Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

These low-fat chewy granola bars are so quick to make and they taste great!

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 egg
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup raisins

In a small bowl, combine apple sauce, maple syrup and egg. In a larger bowl, combine dry ingredients, then add in the wet ingredients and stir until fully combined. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.

I adapted this recipe from a clean eating blog that I really enjoy, called Emily Eats Clean. Every day she writes posts with photos of what she’s eating. I love getting little glimpses into her life, even if it makes me feel like a huge couch potato to hear about all her vigorous exercising. Anyway, here is her post on these Baked Bars if you’re interested.
Most often I make them with Rogers Porridge Oats instead of old-fashioned oats, and when I do I don’t put in the ground flax seed because the porridge oats already have flax in them. This recipe is really fast to throw together. I can have them ready to go in the oven before the oven is even finished heating up. The first time I made these we ate them in the car on the way to the pool, and the car was filled with ‘yum-yum-yum’ sounds from the boys all the way there. I like that they’re a bit chewy because that’s how I prefer my granola bars to be. I really love them smeared with almond-butter, and Cole likes peanut butter on his. The next time I made them I used mini-chocolate chips instead of raisins, just to change things up, and the kids went nuts for them.

In non-granola-related news, I was in a rush tonight and threw together a lazy meal of Kraft Dinner shells with broccoli and hot dogs. When Tony was eating dinner he said how much he loves the dinners I make and that I have such great ideas and I seem to always seem to make exactly what he’s craving that night.  Wow, I don’t know how such an uninspired meal brought that on, but I like it!  There really have been big changes in my cooking since starting this blog. I used to see making meals as an inconvenient and time-consuming process and I hated trying to come up with things to make, but now I love searching for new and creative meal ideas. There are so many amazing food blogs out there that I had no idea about before I started food blogging myself.  Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments (Tony too!). You motivate me to continue to try new things and to actually enjoy cooking.

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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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