A simple base recipe, these baked granola bars are easily customized with whatever add-ins you like.
Granola bars are a regular snack around our house. However, I don’t care for the ingredients in most store bought granola bars. Corn syrup, preservatives, refined sugar, (eh, no thanks).
These homemade granola bars are so much healthier, and they taste better (well, I think they do anyway). 🙂
Simple Homemade Healthy Granola Bars
- 3 cups quick or rolled oats
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1/6 cup Sucanat or other whole cane sugar (can substitute with honey if desired)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup add ins (this can be any combo of whatever you like, dark chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, etc)
- 1/2 cup nut butter
In a large bowl, stir together oats, chia seeds, ground flax seed, cane sugar, and salt. (If using honey instead of cane sugar, just add it later when adding the other honey).
In a smaller bowl, combine applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla. Add to oat mixture and mix well. Lastly, add nut butter and your cup of add-ins and mix again. (Mixture will be thick; I usually fold in the last two ingredients by hand with a big spoon. I haven’t tried this recipe with a mixer.)
Press into a lightly greased 13×9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until turning golden brown around the edges. Let cool and cut into bars. I store mine in the fridge for about a week.
~K in the Kitchen