My four year old loved these chewy little snacks so much she called them "Muncha-ma-doodles". They certainly are "munch" better then any store bought granola bar -- and a whole lot cheaper!
2 c old fashioned oats
1 c whole wheat flour
1/4 c wheat germ (located in the organic refrigerated section of grocery stores)
1/4 c flax seed
1/2 cup brown sugar substitute
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt (optional)
1 1/2 c dried fruit mix*
1 c unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients and fruit together (first 9 ingredients). In another bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Add applesauce mixture to oat mixture.
Pat into a 13x9 baking dish, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Leave a 1 1/2 inch space at both ends of pan.
Bake 20-25 min. Let cool in pan 5 min. Cut into 3 1/2"x2" bars and remove to wire racks to cool completely. Place individual bars in ziplock bags. Store in a cool, dark place for up to one week.
Makes approx. 24 bars, about 100 calories each
*Dried Fruit Suggestions:
Chopped dried apple rings
Strawberry or banana bites (in the baby food isle)
1.) Cocoa Bars: Add 1 Tbl cocoa powder
2.) Almond Bars: Substitute almond extract for vanilla, and sprinkle 1 cup sliced almonds on top before baking
3.) Chocolate Peanut Butter bars: Add 1/4 c peanut butter and 1 c mini chocolate chips
4.) Pumpkin Bars: Add a can canned pumpkin and 1 Tbl pumpkin pie spice (instead of cinnamon and nutmeg)
5.) Hawaiian Bars: Use dried pineapple and/or mangos and 1 cup shredded coconut
6.) Nutty Bar: Add 1 1/2 cup chopped nuts (won't be quite as chewy though!)