If you’re looking for an alternative to expensive, dry-tasting packaged granola bars, these homemade vegan granola bars that are both chewy and soft will make you happy.
When I first attempted to make crisp, chewy homemade granola bars, my efforts were only marginally successful. They tasted good, but getting them out of the baking pan required a sledgehammer, even when using baking parchment.
Here, the best of both worlds are combined, with crunchy granola enveloped in a soft dough. These bars make a fantastic pick-me up snack, a nice lunchbox treat, and are even yummy enough to have as dessert.
For extra neatness, I like to use currants and mini chocolate chips, but raisins and regular-size chocolate chips work as well.
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour or light spelt flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons natural granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup applesauce, or as needed
- 1 tablespoon safflower or other neutral oil
- 1 cup granola of your choice (homemade — see link to recipe in Notes — or store-bought)
- 1/2 cup raisins or currants
- 1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips or mini-chips
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Combine the first 4 (dry) ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the applesauce and oil. Stir together until the wet and dry ingredients are completely mixed (use a little more applesauce if need be to moisten the dry ingredients), then stir in the raisins and optional chips.
- Pour the batter into a lightly oiled 8- by 8 or 9- by 9-inch square pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center tests clean (other than the melted chocolate).
- Let cool until at room temperature, then cut in half across, then into 4 sections in the opposite direction to make 8 bars.
Here's a recipe for Homemade Crunchy Granola.
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