When it comes to snacks in our house, it is slim pickings. I don’t like to buy a lot of crackers or whatever people normally snack on, because I feel it is unhealthy and leads to a lot of unnecessary eating. So, of course, I have to think of other things for everyone to snack on. I try to make snacks quick, healthy and easy to grab. I have to keep trying to convince my husband that a cookie doesn’t count as a snack.
Since I make my husband a lunch to take out on the boat, I try to make it reasonably healthy. Since he doesn’t stop to eat, it can’t be messy! These granola bars are perfect. They are sweet enough to satisfy a craving, but not too sweet to be as unhealthy as a cookie. They are filling as well. A perfect go-to snack.
Recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 3/4 cup chocolate chunks
- 3/4 cup chopped almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla.
- Mix well, making sure there are no dry ingredients. Mix in the raisins, chocolate chunks and almonds. Pat the mixture into an even layer in the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the bars start to turn golden brown around the edges. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before cutting. Do not allow the bars to cool for any longer because they will crumble when cut.