Snacks are good. They're even better when you can pack a bunch of lovely things into one little square (or rectangle) and enjoy all at once. The granola bar recipes I've tried in the past have all been too dry, crumbly, or tasteless. These are, I think, close to perfection.
2 c oats (old-fashioned or quick)
1 c unbleached flour
1/2 c sugar (raw or brown)
1/2 c raisins (any dried fruit)
1/2 c chocolate chips (or carob chips)
1/2 c wheat germ
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 c chopped walnuts (pecans or almonds would work, too)
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c honey
2 tsp vanilla extract (optional; I never seem to have this on hand)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and grease.
In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, raisins, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, and walnuts. In a smaller bowl, thoroughly blend oil, honey, egg, and vanilla; pour into the flour mixture, and mix by hand until the liquid is evenly distributed. Press evenly into the prepared baking pan.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden. Cool completely in pan before turning out onto a cutting board and cutting into bars. Keep in an airtight container.
Note: Adapted from this recipe.