Short and sweet today! Not the most drop dead gorgeous recipe, but it sure makes up for it in how simple, healthy, and delicious it is.
Just like your favorite granola bars, these are chewy with lots of cinnamon spices and sweetened with honey. You can mix in whatever you want! Next time I make these, my choice will be almond slivers and dark chocolate chips :)
Chewy Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1/3 to 3/4 cup coconut sugar, to taste
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of allspice
3/4 cup mix-ins (raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, nuts)
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (optional, keeps them chewy)
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together:
Make a well in the center, and pour in the:
Mix well using your hands.
Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.