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Healthier Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

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These Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars are healthier and cheaper than store-bought! A great frugal snack, and kid friendly too!

Tired of paying extra money for a small box of granola bars? These Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars are easy and cheap to make, and are made with simple ingredients!

My biggest weakness, by far, is buying snack bars at the store.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. We like them, we get them on sale, they’re super convenient to stuff in my purse.

And while I prefer to buy ones like Larabars at the store, I just can’t do that with granola bars. Why? Because they’re tiny and just pathetic-looking. That wouldn’t even keep me full for a minute.

These Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars are healthier and cheaper than store-bought! A great frugal snack, and kid friendly too!

But there’s something about a homemade granola bar. They’re huge, they’re filled with good ingredients, and they’re a big hit in my household. Especially when they contain chocolate chips or raisins.

And the cost savings is amazing! Because I’m a nerd, I calculated the cost of making these Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars. They come out to 15 cents per bar, compared to 25-28 cents per store-bought bar. That can be a big savings if you buy multiple boxes a week!

Let’s talk about the ingredients. You probably have most of these ingredients at home- like rolled oats, peanut butter, honey, applesauce, and raisins. Honey is the only sweetener in this, so it’s not overly sugary. And the applesauce tends to help with the sweetness too, as well as make the bars nice and soft.

These Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars are healthier and cheaper than store-bought! A great frugal snack, and kid friendly too!

Here’s the best part: You can customize this recipe however you need. If you don’t have peanut butter, use almond butter. Use chocolate chips instead of raisins. And instead of applesauce… use pumpkin puree. And add some pumpkin pie spice. Yep, you just created a pumpkin spice granola bar. I just did this recently and oh. My. Goodness. Do it.

Make these Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars during your next meal prep session and you’ll have snacks ready for the whole week! If you try them, let me know what changes you made and how they turn out!

Healthier Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

Healthier Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Tired of paying extra money for a small box of granola bars? These Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars are easy and cheap to make, and are made with simple ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to combine.
  5. Line a pan with parchment paper and evenly spread out the mixture.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  7. Let the pan cool for 30 minutes, then cut into 16 bars. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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