Baked Granola Bars


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Special Diet Notes: Baked Granola Bars

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian,

For egg-free and vegan: the egg may be omitted, but consider adding an extra tablespoon or two of liquid or binder, such as dairy-free milk beverage, applesauce, or nut butter.

For gluten-free: swap the wheat flour for gluten-free oat flour or favorite GF all purpose flour.

Baked Granola Bars
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Serves: 20 bars
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour blend
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries, dried berries, or raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (omit for nut free)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar (can sub coconut sugar)
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed (can sub wheat germ)
  • ½ cup honey (can sub agave nectar or maple syrup)
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil or your favorite baking oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg (see post above for Vegan Option)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, dried fruit, walnuts (if using), cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Put the sugar, flaxseed, honey, oil, applesauce, egg, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until relatively smooth. Add the dry mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Scrape the dough into your prepared pan and evenly press it in with damp hands. It will be rather sticky, but water on your hands helps to prevent sticking.
  5. Bake 25 minutes, or until the edges are golden.
  6. Let cool completely in the pan. Remove the bars using the parchment paper and cut into bars.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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