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Lunchbox Granola Bars


  • 2 cups (500 mL) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (250 mL) raisins, chocolate chips or unsweetened dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sunflower seeds (or any chopped nuts)
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) applesauce
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Oil 9 x 13 inch (22 x 33 cm) baking pan. (I use a medium roasting pan lined with parchment paper)
  2. In large bowl, mix together oats, flour, flaxseed, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, sunflower seeds, and salt. Make a well in center; set aside.
  3. In small bowl, combine honey, egg, canola oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Add liquid ingredients to well and mix. Pat mixture evenly into a prepared pan. (If you use parchment paper get someone to hold it in place or you will be cursing in no time!)
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until bars begin to turn golden at edges. Cool 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow bars to cool completely before cutting or they will be too hard to cut. (I remove the granola straight away by lifting the parchment paper out of the pan. Leave the granola on the paper and use a cleaver to gently cut the bars (on the stove top or a cutting board). When completely cooled lift bars off of paper and there is no clean up!).

Nutritional Information

  • Yield: 24 pieces Serving: 1 piece
  • Calories: 150 g
  • Total fat: 6 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Sodium: 55 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fibre: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g

This recipe was tried and saved by Kirstie

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