CHEWY GRANOLA BARS - WITH NO-BAKE OPTION

6/9/2014

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Recipe by Carla Passacantilli
1 cup rolled oats (for all substitution notes, see nutrition link below)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup rice crispies (brown, white, or gluten-free)
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp oat flour
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup agave or honey
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp applesauce (banana would probably work as well, or pumpkin!)
Optional add-ins: mini chocolate chips, chopped raisins or other dried fruit, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, or anything that suits your fancy.

These can either be no bake or bake. If no bake, mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients in separate bowls. Combine the wet and dry together and add your choice of optional add ins. Spread mixture  in an 11x7 pan and pat down until even. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 mins. Cut into portions and refrigerate individually.

If you prefer to bake them, preheat oven to 350º. Follow steps above and place in oven for about 18 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting into individual portions.