Chewy Granola Bars

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These soft and chewy granola bars make a healthy, fat-free change from their commercial counterparts. Perfect for a quick energy boost or a guilt-free go-to snack anytime.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 35 minutes

Serves: 20

Ingredients

  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. sodium-free baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1½ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup raisins or dried cranberries

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8" square baking pans lightly with oil and set aside.
  • Place the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a mixing bowl and whisk well to combine.
  • Add the applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the dried fruit. Divide the mixture evenly between the 2 prepared pans and smooth down. Place pans on the middle rack in oven and bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove pans from oven and place on wire rack to cool briefly. Cut each pan into 10 equal-size bars. Carefully remove bars from pans and place on wire rack to cool. Serve immediately, store in an airtight container, or wrap individually and freeze.

Recipe Information

Serves: 20

Ingredients

  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. sodium-free baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1½ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup raisins or dried cranberries

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8" square baking pans lightly with oil and set aside.
  • Place the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a mixing bowl and whisk well to combine.
  • Add the applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the dried fruit. Divide the mixture evenly between the 2 prepared pans and smooth down. Place pans on the middle rack in oven and bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove pans from oven and place on wire rack to cool briefly. Cut each pan into 10 equal-size bars. Carefully remove bars from pans and place on wire rack to cool. Serve immediately, store in an airtight container, or wrap individually and freeze.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories120
Total Fat1g
Saturated Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium130mg
Total Carbohydrate26g
Dietary Fiber3g
Sugars12g
Protein3g