Today’s recipe was inspired by my younger daughter who loves to watch YouTube videos about school lunch and snack ideas. This homemade granola bars recipe is from Whole Foods. The granola bars are really quick to make and super delicious. You can add any dried fruit or nut or even chocolate chips. I made mine nut-free, so they are safe to send to school.

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INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 quick rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup oat flour
1 cup dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apricots )
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp pure vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place oats and coconut on a tray with parchment paper and place in the oven to toast for approximately 10 minutes or until light brown. Let cool. Add oat flour, nuts, dried fruit and cooled toasted oats and coconut in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix together applesauce, honey and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix gently with a wooden spoon. Prepare an 8×8 glass container with parchment paper. Place granola ingredients into container in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely and slice into bars. Can be stored for a week in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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