Traveling with little ones can be tough, especially when they get hungry! Are you still looking for a snack that your kids will love and that’s perfect for those long car rides to Grandma’s, the beach, even Disneyworld? If so, I’ve got a recipe for homemade granola bars that makes a fantastic portable snack for all you families on the go!
This recipe produces a chewy, delicious snack bar that’s a cross between your traditional granola bar and an oatmeal raisin cookie. Unlike potato chips, popsicles, candy, etc., these granola bars won’t leave your child and car a mess, and, they’re much healthier than all those processed foods found in the convenience store snack aisles.
This recipe is great for busy moms because the granola bars take only a few minutes to make and your kids will love helping you out and mixing all the ingredients together by hand. While this recipe calls for raisins, you can add whatever your family likes such as chocolate chips, peanut butter, shredded coconut, almonds, dried fruit…the list goes on and on!
Now, don’t shy away from this recipe when you see wheat germ and rolled oats on the list of ingredients. Wheat germ can be found on the cereal aisle of your local grocery store and rolled oats will be on the oatmeal aisle (or, in the bulk bin area of stores like Whole Foods). Perfect for long car trips, after school snacks, even a pre-workout treat for mom and dad, these granola bars are sure to be a huge hit with your entire family! Enjoy!
Chewy Granola Bars
Makes around 20 granola bars
2 cups rolled oats
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup wheat germ
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup raisins
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup honey
1 egg, beaten
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins, and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, applesauce, oil, and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.
Store in an airtight container
Recipe adapted from www.allrecipes.com.