This is a wonderful recipe if you want to make tasty, chewy granola bars. Take a look at the health bar labels at the store and you will find most commercial varieties are packed with sugar, artificial chemicals and other undesirable ingredients. This is why preparing your own health bars is such a great idea. You know exactly what ingredients are going into them and you can expect amazing flavor in every mouthful.
The sweetness in this recipe comes from the dried fruit, applesauce and honey. We are also using granola, cinnamon, milk and sunflower seeds. Feel free to add anything else you like such as dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chopped walnuts, or pomegranate seeds. Ensure you are using sugar-free, organic ingredients wherever possible. You can use any kind of milk here, including soy milk or almond milk.
If you are using the Apple-Cinnamon granola, you might want to leave the cinnamon out of the recipe. If you are using the Maple-Pecan one, swap the cinnamon for nutmeg perhaps. Don’t be scared to tweak the ingredients and use your preferred type of granola, favorite kind of dried fruit (chopped dried apricots or pears are also nice) and preferred spices. You might want to change the recipe a little each time you make these granola bars, for a brand new taste every time.
If the finished mixture is too loose, add more granola. If it is not loose enough, add some more milk. These health bars take about 12 minutes to cook but it depends on your oven. You can tell when they are done because they will be just firm to the touch. Keep them in an airtight container or else wrap each bar in plastic wrap and refrigerate them if you want energy-boosting, on-the-go snacks.
- 1 tablespoon melted butter or coconut oil
- 2½ cups Butte Creek Mill granola (any flavor)
- ¼ cup raisins, dried cranberries or other dried fruit
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 6 tablespoons milk (any kind)
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- ¼ cup Butte Creek Mill unhulled sunflower seeds
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Grease an 8-inch square pan using half the butter or coconut oil.
- Combine the remaining butter or coconut oil with the granola, dried fruit, cinnamon and applesauce.
- Add the milk and honey and stir well to combine.
- Mix in the sunflower seeds.
- Press the mixture into the greased pan.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until cooked through.
- Let the mixture cool in the pan.
- Cut it into 10 bars.