My friend Courtney is an amazing cook and baker. I am constantly saying ‘Hey, can I get that recipe?’ This is her granola bar recipe. I made them the night she sent it to me. The granola bars are very soft and amazingly yummy. The thing I love most about them is that you can add whatever you would like! Thanks Courtney for constantly sharing your recipes with me!
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup total (or more!) of any extra goodness you want! -Chocolate Chips, cranberries, nuts, coconut, etc.
For these I added 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips and 3/4 cup coconut.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, (extra ingredients) and salt.
Make a well in the center, and pour in the oil, honey, egg, applesauce and vanilla. Combine with a large spoon. Pat down the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Use a section of plastic wrap over the pan to press down and make it nice and smooth!
Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges, but are still a little shiny. DO NOT OVER BAKE!
Cool for 5 minutes, and then cut into bars while still warm. Serve when completey cool & enjoy!