You know how when you have an idea and then it turns into another idea which turns into another then another and then at the end it’s nothing like what you had initially imagined? That’s what happened with these guys. I went into the kitchen to make maple coconut granola and came out with bars that had no maple or coconut in them!
These turned out very well, much better than I expected. They were slightly chewy right out of the oven but they’ve firmed up considerably since then. I put quite a a bit of nuts in them because my husband will take these to work and he needs the protein but feel free to scale back. Also, use whatever nuts you like. Same with the dried fruit, I had dried cranberries but raisins, dried blueberries, dates, anything would work beautifully.
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment or grease pan generously.
Combine oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, cranberries, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and salt in a large bowl. In a seperate bowl, combine honey, egg, applesauce, and vanilla extract; add to dry ingredients. Stir well to make sure everything gets moistened.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until the bars start turning golden brown. Cut into bars shortly after coming out of the oven and allow to cool on cooling rack.