These homemade granola bars are low in sugar and fat, and high in fruit and fibre. They’re perfect for lunch-boxes as an alternative to the sugary store-bought granola bars.
2 1/2 cups Rogers Porridge Oats*
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup of dried fruit (I used 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup chopped dried apricot)
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1 banana, mashed
2 tbsp canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*Rogers Porridge Oats is a mixture of oats, wheat bran, oat bran and flax seed. It’s awesome, but if you can’t find this in your area, you can use 2 cups of rolled oats, and 1/4 cup each of wheat bran, oat bran and flax seed.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 13 baking pan. In large bowl, mix together the porridge oats, cinnamon, flour, and fruit. Make a well in the centre, pour in the honey, egg, banana, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Pat the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars or squares. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting or they will be too hard to cut.
These were a big hit at our house! All of us enjoyed them a lot. We took them to the park to have as a snack and Cole shared them with some friends there and they liked them too. Bennett kept saying num, num, num when he was eating them so I guess that means he likes them. I think I’ll be making these instead of buying granola bars from now on.
Update: here’s a variation I just tried and they were even better than the original. Use maple syrup instead of honey and add 1/4 cup of peanutbutter. Yum!
Another update: Try them with chocolate chips, they’re amazing! Chocolate makes everything better.
-Adapted from http://www.quietfish.com/notebook/?p=1642