The New Granola Bar: Golden Raisin Oatmeal Squares
I have nothing against prepackaged granola bars. In fact, I rather like them. But they’re usually kinda dry…and have strange things in them…plus they’re really small and always leave me ripping into another shiny wrapper to get a second one. Most of them are more candy bar than granola bar. Again, not necessarily a bad thing, but maybe not the best choice for a healthy snack. Remember Kudos?! I managed to convince myself that chocolate-covered granola bars studded with candy and caramel was a healthy snack. It’s got GRANOLA, right?
So when the lovely people over at SunMaid sent me some of their golden raisins, I decided to try my hand at a healthy granola bar. I wanted something kind of cakey and dense, chewy, sweet, and soft. They had to be soft. So I came up with these oatmeal squares, and I think they’re pretty darn good. Each bar has 160 calories and 3 grams of protein, so these are a great snack for a lunchbox or even as a quick breakfast.
Golden Raisin Oatmeal Squares
makes 16 squares
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup SunMaid golden raisins
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and position a rack in the center of the oven. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, raisins, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, and sugar, mixing well. Mix in the eggs, applesauce, oil, vanilla, and honey.
- Spread the mixture into your prepared baking dish, and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Lift the bars out of the baking pan by the parchment paper and allow to fully cool on a cooling rack before cutting into bars.