Tasty Tuesday: Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Granola bars make a great snack, but many of the store bought ones contain ingredients that I can’t even pronounce.  No way am I feeding that to my son.  So I did some experimentation and created a yummy granola bar recipe to make at home.

What you need:

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten (this helps hold the bars together but can be omitted if you have egg allergies)

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients and mix.
  3. In a smaller bowl combine all of the wet ingredients and mix.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients making sure everything is coated evenly.  I use my hands to do this as I think it works better than just stirring with a spoon.
  5. Line a rectangular glass baking dish with parchment paper (I used an 8 x 11.5 inch one, but you could use a standard 9 x 13 if that’s all you have).
  6. Press the granola bar mixture into the dish.
  7. Bake for about 35 min.
  8. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool for another 10 minutes.
  9. Cut into bars.
  10. Enjoy!
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