Homemade Granola Bars

Hubby loves snacks, so in an effort to save money and know exactly what we're eating, I went in search of a homemade granola bar recipe. This is actually the first one I tried and I was happy with how it turned out so I have continued to make it. In my usual fashion, I did tweak the original recipe.Homemade Granola Bars

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup honey*
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (I use unsweetened)
  • 1 cup of various seeds & nuts of your choice (sunflower, pumpkin, slivered almonds, walnuts, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate or raisins (optional; in my house, chocolate is mandatory and raisins are forbidden)

  1. Preheat oven to 325 and lightly grease a 9x13 pan
  2. In a large bowl, mix ingredients well (it may take some time and muscle to get all the flour to mix in)
  3. Press mixture into pan (push down edges to make sure they are level or your bars will look funny once cut)
  4. Bake for 20 minutes
  5. Let cool for 15 minutes, then cut into squares or bars (I cut once lengthwise and then cut them widthwise to the desired size in order to make nice looking bars)

Because these get packed in hubby's lunch, I wrap each bar in cling wrap and then throw them all in a ziploc bag and keep them in the pantry.

Easy to make and although not the healthiest snack around, the homemade is way better than store bought.

Have a good, healthy snack recipe? I'd love to know!

*This recipe was updated in April 2011; honey was doubled and brown sugar eliminated