Nut-Free Granola Bars

Recently, I was given a granola bar recipe and asked how one could make it healthier. I decided to take on the challenge and give the recipe a try by making a few substitutions. The result was a scrumptious pan of soft granola bars with less sugar, cholesterol, and fat than the original.

Ingredients:

In a large bowl, mix the oats

3 tbs hot water

1 tbs flax

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup wheat germ

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup applesauce

2 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup dried fruit, nuts, seeds, or chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. Heat 3 Tbs. of water in a teapot on the stove.
  3. Whisk 1 Tbs. of ground flax seed with the water and set it off to the side. This will act as an egg to hold the bars together.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the oats, flour, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt. If you don’t have wheat germ, flax seed or more flour can act as a substitute.
  5. Add the applesauce and vanilla to the “egg”.
  6. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and fold in the dried fruit.
  7. When everything is well combined, put the mixture in the pan and pat it down by hand.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes. The edges should be turning golden brown.
  9. Allow the bars to cool for a few minutes, but cut them while they are still warm.

 

 

 

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