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Soft and Chewy Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars

Here’s an easy-to-make vegan bar filled with chewy granola in a soft dough. It’s a kind of a cross between a granola bar and a blondie bar. Perfect as a mid-afternoon snack with coffee or tea, an on-the-go breakfast, or to pack in the lunchbox. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.

Makes: 8 bars

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, ground flaxseeds, or wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 heaping tablespoon nut butter, optional
  • 1 cup granola of your choice (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup raisins or currants
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the first 4 (dry) ingredient in a mixing bowl and stir together.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the applesauce and optional nut butter. Stir together until the wet and dry ingredients are completely mixed. It will be a stiff batter. Stir in the granola, raisins, and chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into a lightly oiled 9- by 9-inch pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center tests clean (aside from the melted chocolate). Let cool completely in the pan, then cut into 8 bars.

homemade granola bars recipe

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  • Reply
    Jeannie Lee
    February 16, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Love the healthy ideas

    • Reply
      February 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you, Jeannie!

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    irma evans
    March 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Please put the Calories and fat content.

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      March 24, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Irma, I don’t normally have the stats on hand, but this recipe happens to be from one of my books, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. Per bar, if divided into 8 bars, it’s 175 calories and 6 grams of fat.

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    March 24, 2014 at 2:57 am

    when do you add the granola? it’s listed in the ingredients but not in the directions.

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    March 24, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Mar, thanks for the catch. I corrected it.

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    March 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Any substitutes for the applesauce?

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      March 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Jackie, yogurt (preferably nondairy) would result in the same texture.

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    August 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Can you put more of different types of seeds or raisins or maybe even ground oatmeal and still get the same texture?

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      August 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Kyla, that should work. Just make sure everything is moist, but not mushy!

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    October 24, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I tried these and they are really good. Personally, I’d like them a tad sweeter so I might add a little bit of honey or maple syrup but that is, of course, personal taste. Thank you for the great recipe!

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