I’ve been on the search for a healthy, homemade granola bar for my toddler, and these passed the test. They are mama and kid-approved. And great running fuel, too. 🙂
The bars are whole grain, high in fiber and have minimal added sweetener. They’re a great snack on-the-go, or crumbled on top of plain yogurt. I like to make a large batch and keep them stashed in the freezer.
Good-for-you Granola Bars (print recipe)
- 2 c. rolled oats
- 1 c. ww pastry flour (or regular whole wheat flour, spelt flour, etc)
- 1/4 c. ground flaxseed
- 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut, shredded
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 c. raisins or dried cranberries, or other dried fruit*
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4- 1/2 c. honey, depending on your desired level of sweetness
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 c. coconut oil or canola oil
- 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp. vanilla
Linea 9×13 pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350.
In large bowl, mix the first seven dry ingredients (through salt). Stir wet ingredients together in a small bowl and pour into the oat mixture. Mix well, and pat into the pan to fill about 3/4 of the pan. Bake 28-30 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, than cut before completely cool and hardened. These store at room temperature a few days, and also freeze well.
*I substitute 1/2 c. chocolate chips for a treat. You could also add sunflower or pumpkin seeds to increase the protein content or in place of the coconut.