Once again, the more you research, the more you get confused, but I googled, “the healthy granola bar”, and a version of this granola bar recipe was on several different websites, so I thought I would give it a try. It has to be better than those quaker granola bars the kids eat!
You need whatever of the following ingredients you can find…
2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of wheat germ (I used wheat bran…is that the same thing???)
1/2 cup flax seed (ground)
2/3 cup of hemp seed (I added this in because I had it)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon (I reduced this a bit)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp molasses (Which I didn’t have so I added 2 tbsp of agave nectar…same thing, right?)
1 cup apple sauce
Start by toasting the oats by stirring them on medium heat in a dry pan for 5 minutes, as you can see, I had a trusty helper as usual…
Then, mix all the dry ingredients together, then mix the wet to the dry. As you can see, my first helper got bored of stirring, so I acquired another helper who just came in from outside playing with Dad.
As you can see, I lined the pan with some parchment paper and left it hanging out on either side. This way, I avoid having to scrub the pan, and the excess paper can be used to lift it out of the pan when it comes out of the oven.
Then bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes
Here is what it looked like right out of the oven
I let them cool for a couple minutes, then lifted them out and cut it into bars while they were still warm. If you let them cool too much, they will be too hard to cut, so cut them while they are warm!
The kids seemed to like them, it’s funny how they like anything they help making. They were chewy, a little sweet, and not bad tasting. I will admit that they weren’t my favourite, but I would make them again, just because I know what’s in them, and we can eat them guilt free!