L’s favorite granola bars

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.

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