Breakfast Granola Bars

Try something new for breakfast or a light snack; a healthy alternative to your favourite chocolate bar. Use the basics of this recipe and mix up the ingredients such as adding in dried cranberries or coconut or chocolate chips or even a combination.

Recipe adapted from a Foodland Ontario recipe.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Line a 9x13in baking pan with foil, leaving a 2 in overhang on each end; grease foil.
  2. In large bowl, combine oats, flour, carrots, apple, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cinnamon and salt. In medium bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, honey, sugar and vanilla until blended. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer with a spatula. Bake at 375 degree F for about 30 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges and firm to the touch. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Using the foil overhang, remove from pan and transfer to cutting board. Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.

* Possible substitutions for sunflower seeds and walnuts include: pepitas (pumpkin seeds), pecans, peanuts, coconut, chocolate chips, dried cranberries or raisins.

INGREDIENTS

  • Quick Cooking Oats - 2 cups
  • All-Purpose Flour - 1 cup
  • Carrots - 1 cup grated
  • Apples - 1/2 cup diced, skin on
  • Sunflower Seeds and Walnut Pieces* - 1/3 cup each
  • Ground Cinnamon - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Egg - 1
  • Canola Oil - 1/2 cup
  • Honey - 1/3 cup
  • Brown Sugar - 1/3 cup, packed
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp