Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
This recipe is from hillbilly housewife. My kids say it's better than the granola bars I buy.
- 1⁄4 cup margarine
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 1⁄2 cup applesauce
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups oatmeal
- 3 cups cereal
- 1⁄2 cup raisins (optional) or 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Heat oven to 350.
- Melt margarine.
- Add honey, applesauce, brown sugar and egg.
- Add flour, cinnamon, soda, salt and oatmeal. Dough will be sticky and stiff.
- Add dry cereal. I used a bran flake type that had added dried strawberries and strawberry yogurt chips.
- Add raisins or chocolate chips if desired.
- Press into 9x13 pan. This is easier if you use your fingertips -- wet them slightly first.
- Bake 20 minutes.
- Cut into bars.
- Note -- I left out the optional raisins, but sprinkled one cup of peanut butter chips over top after baking, then spread them over the surface after they melted slightly.
- Store individually wrapped in waxed paper for easy snacking.
These weren't exactly what I was looking for. I used rice crispies and thought they would be at least a little crunchy, but they were really chewey and didn't stay together very well. I did double the amount a raisins because my boys really like them. I think that may be why they crumbled - the raisins didn't cut nicely. They were also a tad bit bland. The applesause I used did not have any added sugar, so that may have altered the taste. My youngest son did like them alot though and couldn't get enough. But, I think I'll keep looking for something the whole family likes.
Great granola bars!! I used bran flakes and brown rice crisps (1.5 cup each) as the cereal...added 1/2 a cup of chopped walnuts and about 1/4 cup of peanut butter chips (I probably would have added more of these if I had them on hand) I did add have to add a bit more applesauce with the optional extras because my mix was beginning to look a bit dry and this worked out great for me. I love the versatility of this recipe...any combo of cereals and optional dried fruit or chip would give it a nice new twist. I look forward to playing a lot more with this (I already have cinnamon chips just discovered on this past weekend shopping excursion that I am dying to try!! :) - Thanks Teri !