Homemade Granola Bars {for school lunch}

Granola bars are a go-to lunch item.  But if your school bans nuts, or if you ban nuts, they can be almost impossible.  Burst past those rules with your own.  Swap out raisins for other dried fruit or just stick to the basics.  A perfect after school snack too!

2 cups quick oats
1 cup rice krispie cereal
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup raisins
½ cup toasted coconut
3 tablespoons flax seed
¼ cup wheat germ
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of an 8×8 baking pan.  Cut parchment paper to fit inside with two ends hanging over. Set aside.
Mix all dry ingredients together with your hands until all brown sugar is broken up and mixture is well combined.  Add oil, honey, and vanilla and continue to combine gently with your hands until the entire mixture is moist. 
Press into prepared pan.  Pack the mixture in well, but don’t press too hard. 
Bake 20-22 minutes until golden brown.  When done baking, remove immediately from the oven and let sit at room temperature 24 hours.  Remove from pan and cut with a sharp knife into 2” x 4” bars.  Wrap individual bars with wax paper and keep in an airtight container up to one week. {or bake in muffin tins for granola bars that you don’t have to cut.}
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