A recipe I twiddled and tweaked to come up with. It has a distinct taste of honey, and the spices are allowed to shine through. Sometimes, I add some cocoa powder for that subtle taste. Hope you like this, its one of the first recipes I managed to really tweak up nicely.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 granola bars
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

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  • Mix oats, raisins, wheat germ, whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle.

  • Whisk applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla extract together in a separate bowl until combined; pour into well of dry ingredients. Stir with two spoons until fully incorporated. Pour and press batter into prepared baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until firm, about 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool for about 10 minutes before slicing into 12 pieces.

Nutrition Facts

121 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 26g 8% DV; fat 1.3g 2% DV; cholesterol 15.5mg 5% DV; sodium 105.7mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2012
I followed the recipe exact only using dried cranberries instead of raisins and I omitted the cocoa powder. I don't keep parchment paper on hand I just sprayed my pan with a little non-stick cooking spray. Before pressing them into a baking pan I did coat my hands with non-stick cooking spray just to make it a little easier. The baking time was spot on for me. These turned out exactly as I hoped they would. I did not try them myself but the kids thought they were "yummy". Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/20/2012
Followed the recipe exactly without using the cocoa. I found them to be outstanding in flavor however rubbery in texture. I would rate them a 3 1/2 if I could. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2012
I followed the recipe exact only using dried cranberries instead of raisins and I omitted the cocoa powder. I don't keep parchment paper on hand I just sprayed my pan with a little non-stick cooking spray. Before pressing them into a baking pan I did coat my hands with non-stick cooking spray just to make it a little easier. The baking time was spot on for me. These turned out exactly as I hoped they would. I did not try them myself but the kids thought they were "yummy". Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2012
I used only whole wheat flour and changed the applesauce to pumpkin puree. Wonderful taste! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/19/2012
Followed the recipe exactly without using the cocoa. I found them to be outstanding in flavor however rubbery in texture. I would rate them a 3 1/2 if I could. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2015
I made these using my mom's homemade canned applesauce. Nice fiber blast I would make these again but add more raisins. Also I don't care for wheat flour so I just used all purpose. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2014
A bit too rubbery in texture as another reviewer mentioned. The taste wasn't quite as strong as promised. I'd like to try them again and add some more grains...maybe some flax seeds and sunflower seeds...and increase the amount of spices. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/23/2015
3 out of 4 in my family really weren't fans. They were a bit soft/chewy. That I could deal with but the flavor combination just didn't work well for us. They were fun to make but they were just not 5 star for my family. Sorry! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/13/2019
Easy to make but the taste is not good. They are rubbery and do not taste good at all. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2014
I made these sugar free - edamame instead of raisins splenda instead of brown sugar sugar-free maple syrup instead of honey sugar-free applesauce. Other than that I made as written and it turned out fine. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/01/2014
This makes a soft and moist granola bar. Read More