Gingerbread Granola Bars
Gingerbread Granola Bars
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Chewy, soft and full of autumn goodness. Vegan, Gluten-Free.

Servings: 9 bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (use gluten-free oats for gluten allergies)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (4 oz)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses (black strap is okay)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x9 or 8x8 inch baking dish with non stick spray and line with parchment paper, then spray the parchment and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, cranberries, pecans, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda.

  3. In a small bowl, stir together the applesauce, maple syrup, molasses and vanilla extract.

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.

  5. Transfer the sticky mixture to the parchment lined baking dish, pressing down firmly and spreading evenly.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove from oven.

  7. Allow the bars to cool for 30 minutes and then score into 9 bars, but do not fully cut.

  8. Cool the bars completely (you can lift the parchment slightly to see if they are still warm on the bottom). Then remove the bars from the pan by lifting up on the parchment paper. Cut the bars all the way through.

  9. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.