I love making my own granola bars! And you will too when you taste these. Easy, healthy and way tastier then the store bought kind, you’ll never buy granola bars again!
Muffins and granola bars are two things that I am always making. They get eaten for school snacks, work lunches, and in between meals when I hear the words “mom I’m hungry”. I like to change up the add ins for the granola bars just for a bit of variety. This recipe is pretty flexible; raisins, chocolate chips or dried cranberries can be used (or all three!). They are sweetened with honey and brown sugar, though it’s only a 1/4 cup of each for the entire batch. Applesauce or buttermilk are used so there is not a lot of oil in the recipe either. I have made these bars both ways but I prefer to use applesauce as the buttermilk will add a slight tart flavour. This is definitely my go to recipe when I have to whip up a batch. I love the healthy ingredients and that there is very little oil and sugar in them.
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9×13 baking dish.
In a large bowl add oats, flour, ground flax, wheat germ, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl add oil, honey, applesauce, egg and vanilla. Mix well.
Make sure you really stir it up to make sure all the dry ingredients get moistened. If you find that it is dry, add a bit more applesauce or buttermilk. If the mixture is dry before baking it will result in dry crumbly granola bars.
Cool and cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.
- 2 1/2 cups oats, quick or old fashioned
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup total raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, any combination
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 applesauce or buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9x13 baking dish.
- In a large bowl add oats, flour, ground flax, wheat germ, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
- In a medium bowl add oil, honey, applesauce, egg and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir well to combine. Make sure you really stir it up to make sure all the dry ingredients get moistened.
- Scrape mixture into a greased 9x13 baking dish and press evenly to edges of pan. Bake 350 for 20 minutes or until the top looks dry.
- Cool and cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.