Nut Free Granola Bars

My kids love this recipe. It is easy to make and very healthy. You can add anything you want to it and it will still work. Seeds, chocolate chips and mixed dried fruits are some of the things I like to add to it.

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Makes 24 bars

2 cups Quaker oats
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup wheat germ (you can omit for gluten-free)
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour (you can use a gluten free flour mix, King Arthur is nut-free!)
¾ cup any dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, chopped pineapple, etc)
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup honey
1 egg, beaten
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, dried fruit and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be hard to cut.