Healthy Granola Bars

If you need to jump start your afternoon with some fiber and protein, you may want to try these easy to make bars.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz unsweetened applesauce
4 oz honey
2 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 oz chopped almonds
2 oz chopped walnuts
2 oz chopped dates or raisins

Directions
Preheat oven to 325° F. Lightly coat a 9x13 inch pan with olive oil. In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients. Mix all wet ingredients separately. Combine all ingredients and make sure they are well mixed with no dry spots. Lightly press mixture into the pan. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes and cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan then remove and refrigerate.

Options
Substitute or add chopped nuts, seeds or any type of dried fruit.
Note: If you add additional ingredients you may find that you have too many chunky ingredients and not enough to hold it together. You can get a 'feel' for this while mixing the batch.

Makes about 24 bars.

5 comments:

Susan G. said...

These are delicious. I like to add a little bit of cinnamon.

Anonymous said...

I found that changing up the chopped ingredients will also change the moistness of the bar. I used raisins, dried apricots and unsweetened coconut and the bar was moister than it was when I used nuts and seeds.

Anonymous said...

Since I do not eat wheat and avoid gluten, I've modified this recipe as follows: I used organic, gluten-free oats and instead of 1 Cup whole wheat flower I used 3/4C brown rice flower and 1/4C almond flower. They turned out well.

DJ said...

I tried your gluten free bars and they were great!

DJ said...

I substituted chocolate chips and peanuts for the almonds and walnuts and instead of pressing into bars I scooped onto a cookie sheet and baked. Great cookies too!!