This granola bar recipe is one of the ones that is a fail proof recipe, when I found it I was excited! I did some playing with it and now it’s frequently on my baking rotation. EVERYONE loves it! It’s a great school snack (NO NUTS HERE!), post workout snack or a quick on the move breakfast. It’ll leave your tummy full, your conscience clear and your bank account happy! Best of all, it’s easy to do and virtually no kitchen experience required (side note: You do need to know how to turn on your oven. You know, it’s the thing attached to the stove top where you make noodles…)
- Rolled Oats
- Brown Sugar
- Wheat Bran
- Ground Cinnamon
- Whole Wheat Flour*
- Egg, beaten
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Vanilla Extract
- Mini Chocolate Chips optional
* We often use Spelt flour in place of Whole wheat or unbleached All Purpose flour. The Spelt flour 2 Cups ½ Cup ½ Cup 1 Tsp 1 Cup ¾ Cup ½ Tsp ½ Cup 1 1/3 Cup (This works out to one, individual serving sized cup) 2 Tsp 1/8 Cup increases the overall protein value of the bars.
** You can easily substitute dried cranberries, currants, chopped dried apricots, chopped apple or if they aren’t going to school any sort of nut you enjoy.
Pre-Heat Oven to 350 degrees 1. In a medium bowl combine rolled oats, brown sugar, wheat bran, cinnamon, flour, raisins, salt and mini chocolate chips. Stir gently to combine. 2. In a small bowl beat egg until frothy, then add honey, applesauce and vanilla. Whisk together and add to flour mixture. 3. Using the dough hook on your mixer or your hands combine all the ingredients until they stick together. 4. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and add granola bar mixture. 5. Using a piece of waxed paper (so it doesn’t stick to your hands or the rolling pin) press the granola mixture to fit the pan. Our girls LOVE to help with this part. Once it’s roughly pressed down, use a rolling pin to make the bars pack down and lay even. 6. Bake at 350 degrees for 28 minutes or until the edges are brown. 7. Once you’ve removed the bars from the oven, all them to rest for 5 minutes and then cut while still warm. We like smaller bars so we cut them into 7 strips length wise and then 3 strips width wise. You do what suits your family! 8. Once cooled store in an airtight container or for easy mornings put each bar into a snack sized zipper bag.
These bars are a good source of nutrition, a healthy alternative to the grocery store kind and a fun way to get your kids into the kitchen to help! They last in an airtight container about 3 weeks, but I’m betting once your family has their first taste they won’t last more than a few days. Play around with the ingredients, find what works for you.