolate milk
2 ripe bananas
2 cups unsweetened, frozen strawberries

Combine ingredients in a blender.  Cover and process until smooth.  Makes 3-4 servings.

Maple Nut Crunch Bars
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup (try Maple Grove Farms or Spring Tree)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 cups old-fashioned oats
¼ cup slivered almonds
½ cup minced dried apricots
¾ cup raisins
2 tablespoons of nut butter (try almond, soy nut or natural peanut butter) 
2 graham cracker sheets (try Honey Maid plain or chocolate varieties)

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large, microwave-safe bowl, stirring well.  Microwave on high for 1 minute, stirring half-way through.  Add oats and almonds to mixture, and toss well to coat.  Microwave on high for 7 ½  minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.  Stir in apricots and raisins.  Cool completely.  Yield:  6 cups granola (serving size ¼ cup). 

Spread nut butter on graham crackers, and sprinkle 1/8 cup of granola between each pair of graham crackers to make a “sandwich.”  Use leftover granola as a topping for fat-free yogurt. Alternatively, store granola in an airtight container for up to one week or transfer to snack-sized bags and freeze for up to 6 months. 

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