I love granola bars, but since we are a nut free household we can't just go to the store and buy them. I have been searching for awhile and find a recipe to make at home.
I finally found one last night. It isn't a true granola bar. It's more like a granola muffin, but they are really good and filling. They will be great to freeze and have when the baby is born as a quick snack.
I found the original recipe online and made some changes based on comments left and just our own preferences.
2 1/2 cups rolled oats (I used quick oats this time)
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup flour
3/4 - 1 cup raisins
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Liberally grease a 9X13 baking dish. In a large bowl combine oats, sugar, cinnamon, flour, raisins, chocolate chips, and salt. Once well combined make a well in the center of the mixture. Add honey, egg, applesauce, and vanilla to well. Mix until well combined. Pour into greased baking dish and spread to desired thickness. Bake for 15-25 minutes or until edges just start to turn brown. Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes. De pan and cut into desired size.
The original recipe called for wheat germ, but we don't like it so I added a little extra oats. This time I used craisins instead of raisins because it's what I had on hand. You can really change it up however you want. Leave out the chocolate chips, add more raisins, add peanut butter, whatever sounds good to you. If your not a nut free house you could always add some nuts too. In other words, go wild!