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.
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
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13 pan.
- Heat 3 Tbs. of water in a teapot on the stove.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the applesauce and vanilla to the “egg”.
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients and fold in the dried fruit.
- When everything is well combined, put the mixture in the pan and pat it down by hand.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. The edges should be turning golden brown.
- Allow the bars to cool for a few minutes, but cut them while they are still warm.