Loaded with oats, dried fruit and seeds, these homemade granola bars will keep you full for hours!
by Lindsay Evans
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If you're a fan of granola but you're someone who's always on-the-go, why not make your own homemade granola bars? Healthier than store-bought, our recipe is quick and easy to make, packed with rolled oats, sesame seeds and dried fruit and held together by a delicious almond butter, applesauce and honey mixture. Simply bake in the oven at 350 F for 30 minutes and you've got a perfect mid-week breakfast or snack. Not a fan of dried cranberries or sesame seeds? Don't fret. This recipe is ultra-versatile so take out what you don't like and add in any ingredients that you do!
3 cups thick-cut rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground all spice
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup smooth almond butter
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan and line with parchment paper. Combine oats, cherries, cranberries, cinnamon, all spice and sea salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, combine almond butter, applesauce, honey and vanilla. Stir to combine well.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan with your fingers. Bake on middle rack until golden brown and firm, 30 minutes. Let cool completely, then remove from pan and cut into 9 to 12 squares.
Tip: Store these bars in an airtight container in your fridge for 3 days.