Sweet Little Details: Homemade Granola Bars

Image by Jen Campbell

I’m trying to eat a little healthier, but being a party planner with a major sweet tooth…well, you can see my dilemma.   We have some major events coming up with lavish desserts and I cannot wait, which means I have to be extra disciplined at home.  It’s not an options for the planner to NOT try the desserts.  We have to know who has the best in town and to be able to answer questions like, “What does a macaroon taste like?” Right? Right.

However, it’s always nice as a host to offer something on the light or low calorie side.  If you have a woman’s brunch or a baby shower coming up, these are perfect.  They come from our favorite Sweet Little Details friend, but she received the recipe from one of our other friends, Courtney.  Enjoy!

Granola Bars

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!

 

 

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