Friday Fare: Granola Bars

We love these granola bars. As soon as the batch runs out, I make another. They're super easy to make and, believe me, after you eat these, you'll never go back to packaged granola bars filled with preservatives, chemicals, and lots of allergens again. Give them a try this week-end.

Granola Bars
free of dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts


2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour (I use ¾ regular flour and ¼ whole wheat flour)
3/4 cup raisins, marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, or any other add-ins you prefer (check labels for allergens)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 tablespoon warm water, 1 1/2 tablespoon canola oil, 1 teaspoon baking powder mixed until bubbly (this is the substitute for one egg)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Prepare:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt.
Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, water/oil/baking powder mixture, oil and vanilla. Mix well.
Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges.
Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm.
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