“The Best” Granola Bars

I have a friend from college who whenever we talked food (which was often) would begin with “My mother makes the best …” And, you know, it was true – her mom’s shortbread cookies and Danish pastries were out of this world. Well, several weeks ago I quickly copied a granola bar recipe from a magazine at the orthodontist office. In my haste, I did not write the name of the magazine down. However, I have since changed it up quite a bit so here is my take on granola bars that I have named “The Best Granola Bars.” So give it a go and see what you think …

1.  Mix the following ingredients together in one bowl:

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 T. flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup Grape Nuts cereal (nuggets)
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 8 to 12 oz. of mixed dried fruits – or just raisins or just dried cranberries
  • 2 T. unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

2.  In another bowl, mix together:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 T. canola oil

3. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and spread into a greased 8″ x 8″ baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees until lightly browned/golden, about 30 to 40 minutes.

4. Cool, cut into squares and store in air tight container.

With this many ingredients, I like to first measure everything out and then mix away – it just seems that the process of making goes much faster this way. This is also a good step for younger cooks to help with – although the recipe is simple enough that with a bit of supervision, younger kids could make start to finish.

Enjoy!

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