Peanut Oat Granola Bars

From Living Life With Less

Makes 8 large or 12 medium

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 12-15 minutes

Cost: $1.25

(oats: .20, whole wheat flour: .10, sugar: .10, apple sauce: .10, peanut butter: .50, chocolate chips: .25)

2 C oats (I used quick)

1/2 C whole wheat flour

1/2 C sugar (I used white, but brown or honey or raw or whatever would work)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 C applesauce (I was skeptical about this, but it totally worked and didn't create that gummy 'healthy cookie' texture)

1/2 C peanut butter

1/4 C chocolate chips (or as few as you can get away with to create the illusion of many)

Of course you could also add raisins, Craisins, nuts, seeds, or whatever the heck else you wanted

Stir together dry ingredients. 

Mix in applesauce and peanut butter. 

Press mixture into a 9x13 inch pan or a cookie sheet (I used a cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy removal and cutting, but you could just grease the pan if you wished). Press in chocolate chips or other toppings. 

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Allow to cool before cutting. 

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