Chewy Granola Bars

I decided it was time to spice up our snack options a little bit. I know most toddlers love those Annie’s cheddar bunnies and the fruit squeeze pouches, but Sophia gets bored if I offer the same thing too often. I also want her to have variety in her diet and don’t want to give her too many processed foods. For those of us who give our kids snacks at the park, museum, beach etc., a snack also needs to be easy to transport. Homemade Granola bars are a great healthy snack that your kids will love and they are really easy to make!

Chewy Granola Bars

2 Cups Organic Rolled Oats
1 Cup Organic Raisins
1/4 Cup Ground Flax Seed
1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Walnuts or Almonds
1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Sunflower Seeds
3/4 Cup Applesauce or Mashed Banana
2 TSP Vanilla
1/2 TSP Salt
1 TSP Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Organic Honey
1/2 Cup Organic Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Organic Canola Oil
1/2 Cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Organic All Purpose Flour

1. Mix together all dry ingredients (Oats, Raisins, Flax, Nuts, Sees, Salt, Cinnamon, Flour, Sugar).
2. Add Applesauce or Banana and Vanilla
3. Make a well and pour in egg, canola oil and honey.
4. Mix well
5. Pat mixture into buttered 9 x 11 baking dish.
6. Place in 350 oven for 15-20 minutes or until brown on edges.
7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and cut into squares. Do not allow to cool completely or you will not be able to cut.
Serving Suggestion: Great snack. I stored the granola bars in an airtight container in our pantry. I froze half of the bars and they thawed nicely.
Other Notes: Be creative with this recipe. I will add more nuts and some dried apricots next time (another 1/4 of cup of dried ingredients should work well. You can also try peanut butter instead of applesauce or banana.

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