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Nut-Free Vegan Baked Oatmeal

These homemade granola bars are the perfect alternative to store-bought options. They're easy to meal prep and full of nutritious ingredients!
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola, nut free, oatmeal, raisin, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Author: Rachel Alexandra

Ingredients 

  • 3 Tbsp hot water
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup sucanat
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup dried fruit, seeds, or chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9x13 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.
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