I’m calling these Autumn Chewy Granola Bars because they taste like fall to me and Fall Chewy Granola Bars just sounded weird. They’ve got the nummy seasonings of a pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. Eventually I’ll probably make a Pumpkin Chewy Granola Bar, which will negate these but whatever. About August time I start craving Autumn-y things. It’s mostly just the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg in warm beverages and copious amounts of pumpkin in any form. Many of you start craving Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks and whatnot, others are fancy enough to make theirs at home.
Read: Cheap and picky as hell. And has gotten to the point where, if they don’t make their food they can’t be satisfied with it. But you know what, you got to start sharing the crazy in order to move past it. Right?
Fuck, I hope so.
Anyhoozers. These are some chewy granola bars that are nummy and good for you and not as sugary as many recipes you’ll find. Much like my granola. Instead of oil as a binder I use wheat puffs and water. In execution it makes sense, but when you write it out, that sentence just sounds ridiculous.
3 cups oats (old fashion)
2 cups wheat cereal
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg white
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (roasted)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (roasted)
1/4 cup flax seeds (roasted)
1/2 – 3/4 cup dried cranberries/raisins
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon*
3/4 tsp allspice*
3/4 tsp nutmeg*
1 1/2 tsp ginger*
*Or your favorite pumpkin/apple pie spice
Preheat oven 350°
Prep your cereal, oats, seeds, and nuts on a baking sheet (or 2) and lightly roast. 10 minutes should do it depending on how heavily you crowd your sheet. Make sure you check it every couple minutes and move stuff around to prevent burning.
While that’s doing its thing turn your attention to your liquids and spices. Add your egg white, honey, juice, water (you can use all juice if you want), vanilla, spices, and applesauce to a bowl.
Your oven stuff should be done now. It’s not going to get a rich color or anything, but you should start to smell it. Add it to a mixing bowl.
Add in your fruit.
And baking powder/salt.
Combine and add in your liquid.
Stir until there are no dry oats left.
Pour out onto greased cookie sheet (I weirdly don’t have one) or a 9×13 pan. You can use parchment paper or something on the bottom to make it easier to remove the bars later, but I always find that kind of wasteful, both in product and time.
Wet your hands and flatten the granola, pressing down firmly. The denser it is the more likely it is to stay together when it’s baked.
Bake in your 350° oven for 15-20 minutes until it looks golden-y and set.
Allow to cool. Completely is best, but I understand your impatience.
Wrap individually and store in air tight container. They’ll last longer in the fridge.