Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars

Since I started making Rob homemade breakfast muffins, I have wanted to expand the repertoire to give him a little more variety. Seeing this post on the lovely blog A Life Less Sweet gave me the inspiration to try my hand at granola bars. I used the linked recipe as a guideline but tweaked it to fit my pantry.

Cashew Cranberry Granola Bars

Oven to 325

Spray non-stick 9x13 inch baking pan lightly with canola spray

3 cups old-fashioned whole grain oats
1/4 cup golden flax meal
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
2 generous teaspoons of Penzeys cake spice
4 tablespoons very soft unsalted butter
3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
one 4 ounce cuppy of unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup toasted cashew pieces
1/2 cup craisins

Mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon until well combined. Press mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until set and nicely golden brown. Cool completely (or they will crumble to a pile of rubble) on a wire rack, turn out onto a cutting board from pan and cut into bars (will make 16 to 24 depending on how small you slice them.) Devour!

The weather has turned very warm here, so I think it's best to store them in the fridge. Simple, simple, simple and absolutely delicious, these healthy to-go breakfast bars took no time at all to put together. Lightly sweet and nutty, the small amount of sweetener allows the whole grains, fruit and nuts really shine.


  1. Hi! I am Shannon and I love your blog! I, too am exercising and eating healthy to loose a ton of weight. Several of my friends and I have started a group. We recently started a blog to keep track of our ups and downs. You look great! Keep up the good work!

  2. 2 of my favorite ingredients - cashews and cranberries. Yum!

  3. Welcome Shannon and the other Manchester Moms.

  4. "Homemade Granola Bars"

    I will have to give these a try. It looks like a great snack idea and by you making them everything is healthy. A lot of people like buying so called health bars at the store and they are just loaded with calories,sugars,fat and sodium.