I love fall. I love it so much that I usually try to start pretending it’s fall at the end of July. And what reminds me of fall? Apples and apple pie.

The other day I realized that I hadn’t made granola bars in way too long. So I decided to make some, but I didn’t want to make the same flavors I had before (Chocolate chip and cranberry & chocolate chip and peanut butter chip). And being in my fall-ish mood, I decided that I should adapt the recipe to make apple spice granola bars.

And what a good idea that was.

These granola bars basically are a hybrid of a granola bar and apple pie.

So do you want to know how it’s done? Okey dokey, here we go!

Apple Spice Granola Bars**

makes about 18 bars, depending on how you cut it.

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter
5 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
+/- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon*
+/- 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg*
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup broken up apple chips
1/2 cup toasted oat cereal rings
2/3 cup wheat germ
*since this was an experimental recipe these measurements are approximate. This is about what I did, to taste.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a medium bowl mix together peanut butter, honey, applesauce, vanilla and spices. Mix until smooth.
3. In a large bowl stir together oats, apple chips, oat cereal rings and wheat germ.
4. Pour dry ingredients into wet and mix until well combined.
5. Pour and pat into a greased 9″x13″ pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven until golden brown.
6. Remove to wire rack and let cool. Cut into bars.
**this recipe was adapted from this recipe.

These turned out delicious! They are a bit more crumbly than your store-bought granola bars, but they still travel well. C and I usually put the cut bars directly into snack-sized zip top bags and throw them in the freezer (mainly because the two of us can’t go through that many too quickly. If you have a family, no need to freeze). Once they’re in the bags it’s easy to grab and go or throw them in Jr.’s lunch box! 🙂

[coming soon: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip granola bars!]