WOW! Who can believe Pesach is already over!! I always compare making Pesach to making a wedding – there’s all the anticipation, planning, anxiety…. arranging menus, accommodations, and wardrobes etc… and then, in the blink of an eye it’s all over. But hopefully, we are left with great memories (along with the extreme exhaustion), and of course – it’s all worth it!
With the kids heading back to school, I try once again, to send them off with some healthy snacks. Inevitably, we end up with junk food – but good intentions must be worth something!
In the past, I’ve tried multiple recipes for granola or power bars, but have not been able to please my children’s discerning palates. Finally! I put together something new and it actually earned me 3 thumbs up!! I’m the one having the last laugh because these are the healthiest ones I’ve tried so far. I love that they are nice and chewy and so versatile – you can change the white flour for whole wheat, and switch the chocolate chips for craisins or dried blueberries. A great way to add some omega 3 is to switch 1/4 cup of wheat germ for flax seed.
Have fun playing with different variations. I hope you enjoy them!
2 cups oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used mini)
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a large bowl, mix oats, sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour and salt.
3. Make a well and add honey, egg, oil applesauce and vanilla inside.
4. Mix well and add chocolate chips.
5. Pat down into a lined 9×13 pan.
6. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
7. Let cool for 5 minutes and slice into bars 1 3/4” x 3”. Be sure to cut while still warm.
Difficulty: easy Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 35 min Yield: 15 bars