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Apple Pecan Granola Bars


We're always trying to get our kids to eat their oats, so what better way to do it than by sneaking it into a Halloween treat? Brown sugar and cinnamon are added to fulfill that desired sweet craving kids get on the celebrated holiday, while chopped apple, pecans, and oats make it good for them, too. 


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  • 1 1/2 Cup old-fashioned oats, toasted
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 Cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 Cups chopped apple
  • 1/4 Cup chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with parchment paper, with sides hanging over the edges. Spray the parchment with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk the vanilla, oil, sugar, egg, and egg white. In a larger bowl, combine the oats, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Add the nuts and apple and stir to combine, but do not overmix.

Spread the mixture into the prepared pan, pressing it down firmly to mold to the shape of the pan. Bake until bars are golden brown, about 30-40 minutes. Bars should be browned around the edges. Let cool before cutting and serving.