Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect homemade snack for fall.  Warm spices, apples, raisins, and oats… these bars have it all!

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Granola Bars - a chewy, healthy snack! - Kristine's Kitchen

As you know, homemade snacks are one of my favorite things to make.  Lately I’ve been especially loving homemade granola bars and breakfast cookies.  I’ve tried a number of granola bar recipes, and even have a few new ones that I’m excited to test out.  My latest creation are these Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars.

These bars are full of good-for-you ingredients, including oats, flaxseed, apples, and cinnamon. They are lightly sweetened with maple syrup as well as natural sweetness from the apples and raisins. If you don’t stock pure maple syrup in your kitchen, honey can be substituted. To make the bars gluten-free, you can use oat flour and replace the wheat germ with more flaxseed.

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Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Granola Bars - a chewy, healthy snack! - Kristine's Kitchen

These Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola bars can be mixed up quickly in two bowls, no mixer needed.  My family loves homemade granola bars, and we especially liked this version with the fall flavors of apples and cinnamon.  They are just perfect for packing in my Kindergartner’s lunchbox for her morning snack at school.

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars - a healthy lunchbox snack! | Kristine's Kitchen

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars
 
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Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect homemade snack for fall. Warm spices, apples, raisins, and oats... these bars have it all!
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 24 bars
Ingredients
  • 4 cups oats
  • ½ cup oat flour or whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup refined coconut oil
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apple, chopped small (about 1 small apple)
  • 1 cup raisins
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper, letting it hang over the edge on two opposite sides and cutting to fit the size of the pan on the other two sides. Lightly spray parchment with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, wheat germ, flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine almond butter and coconut oil. Heat in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, until melted. Stir to combine.
  4. To the bowl with the almond butter and coconut oil, stir in applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in the apple and raisins.
  6. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and use your hand to press it firmly down into an even layer in the pan.
  7. Bake bars for 30-35 minutes, until lightly golden. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. To cut, lift the bars out of the pan by holding onto the parchment paper overhang and place on a cutting board. Store granola bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to two months.
Note: Yes, this recipe makes a lot of granola bars. I recommend making the full batch anyways. The bars freeze well when wrapped airtight in a large zip-top bag.

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