These are granola bars number four and probably the best yet. The binding ingredient is applesauce and it adds a degree of sweetness but I still added some honey though not as much as in the base recipe I found at Brown Eyed Baker. These bars have stayed together well after baking and cooling and are moist and tasty as well as healthy. I have been enjoying having my own granola bars for morning teas at work and like knowing what is in them. Adriano and Dario are also now shunning the store bought ones in favour of these.
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
2½ cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped almonds, cashew nuts, sunflower seeds and walnuts
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots and dried cherries
1/3 cup chopped dried dates and cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the honey, applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Stir in the oats, making sure that it is evenly mixed and all of the oats are moistened. Mix in the nuts and dried fruit.
3. Turn the mixture out into the baking pan and press into the pan, making sure it is evenly distributed and tightly packed.
4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Remove from the pan and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.[/print_this]