Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
These perfectly moist and chewy granola bars make a wonderful road trip snack, or pack into a school lunch box for a delightful & healthy homemade treat. From Strands of My Life. Note: These bars are gluten-free, if you skip the optional wheat germ.
- 5 cups old fashioned oats (for gf check pckg it hasn't been prepared with equipment which makes products containing gluten)
- 3⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup slivered almonds
- 1⁄2 cup wheat germ (leave out for gluten-free bars)
- 1 cup dried fruit (I used apricots and cranberries)
- 1⁄2 cup toasted seeds (I used sunflower and pumpkin)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (I boiled a pumpkin, skinned it and pureed it in a food processor)
- 1⁄2 cup applesauce
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄2 cups chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C Butter a 10” by 10” baking pan and line with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, mix oats, spices, dried fruit, almonds, seeds, choc chips, wheatgerm, and salt together. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, honey, and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour over oats and stir well, until all of the oats are moist.
- Evenly press oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the pan by lifting the parchment paper.
- Using a sharp knife, cut into bars.
I was looking for ways to use my last pumpkin from last summer (I live in New Zealand) and these bars caught my eye. I had just two cups of oats in the house so food.com worked out 40% of the recipe for me. By making a small batch I was able to bake them in my bench top oven.<br/>I used more pumpkin and no applesauce, used oat bran instead of wheat germ, and the mix seemed a little dry so I beat up an egg and added that, kneading it all together with clean hands. I compressed it in the baking pan with the back of a wooden spoon. When done, I let it cool for a little while then put it in the fridge overnight. I've found it's easier to cut this sort of bar when completely cool. I use a very thin Japanese cleaver which makes a good job of cutting the bars. I cut them into 20 pieces, ate a few and put the rest in the freezer.<br/>These bars were very easy to make and substitutions could be made without affecting the outcome. I'll make them regularly, thanks for posting.